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The Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council (PCEIAC)

This council advises the Commissioner and Board of Education on matters pertaining to the development of parent and community engagement in education. Its function is to be proactive and innovative on policy issues that relate to the enhancement of the educational achievement of Massachusetts students. Specifically, the Council will: assess statewide trends and needs; seek public and professional input; analyze information regarding parent and community education and engagement; advise and make recommendations regarding legislation, regulations, and program guidelines; and provide other programmatic recommendations as it deems necessary to fulfill the goals for parent and community engagement established by the Board of Education.


The Department is recruiting candidates for the PCEIAC to advise the Board and Department on specific topics related to family engagement including but not limited to:

  • The development of information for families (e.g., revisions to the school report card and information about school options)
  • The "collaboration with families" section of the Behavioral Health and Public Schools Framework
  • Family engagement measures that are part of an emerging conditions for learning metric
  • A revised family engagement framework for K-12


The Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993 established the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education's Advisory Councils to advise the Board and the Commissioner on matters related to their specific areas of focus for the purpose of enhancing efforts to improve public education and advance student achievement. The councils are generally charged with one or more policy matters or tasks each year, and submit a report to the Board at the end of the school year. The councils are typically comprised of a wide range of diverse constituents including educators, parents, representatives of business and labor, and other community members with content experience and expertise specific to the interest of the advisory council.

  • Up to 20 PCEIAC members will be appointed by the Commissioner for terms of three years.
  • The Department aims to have the council's membership include a diverse group of individuals reflecting the diversity of students in Massachusetts and representing geographic areas across the state.
  • The PCEIAC will meet approximately three to four times a year at locations and times determined by the members, and then announced on the PCEIAC page of the Department's Advisory Council's website.
  • Meetings will be on dedicated topics facilitated by a content expert. Pre-work may be required for all or some meetings.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Kathy Rodriguez or the Office of Adult and Community Learning Services, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148. We particularly encourage individuals representing diverse communities and students who have been historically underserved by the educational system to apply.

The new deadline for applications is December 1, 2017.

Last Updated: October 13, 2017
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