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    Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council

    The Parent and Community Education and Involvement Advisory Council (PCEIAC) advises the Commissioner, Department (DESE), and Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (Board) on matters pertaining to the development of parent and community engagement in education. Its function is to help inform and advise the Department 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.

    School Year 2021-2022 Meeting Schedule

    Thursday, October 28, 2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM virtual/online meeting
    Thursday, January 27, 2022 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM virtual/online meeting
    Thursday, March 24, 2022 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM virtual/online meeting
    Thursday, May 26, 2022 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM To be determined

    Contact Olga Lopez for agendas and login information if interested in attending a meeting.

    2022 Council Members

    Name (Last, First)TitleOrganization (if any)
    Tangishaka, Christine V. [Co-Chair]Parent Member
    Udea, Adanma K. [Co-Chair] Regional DirectorNew England-Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
    Alvarado, Lissette Parent
    Alves-Hunter, Terry Multicultural Outreach Coordinator Parent, Professional Advocacy League
    Brady, KathleenParent
    Carballo, IvelisseExecutive Director CPLAN Brockton
    Corwin, Jessica School Committee Member Sunderland
    Cureton, Kathresha Vice President of LeadershipMassachusetts Parent-Teacher Association
    Falk, Audrey Chair, Department of Applied Human Development and Community Studies, Merrimack College
    Fauche, SharitaSubstance Abuse Coordinator Department of Children and FamiliesC-PLAN Member
    Fernandez, LuisaDistrict Parent CoordinatorFitchburg
    Figueroa, Sandra Parent LiaisonRevere High School
    Johnston, KatManager of Professional Learning The Teacher Collaborative
    Marte, JoselynHiSET AdvisorLawrence Adult Learning Center
    McWilliams, Lorette ProfessorSchool Counseling Department, Assumption University
    Mendes-Sheldon, Adriana Family and Community Engagement LiaisonWoburn Public Schools
    Mittal, KellyParent Member myKidzDay, LLC
    Rodriguez, Magda L. Director Families First Parenting Program
    Silva, Donalda Family and Community Resource Center CoordinatorAtlantis Charter School
    Singh, Shivpreet Parent Member

    Contact Information

    Olga Lopez, Liaison
    Phone: 781-338-6315
    Email: Olga.M.Lopez@mass.gov

    Last Updated: March 1, 2022

    Contact Us

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

    Voice: (781) 338-3000
    TTY: (800) 439-2370


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