White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellows and Faculty
Jan. 4, 2013
-- Director of The Virginia Partnership for Out-of-School Time (VPOST), Blaire Denson will have an opportunity to play a critical role in the development of state-level afterschool policy plans as a White-Riley-
Peterson Policy Fellow. Blaire is one of fifteen educational leaders across the nation to be selected as a White Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow. The fellowship is part of a partnership between The Riley Institute at Furman University and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Beginning in October, the fellows spent a week at Furman University to launch their fellowship. They will continue their policy work for 10 months studying afterschool and expanded learning policy and developing state-level policy plans in partnership with their Statewide Afterschool Networks and the national Afterschool Alliance.
The 2012-2013 White-Riley-
Peterson Policy Fellows hail from such diverse states as Alaska, Hawaii, Alabama, Virginia, Minnesota and Connecticut. The fellowship is named for William S. White, president and CEO of the Mott Foundation; Richard W. Riley, former South Carolina governor and U.S. Secretary of Education under President Clinton; and Dr. Terry Peterson, national board chair with the Afterschool Alliance and a senior fellow at the College of Charleston. The fellowship is made possible by a $200,000 grant awarded to the Riley Institute earlier this year by the Mott Foundation.
VPOST, is a statewide public-
private initiative dedicated to developing and expanding academic, social, emotional, and physical supports and services to school-age children and youth across the Commonwealth of Virginia during the out-of-school time hours – before-school, after-school, vacation periods, and summer. Quality afterschool programs are proven, cost-effective ways to contribute to college and career readiness as well as positively impact the academic, social, emotional, and physical development of Virginia’s children and youth. VPOST supports and promotes high quality school-based and school-linked afterschool programs that focus on improving outcomes for youth and families across the state.
The VPOST Leadership Council is excited for this fellowship opportunity that Blaire has embarked on, and feels that it will further their efforts to support the development and growth of statewide policies that will secure the resources that are needed to sustain new and existing afterschool programs in Virginia. Blaire is working to create a sustainable structure of statewide, regional, and local partnerships, particularly school-community partnerships, focused on supporting policy development at all levels. She serves the founding director of VPOST. Previously Blaire served as a consultant to the Virginia Department of Education, and was the director for a 21st Community Learning Center Program. She also serves on the 1st Congressional District Educational Advisory Council with Congressman Robert Wittman. .
The VPOST Leadership Council would like to congratulate Blaire on her selection as a White Riley Peterson Fellow. The Commonwealth of Virginia and all of the children and youth served in quality expanded learning programs will benefit from her efforts.