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Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

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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2018-2019 Annual Report

FY2019-2020 Council Members

NameTitleInstitutionTerm
Keith FordAssistant Principal, Needham High School (oversees online learning programs)Needham High School November 2019-2022 (1st)
Sarah HaavindSenior Research Project ManagerThe Concord ConsortiumNovember 2019-2022 (1st)
Patrick LarkinAssistant SuperintendentBurlington Public Schools (MASS)November 2019-2022 (1st)
Daniel MurphyDirector of Education Policy and ProgramsAFT Massachusetts November 2019-2022 (1st)
David O'ConnorExecutive Director The MAPLE Consortium (Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech)November 2019-2022 (1st)
Jared PerrineDirector of Innovation, Technology, and Digital LearningBenjamin Banneker Charter SchoolNovember 2019-2022 (1st)
Bill SilverDirector of Information Communication and Technology ServicesChelmsford Public Schools November 2019-2022 (1st)
Andrea WadsworthAssistant Superintendent of Business and FinanceMt. Greylock Regional School DistrictNovember 2019-2022 (1st)
Amy MichalowskiDean VHS LearningJanuary 2019-2022 (2nd)
Angela T. BurkeDirector of Professional Services/CTOCollaborative for Educational ServicesSeptember 2017-2020 (1st)
Elizabeth Tripathi Education Policy Specialist Massachusetts Teachers AssociationJanuary 2019-2022 (2nd)
Lynn McCormackSoftware EngineerCenter for Applied Special Technology (CAST)January 2019-2022 (1st)
Robert ReillySchool Committee Member Northern Berkshire Regional Vocational TechnicalDecember 2017-2020 (1st)
Sarah KyriazisManager of Instructional Technology and Digital Learning Worcester Public SchoolsJanuary 2019-2022 (2nd)

FY2019-2020 Meeting Schedule

DateTimeLocationMinutes
Friday, May 22, 2020 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Remote Participation — Online  
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Remote Participation — Online Download Word Document
Thursday, April 9, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Remote Participation — Online Download Word Document
Thursday, April 2, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Remote Participation — Online Download Word Document
Thursday, March 26, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Remote Participation — Online Download Word Document
Thursday, March 19, 2020 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Remote Participation — Online Download Word Document
Friday, January 24, 2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 301
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Monday, November 4, 2019 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 301
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Monday, September 30, 2019 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 401
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 401
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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FY2018-2019 Meeting Schedule

DateTimeLocationMinutes
Thursday, May 2, 2019 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Massachusetts Teachers Association
48 Sword Street, Auburn, MA 01501
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 10:00 AM – Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 302
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Friday, January 18, 2019 10:00 AM – Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 509
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Thursday, December 6, 2018 10:00 AM – Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 116
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Department Liaisons

Alison Bagg
Director of Charter Schools and School Redesign
781-338-3218

Anne DeMallie
Digital Literacy and Computer Science Content Support Lead
781-338-3527


* In January of 2020, the Virtual High School has changed its name to VHS Learning.

 
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