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The Board of Education Advisory Councils

Digital Learning Advisory Council

The 2013 virtual schools legislation (Chapter 379 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Establishing Commonwealth Virtual Schools) created a Digital Learning Advisory Council to advise the Board and the Commissioner on:

  • The development of policies guiding virtual schools, supplemental online courses, education technology, and other matters related to virtual education.
  • The identification of best practices to encourage online education to complement classroom instruction in district schools.
  • The assessment of the appropriateness of the fee that the Department may retain for the administration of the virtual school program.
The council members are appointed by the Commissioner, on behalf of the Board. The law requires that the advisory council include one representative from the following organizations:
  • American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts (MFT)
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)
  • Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS)
  • Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC)
  • Virtual High School (VHS) Collaborative

The law specifies that four additional members with these qualifications will be appointed:

  • Massachusetts secondary schools administrator
  • Representative of non-profit organization that conducts research and training related to online education
  • Representative of institution of higher education that provides online education for K to 12
  • Parent of student(s) currently attending a virtual school in Massachusetts

Additional at-large members may be appointed by the Commissioner.

In accordance with the law:

  • The members serving on the council may be school committee members, school superintendents, professional educators, parents, students, or individuals with expertise in virtual education. A reasonable balance of members representing business, labor, civic, educational, parental, and professional groups is to be maintained. Members serving on the council are to represent a reasonable statewide geographic balance. The commissioner, with the approval of the board, shall appoint the chair of the council. The commissioner or a designee shall serve as the secretary to the council. The members will be appointed for a term of three years, and can serve up to two consecutive terms.

Annual Report

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2015-2016 Annual Report

FY2017-2018 Council Members

Name TitleInstitution
Amy A. GraciaTeacher of English and Special EducationGreater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School
Amy MichalowskiDeanThe Virtual High School
Annamaria SchrimpfDirector of Education TechnologyMinuteman Regional High School
Barbara TreacyAdjunct Lecturer and Digital Learning ConsultantHarvard University Graduate School of Education
Vacant (Invited)Massachusetts Association of School Committees (MASC)
Fred HaasTechnology Integration CoordinatorHopkinton High School
Justin ReichExecutive Director, MIT Teaching Systems LabMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Kevin BaumanSenior Director of Product ManagementPenn Foster
Kyle W. ShachmutProject Manager for Accessibility at HarvardXHarvard University
Michael HornAuthor of Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools and Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World LearnsWriter, speaker, and education consultant
Peter SanchioniSuperintendentNatick Public Schools / Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS)
Sam Catherine JohnstonResearch ScientistCenter for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Sarah KyriazisManager of Instructional Technology and Digital LearningWorcester Public Schools
Vacant (Invited)American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts (MFT)
Elizabeth TripathiEducation Policy SpecialistMassachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)
VacantParent of student(s) currently attending a virtual school in Massachusetts 


FY2017-2018 Meeting Schedule

DateTimeLocationMinutes
Friday, May 18, 2018 10:00 AM - Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 137A
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Friday, March 2, 2018 10:00 AM - Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 201
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Friday, December 15, 2017 10:00 AM - Noon Natick Public Schools (Details Forthcoming)
Natick, MA
 
Friday, September 15, 2017 10:00 AM - Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 201
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 


FY2016-2017 Meeting Schedule

DateTimeLocationMinutes
Friday, May 19, 2017 10:00 AM - Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 122
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Friday, March 24, 2017 10:00 AM - Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 122
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Thursday, March 9, 2017 10:00 AM – Noon Subcommittee on Guidance for Educators around Digital Literacy
Assabet Valley Collaborative
28 Lord Road, Marlborough, MA 01752
 
Friday, January 20, 2017 10:00 AM - Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 122
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Subcommittee on Personalized Learning

Cary Memorial Library
1874 Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02420
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Friday, November 4, 2016 10:00 AM - Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 301
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Friday, October 14, 2016 10:00 AM - Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Rooms 137A, B, C
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 508
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Department Liaisons

Kenneth Klau
Director of the Office of Digital Learning
781-338-3505

email odl@doe.mass.edu



Last Updated: August 1, 2017
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