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Longtime School’s Out Partner Honored as 2014 Influential Leader in Afterschool

by School's Out Washington | | Posted under Afterschool and Summer News

Congratulations to School’s Out Washington’s longtime partner Terri Ferinde Dunham, Collaborative Communications Group Partner, who was recently named as one of the National AfterSchool Association (NAA) 2014 “Top Most Influential People in Afterschool.”  NAA honors those afterschool leaders whose service, research and action influence and impact large numbers of children and families.

School’s Out has worked closest with Terri in her role managing for the past decade the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation now with 47 statewide networks and partnerships focused on policy and funding for high-quality afterschool programs across the country. She also serves as director of the Expanded Learning and Afterschool Project, a 50-state initiative harnessing the power of networks and leaders to help schools and communities leverage the time beyond school to accelerate student achievement by sharing research on high quality expanded learning; identifying and spreading best practices in afterschool and summer learning; and sharing affordable, sustainable and effective expanded learning approaches. Dunham is the publisher and author in the groundbreaking compendium, Expanding Minds and Opportunities, Leveraging the Power of Afterschool and Summer Learning Programs for Student Success.

“The most influential people in afterschool are those working day to day with young people to spark interests and fuel passions,” Dunham said.  “I am grateful to be able to support those afterschool professionals and the systems-builders at local, state and national levels to expand learning opportunities across the nation.  Our team at Collaborative Communications Group has worked in ways large and small, often convening afterschool leaders, educators, policymakers, researchers and others to ensure afterschool and summer learning programs are high-quality, accessible and affordable.”

NAA is the membership association for professionals who work with children and youth in diverse school and community-based settings to provide a wide variety of extended learning opportunities and care during out-of-school hours. Members include afterschool program directors, coordinators, sponsors, front-line staff, school leaders, principals, teachers, paraprofessionals, board of education members, nonprofit leaders, advocates, community leaders, policymakers, researchers and others. Dunham and the Collaborative team guide and develop the professional development provided at the annual NAA Convention.


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