Terri Ferinde Dunham, Partner
Terri Ferinde Dunham is working to create a new learning system where schools and communities work together. She works with organizations focused on both in- and out-of-school learning to develop networks, strategize new initiatives and build capacity.
Ms. Dunham is the executive 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. Launch in March 2012, the project has nearly 1000 supporters including a consortium of funders.
For more than a decade, Ms. Dunham has managed the National Network of Statewide Afterschool Networks funded by the C.S. Mott Foundation with 41 statewide networks focused on policy and funding for high-quality afterschool programs across the country.
As a partner at Collaborative Communications Group, she has managed, facilitated and supported groups that expand learning opportunities and redefine professional development for clients including the Council of Chief State School Officers, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the New Day for Learning initiative of the C.S. Mott Foundation and the Alliance for Excellent Education.
Prior to her role at Collaborative, Ms. Dunham served for 10 years at the U.S. Department of Education where she produced a live, interactive television program featuring school and community leaders. For this work, she was recognized as a Fellow with the Council for Excellence in Government.
She holds a master's degree in public administration and a bachelor's degree in communications and government from the American University.
In her community, Ms. Dunham serves the school improvement committee for Campbell Elementary, an Expeditionary Learning School, and is incoming chair of the board of the Greenbrier Learning Center, an afterschool and summer learning program serving students in Arlington, VA.
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