Peter Alter

Peter Alter, Associate Professor of Special Education


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Peter Alter is an Associate Professor of Special Education and the Chair of the Teacher Education Department (2017-2020). He has been at Saint Mary’s College of California since 2011. Peter originally received his doctorate from the University of Florida and his key areas of interest are effective instruction for diverse learners, classroom and behavior management, positive behavior interventions and supports, and effective teacher preparation. Peter was a three-time nominee as a Faculty Favorite (2008-2010) at the University of Louisville. He was the co-editor of Beyond Behavior, the practitioner journal of the Council for Children with Behavior Disorders from 2010-2013.  He has 24 publications including a co-authored textbook Managing Classroom Behavior Using Positive Behavior Supports. In addition, Peter has made over 35 research presentations at state and national conferences and he has conducted over 75 teacher-training workshops nationally and internationally. 

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Filippi Academic Hall - FAH 277

Phone: 925-631-4850
Fax: 925-376-8379
Mail: P.O. Box 4350

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