Nazareth College is proud to announce that David Anderson, Ph.D., a community scholar in residence with the College of Arts and Science and School of Education at Nazareth is being honored by the Rochester Area Council for Social Studies with the Partners in Education Award.
This award recognizes school and community cooperative efforts that promote success in the classroom and in life. It honors a non-school individual and/or organization that provides programs, activities and actions that enable others to learn and become more active citizens and members of the community.
Anderson has worked with the Nazareth College Center for Service-Learning to engage students in reviewing the Underground Railroad freedom struggle as it unfolded in the Rochester region. Anderson chairs the Freedom Trail Commission, striving to make the personalities and event that characterized the Underground Railroad more accessible. Anderson crafts and performs living history reenactments, e.g., as Civil War veteran, George Brown; Rev. Thomas James (founder of Rochester’s 179 year old A.M.E. Zion Church), pioneer freedom fighters Austin Steward, Frederick Douglass, and other exemplars.
Anderson will receive his award at the Rochester Area Council for Social Studies annual dinner meeting on June 3 at University of Rochester’ Rush Rhees Library, where the group will discuss The Future of Assessment in Social Studies and New York State’s decision to remove the Social Studies Regents exam.
Panelists include William Cala, visiting professor of education at Nazareth College and former superintendent at Fairport and Rochester City Schools, Kevin Meuwissen, assistant professor of social studies education at University of Rochester, and S.G. Grant, dean of SUNY Binghamton’s School of Education.