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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.

FY2015-2016 Council Members

Name TitleInstitution
Amy A. Gracia Teacher 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
Evelyn S. ThorenVice-ChairChelmsford School Committee
Fred HaasTechnology Integration CoordinatorHopkinton High School
Gina E. FlanaganPrincipalEast Longmeadow High School
Julia Freeland FisherDirector, EducationClayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation
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 Horn Author 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 KyriazisTechnology Integration CoordinatorMassachusetts Organization for Educational Collaboratives (MOEC), Assabet Valley Collaborative
Vacant (Invited)-American Federation of Teachers Massachusetts (MFT)
Elizabeth TripathiEducation Policy SpecialistMassachusetts Teachers Association (MTA)
Vacant (Invited)-Parent of student(s) currently attending a virtual school in Massachusetts


FY2015-2016 Meeting Schedule

DateTimeLocationMinutes
Friday, May 27, 2016 10:00 AM – 12 Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 137A
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 10:00 AM – 12 Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 301
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Thursday, April 28, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Subcommittee on UDL/Accessibility

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 301
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Thursday, April 14, 2016 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Subcommittee on District Technology Budgets

Natick Town Hall
13 Central Street, 3rd Floor
Natick, MA 01760
 
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM Subcommittee on UDL/Accessibility

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 304
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Thursday, February 25, 2016 10:00 AM – 12 Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Rooms 137A and 137B
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Thursday, February 25, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Subcommittee on UDL/Accessibility

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Rooms 137A, 137B
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Friday, February 5, 2016
Rescheduled due to snow
10:00 AM – 12 Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Rooms 202-203
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Friday, February 5, 2016
Rescheduled due to snow
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Subcommittee on District Technology Budgets

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Rooms 202-203
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Friday, February 5, 2016
Rescheduled due to snow
9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Subcommittee on UDL/Accessibility

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 303
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Subcommittee on UDL/Accessibility

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 303
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 10:00 AM – 12 Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 137A
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Wednesday, January 6, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Subcommittee on Digital/Blended Learning

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 508
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Subcommittee on District Technology Budgets

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 137A
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Subcommittee on UDL/Accessibility

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 137A
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 10:00 AM – 12 Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 137A
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Subcommittee on District Technolgy Budgets

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 208
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Monday, November 16, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Subcommittee on Digital/Blended Learning

MIT, Building E25 - room 202
45 Carleton Street, Cambridge, MA
 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 10:00 AM – 12 Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 137A
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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FY2014-2015 Meeting Schedule

DateTimeLocationMinutes
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 10:00 AM – 12 Noon Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Room 137A
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Monday, May 18, 2015 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Subcommittee on Virtual Learning

VHS Office
4 Clock Tower Place, Suite 510, Maynard, MA
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 12:00 Noon – 2:00 PM Subcommittee on Guidelines for Blended Learning
Room 301
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Room 137A
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant St, Malden, MA 02148
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon Subcommittee on Virtual Learning

VHS Office
4 Clock Tower Place, Suite 510, Maynard, MA
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Department Liaisons

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

Jennifer Gwatkin
Virtual School Program Specialist

email odl@doe.mass.edu



Last Updated: May 24, 2016
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