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Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)

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.

FY2020-FY2021 Meeting Schedule

10/28/201910:00 AM – 12:00 PMFuller Middle School
31 Flagg Drive
Framingham, MA
1/27/202010:00 AM – 12:00 PMDESE
75 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA
3/23/2020 — Cancelled10:00 AM – 12:00 PM 
5/13/202010:00 AM – 12:00 PMvirtual/online meeting
10/26/2020 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM virtual/online meeting
1/25/2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM virtual/online meeting
3/15/20201 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM virtual/online meeting
5/17/2021 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM virtual/online meeting

Contact Kathy Rodriguez for agendas and login information if interested in attending a meeting.

FY2020-FY2021 Council Members

Clayton ConnorFinance and Administration DirectorWestover Job Corps Center
Victoria Ekk, Ph.D.Director of Professional LearningMassachusetts Association of Teachers of Speakers of Other Languages (MATSOL)
Yvonne EndaraEnglish Language Education DirectorMalden Public Schools
Sharita FaucheSubstance Abuse CoordinatorDepartment of Children and Families, C-PLAN Member
Roberta E. HantganDirectorHantgan Associates
Kathleen JonesPresident & CEOTTT Mentor Program
Eva KellyDirector of Enrollment and Family EngagementFitchburg Public Schools
Garland KimmerDirector of International DevelopmentDouble E Company
Jessica LanderAuthor and Journalist, TeacherLowell High School
Jacqueline E. LipsonVice President, PreK-12 EducationWidmeyer Communications
Yahaira LopezFounderAutism Sprinter, Inc., C-PLAN Member
Joselyn MarteHiSET Advisor, Evening FacilitatorLawrence Adult Learning Center
Lorette McWilliamsProfessorSchool Counseling Department, Assumption University
Theresa A. Melito-Conners, Ph.D.Out-of-District Special Education CoordinatorMelrose Public Schools
Magda L. RodriguezDirector of ProgrammingFamilies First Parenting Programs
Teresa A. RodriguezDirector of Family RelationsWinsor School
Christine V. TangishakaParent Member 
Adanma K. UdeRegional DirectorNew England-Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship

Contact Information

Kathy Rodriguez
Phone: 781-338-3846

Last Updated: January 26, 2021

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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