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    School and District Accountability and Assistance Advisory Council

    The 15-member Advisory Council on School and District Accountability and Assistance (AAAC) advises the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on matters pertaining to the development and implementation of the Commonwealth's School and District Accountability and Assistance system. To accomplish that goal, the Council reviews and advises the Department and Board on their accountability, assistance, and intervention policies and practices. The Council also reviews and comments on all regulations relative to the accountability and assistance program areas prior to Board approval.

    The Board appoints members of the Advisory Council upon recommendation of the Commissioner. In accordance with state law, Council membership must consist of:

    • Six members selected from among three nominees offered by each of the following identified stakeholder groups:
      • Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents
      • Massachusetts Teachers Association or the American Federation of Teachers of Massachusetts
      • Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators Association (now Massachusetts School Administrators' Association)
      • Massachusetts Elementary Principals Association (now Massachusetts School Administrators' Association)
      • Massachusetts Association of School Committees
      • Massachusetts Charter Public School Association
    • One representative of business or industry with a demonstrated commitment to education
    • Eight at large members with demonstrated records of achievement or academic expertise in areas related to accountability and assistance

    The AAAC members reflect a broad range of experience and expertise and they have served the council well. Individuals who are interested in bringing similar insight and experience to this advisory group are encouraged to send a letter of interest and resume to Erica Gonzales, staff liaison to the AAAC, at erica.m.gonzales@mass.gov .

    Council Members

    NameTitleInstitutionMembership Type
    Mike BarthPrincipal of Curriculum, Instruction, & AssessmentThe Fowler School (Maynard Public Schools)At-large
    Samuel DePinaSecondary Superintendent of School Operations & SafetyBoston Public SchoolsMassachusetts School Administrators Association representative (secondary)
    Heidi Driscoll*Assistant Superintendent of SchoolsScituate Public SchoolsAt-large
    Sharita FaucheCo-DirectorCollaborative Parent Leadership Action Network (CPLAN)At-large
    Andre GreenSchool Committee MemberSomerville Public SchoolsMassachusetts Association of School Committees representative
    Barish IcinChief Executive OfficerPioneer Charter School of ScienceMassachusetts Charter Public School Association representative
    Ed LambertExecutive DirectorMassachusetts Business Alliance for EducationBusiness/industry representative
    Craig MartinExecutive DirectorBridge Boston Charter SchoolAt-large
    Tim Piwowar*Superintendent Billerica Public SchoolsMassachusetts Association of School Superintendents representative
    Jennifer RandallAssociate Professor of Research, Educational Measurement & Psychometrics; Associate Dean of Academic AffairsUniversity of Massachusetts AmherstAt-large
    Bertha-Elena RojasBoard of Directors, Chair of Advocacy CommitteeMultistate Association for Bilingual Education (MABE)At-large
    Ron SanbornPrincipalCharles Jaworek Elementary School (Marlborough Public Schools)Massachusetts School Administrators Association representative (elementary)
    Marc Smith Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment; EL DirectorMonomoy Regional School DistrictAt-large
    (vacant)Teachers union representative

    *Council Co-Chairperson

    DESE Staff Contact

    Erica Gonzales , Liaison to the Council

    Meeting Schedule

    DateTimeLocation
    October 20, 20219:30 AM – 11:00 AMRemote participation — Online
    January 12, 2022
    *Postponed. To be rescheduled at a later date.
    9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Remote participation — Online
    March 2, 20229:30 AM – 11:00 AMRemote participation — Online
    March 23, 2022
    *Postponed. To be rescheduled at a later date.
    9:30 AM – 11:00 AM Remote participation — Online
    April 8, 20222:00 PM – 3:00 PMRemote participation — Online
    June 1, 20229:30 AM – 11:00 AMRemote participation — Online

    Meeting Materials and Minutes

    Archived meeting materials and minutes will be made available upon request.

    Last Updated: June 10, 2022

     
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