Stand Up, Speak Up, Act Up: Social Studies for Social Justice

Sixth Annual Social Studies Department Conference

Save the date ladies and gentlemen, the sixth annual Rochester City School District Social Studies Department conference will be taking place on Saturday, April 21st at School of the Arts. This year’s theme, Stand Up, Speak Up, Act Up: Social Studies for Social Justice, underscores the importance of preparing our students not only for college and careers, but in preparing them to take informed action as citizens of our city, country, and world. There will be workshops and sessions for teachers of all grade levels as well as giveaways and raffles for great prizes and instructional resources. Participants will receive up to 7 hours of RCSD professional development credit. Registration will begin on True North Logic in March.

The day will begin with a welcome and opening remarks at 8:30AM and end at 3:30. A light box-lunch will be served courtesy of (and with great appreciation to) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Pubilshing, McGraw Hill Education, and Pearson Education. Please see below for sessions at-a-glance and information about our keynote speaker:

Keynote Speaker

Featured Speaker:

Dr. Terrence Roberts

On September 4, 1957, Terrence James Roberts became one of the Little Rock Nine, a group of African-American students who, in 1957, were the first black students ever to attend classes at Little Rock Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas. In 1999, he and the other members of the Little Rock Nine were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal by President Bill Clinton.

After Little Rock, Roberts continued his education at California State University, Los Angeles and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1967. He received his Master’s degree in social welfare from the UCLA School of Social Welfare in 1970, and his Ph.D. in psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1976.

From 1975 to 1977 he was a member of the faculty at Pacific Union College, a private liberal arts college in Napa Valley, California. From 1977 to 1985 Roberts was Director of Mental Health at St. Helena Hospital and Health Center. From 1985 to 1993 he was assistant dean in the UCLA School of Social Welfare. Roberts joined the Antioch University Los Angeles in 1993 and served as core faculty and co-chair of the Master of Arts in Psychology program until 2008. He is currently Principal of the management-consulting firm, Terrence Roberts Consulting.

Workshop Sessions


Conference 2018 Sessions At-a-Glance.pdf

*Click HERE to view the sessions-at-a-glance with descriptions.



A boxed lunch will be served at 12:00 and our keynote will begin by 12:40. Lunch is generously provided by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw Hill, and Pearson Education

Full Program

Conference 2018 Program.pdf

Conference Materials

Conference Materials on Google Drive

Other Conference Material Links

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