Episode 23: Terry Peterson of the Afterschool and Community Learning Network

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Many years ago when I was Director of Staff Development at LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program in Los Angeles, we were very excited to receive a visit from the office of the U.S. Secretary of Education. That visitor was to become known by many as the Godfather of Afterschool, Dr. Terry Peterson. Terry is currently the Director of the Afterschool and Community Learning Network, and the Chair of the Afterschool Alliance. I got to sit down and speak with Terry at this year’s Afterschool for All Challenge, where he talked to me about the role afterschool plays in the larger educational picture, and the importance of programs remaining well-resourced and vital.

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