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Advisory Councils candidates sought

Massachusetts Department of Education is seeking candidates to serve on the Board of Education Advisory Councils. These councils were established by the Education Reform Act of 1993 to advise the Commissioner and the Board on matters relevant to their areas of focus in the implementation of education reform in Massachusetts. Members of these councils serve without compensation. Each council meets 4 to 6 times per year at times and locations determined by its members. All appointments will be for a three-year term and regular attendance is required.

Applications are encouraged from educators, parents, students, business leaders, and other community members who have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to education reform, as well as interest, experience, and expertise in the subject matter of the particular advisory council, according to a memo from Commissioner of Education David P. Driscoll

After reviewing applications, Driscoll plans to make appointment recommendations to the board at the September 2006 meeting.

Interested parties should submit a letter of intent along with a resume no later than July 14, 2006. These may be sent either by mail to Dr. Lurline Muñoz-Bennett, Office for the Humanities, Massachusetts Department of Education, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148-5023, or by e-mail to advcos@doe.mass.edu. For more information, please contact Lurline Muñoz-Bennett directly at Lmunoz-bennett@doe.mass.edu or by telephone at 781-338-6285.

Listed below are those councils with membership vacancies. In cases where these vacancies call for specific representation, it is noted:

  • Adult & Community Learning Services: adult educators, business/union, and civic-minded representatives, particularly from central and western Massachusetts.
  • Arts Education: candidates may be from all areas and levels of arts education as well as parents, practicing artists, and representatives from community arts organizations, particularly from western and central Massachusetts.
  • Braille Literacy: educators, parents, students, and community representatives with expertise or developed interest in the teaching of the blind and visually impaired, particularly in the area of Braille literacy.
  • Community Service-Learning: Pre-K through grade 12 and higher education educators and administrators, curriculum directors, parents, students and community representatives with expertise or interest in community service-learning.
  • Educational Personnel: no membership vacancies this year.
  • Educational Technology: no membership vacancies this year.
  • English Language Learners/Bilingual Education: educators, parents, and community representatives with expertise in bilingual education.
  • Gifted and Talented Education: school administrators, representatives from higher education, and parents, teachers, and community members with expertise or developed interest in gifted education.
  • Global Education: teachers, parents, and community representatives with expertise or developed interest in global issues (e.g. economics, world cultures, and environmental science).
  • Interdisciplinary Health Education and Human Services: educators, health professionals, parents and community representatives who are knowledgeable about health education and human services in the public schools. We have a particular need for new members who are school nurses or physicians; school counselors, psychologists, or social workers; or professionals who work with youth in suicide prevention, substance use prevention, or youth programming.
  • Life Management Skills and Home Economics: representatives who are well informed and committed to the continuing development of students through Health/Family and Consumer sciences education; parents, students, school student support and guidance professionals; representatives of higher education programs that involve Health/Family and Consumer Sciences certification and licensure programming, and business/civic representatives in Health/Family and Consumer Sciences related career areas to assist in these programs in the public schools under Education Reform.
  • Mathematics and Science Education: mathematics and science educators, directors, or coordinators of Pre-K through grade 12 or higher education, as well as parent, community, or professional representatives with expertise and/or a developed interest in any of these disciplines.
  • Parent and Community Education and Involvement: Pre-K through grade 12 and higher education educators, community and business partners, parents, students, and others who have a demonstrated interest in and commitment to education reform, as well as interest and experience in parental and community involvement.
  • Racial Imbalance: parents of children in grades Pre-K through grade 12 from all regions across the state, educators, civic leaders, community group representatives, persons with knowledge and understanding of the Racial Imbalance Law, choice program directors, educators, school committee representatives.
  • Special Education: additional parent representation, a transition representative, and a person from the state juvenile and adult corrections agencies, with special consideration to candidates from central and western Massachusetts.
  • Technology/Engineering Education: technology/engineering education directors, coordinators, educators, or professionals, as well as parent and community representatives with expertise or a developed interest in this discipline. (Note: the focus of this council is on applied technologies such as engineering design, construction, and transportation, but not instructional technology as in computer applications.)

For more information about the Board of Education Advisory Councils, visit the DOE Web site at www.doe.mass.edu/boe/sac/.