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 council shall consist of 15 members. The law specifies 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*

As well as the following representatives:

  • Massachusetts secondary school 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

The current DLAC includes a broad range of experts who meet these criteria.

Updated DLAC Membership
Amanda Huggon-MaurettiParent RepresentativeTEC Connections AcademyFebruary 2021-2024 (1st) Parent of a student who attends a CMVS
Dr. Daniel DownsAdjunct Professor Bunker Hill Community College and Northern Essex Community College March 2022-March 2025 (1st)Institution of higher education that provides online for students in any grades from K–12
Sarah HaavindSenior Research Project ManagerThe Concord ConsortiumNovember 2019-2022 (1st)At-Large
Patrick LarkinAssistant SuperintendentBurlington Public Schools (MASS)November 2019-2022 (1st)MASS
Cindy YetmanVice President American Federation of Teachers – Massachusetts March 2022-March 2025 (1st)AFT
David O'ConnorFounding Executive DirectorThe MAPLE Consortium (Massachusetts Personalized Learning Edtech)November 2019-2022 (1st)At-Large
Jared PerrineDirector of TechnologyNarragansett Regional School DistrictNovember 2019-2022 (1st)At-Large
Bill SilverDirector of Information Communication and Technology ServicesChelmsford Public SchoolsNovember 2019-2022 (1st)At-Large
Andrea WadsworthAssistant Superintendent of Business and FinanceMt. Greylock Regional School DistrictNovember 2019-2022 (1st)At-Large
Stacy YoungAssociate Dean of InstructionVHS Learning March 2022-March 2025 (1st) VHS
Angela T. BurkeDirector of Professional Services/CTOCollaborative for Educational ServicesSeptember 2020-2023 (2nd)At-Large
Dr. Ricardo RosaDirector, Center for Education and PracticeMassachusetts Teachers Association March 2022-March 2025 (1st) MTA
Lynn McCormackSoftware EngineerCenter for Applied Special Technology (CAST)January 2022-January 2025 (2nd)Non-Profit organization that conducts research and training
Dr. Robert ReillySchool Committee MemberNorthern Berkshire Regional Vocational TechnicalDecember 2020-2023 (2nd)MASC
Dr. Anna Nolin Superintendent of SchoolsNatick Public SchoolsMarch 2022-March 2025 (1st) At-Large

FY2021-2022 Meeting Schedule

Tuesday, June 28, 2022 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Remote Participation — Online
Tuesday, March 29, 2022 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Remote Participation — Online Minutes
Thursday, December 16, 2021 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Remote Participation — Online Minutes
Wednesday, October 6, 2021 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Remote Participation — Online Minutes

Department Liaisons

Alison Bagg
Director of Charter Schools and School Redesign

Ruth Hersh
Manager of Education Collaboratives and Virtual Schools

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

Last Updated: July 27, 2022

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Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
75 Pleasant Street, Malden, MA 02148-4906

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