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Robert S. Peterkin

Professor of Practice, Emeritus

Robert S. Peterkin

Degree:  Ed.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst, (1981)
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Faculty Assistant:  Ela Sikorska


Prior to HGSE, Robert Peterkin held school superintendencies in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and enjoyed a long career in educational leadership, from special education teacher to deputy superintendent, mainly with the Boston Public Schools. Current work focuses on the restructuring of urban public schools for educational equity and higher student achievement, most recently as a court-appointed monitor in a federal case settlement agreement involving an urban school district and plaintiffs of color. Additional foci include expansion of school leadership to include women and people of color, and coaching school leaders with a focus on teaching and learning. Peterkin has written and lectured on equitable school choice, school governance, school desegregation, women and people of color in leadership, the achievement gap, and the impact of school reform on the achievement of African-American children.


Areas of Expertise

Chancellor's Medal, University of Massachusetts Amherst,(2002)


Public School Choice: Implications for African-American Students

Opening Doors and Closing Exits: An Examination of Leadership and the School Superintendency


Board Member, B.E.L.L. Foundation

Board Member, Editorial Projects in Education (Education Week; Teacher Magazine)

Chair, National Urban Alliance for Effective Education

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