Everyone at the Alliance has one goal,
to make every child a graduate.
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Advisory Groups

Terry Peterson

Director, Afterschool and Community Learning Network; Chairperson of Board of Directors, After School Alliance

Terry K. Peterson, PhD is director of the Afterschool and Community Learning Network. He also serves a chairperson of the board of directors for the After School Alliance and is senior fellow for policy and partnerships at the College of Charleston. Dr. Peterson serves on the executive committee of the National Center for Summer Learning at John Hopkins University, the Council for Corporate and School Partnerships, and the Mayor of Charleston’s School Reform Committee. He is involved in international education efforts, most recently in Argentina, Mongolia, Brazil, Northern Ireland, South Korea, and Denmark.

Dr. Peterson served as the chief education advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education for eight years. At the U.S. Department of Education, he helped develop nationwide education improvement strategies, such as Advanced Placement, E-Rate, 21st Century Community Learning Center, and teacher quality initiatives. He cofounded International Education Day, the Partnership for Family Involvement, America Goes Back to School, the Pathways to College Network and the Arts Education Partnership. Prior to his tenure in Washington, DCm Dr. Peterson served as chief education advisor to Gov. Richard Riley in South Carolina, where he helped design, enact, fund, and evaluate one of the most comprehensive and successful K-12 education improvement packages in the nation.

Dr. Peterson was honored with a leadership award from the National Community Education Association and the distinguished alumni award from the University of South Carolina. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and education from the University of Wisconsin, and master and doctorate degrees from the University of South Carolina, with an emphasis in research, evaluation, and statistics.

Every Child a Graduate. Every Child Prepared for Life.