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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

DLAC Membership

As of January 2023

NameTitleInstitutionTermRepresentative
Dr. Kate DeMelloParent RepresentativeTEC Connections AcademyJanuary 2023–January 2026 (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
Ms. Sarah HaavindSenior Research Project ManagerThe Concord ConsortiumDecember 2022–December 2025 (2nd)At-Large
Ms. Cindy YetmanVice President American Federation of Teachers — Massachusetts March 2022–March 2025 (1st)AFT
Mr. Jared PerrineDirector of TechnologyNarragansett Regional School DistrictDecember 2022–December 2025 (2nd)At-Large
Mr. Bill SilverDirector of Information Communication and Technology ServicesChelmsford Public SchoolsDecember 2022–December 2025 (2nd)At-Large
Ms. Andrea WadsworthAssistant Superintendent of Business and FinanceMt. Greylock Regional School DistrictDecember 2022–December 2025 (2nd)At-Large
Ms. Stacy YoungAssociate Dean of InstructionVHS Learning March 2022–March 2025 (1st) VHS
Ms. Angela T. BurkeDirector of Professional Services/CTOCollaborative for Educational ServicesSeptember 2020–September 2023 (2nd)At-Large
Ms. Elizabeth TripathiEducation Policy Specialist Massachusetts Teachers Association January 2023–January 2026 (1st) MTA
Ms. Allison B. PoseySenior Editor and Content ProducerCenter for Applied Special Technology (CAST)January 2023–January 2026 (1st)Non-Profit organization that conducts research and training
Dr. Robert ReillySchool Committee MemberNorthern Berkshire Regional Vocational TechnicalDecember 2020–December 2023 (2nd)MASC
Dr. Anna NolinSuperintendent of SchoolsNatick Public Schools March 2022–March 2025 (1st) MASS

2022-2023 Meeting Schedule

DateTimeLocationAgenda/Minutes
Wednesday, October 12, 2022 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Remote Participation — Online Minutes
Wednesday, January 4, 2023 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Remote Participation — Online
Wednesday, March 22, 2023 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Remote Participation — Online
Wednesday, June 7, 2023 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Remote Participation — Online

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

Last Updated: January 5, 2023

 
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