For the Statewide Family Engagement Center grant awards, the U.S. Department of Education requires each grantee convene an “advisory committee” for its project, the membership of which includes: parents (who shall constitute a majority of members); education professionals with expertise in improving services for disadvantaged children; representatives of local elementary and secondary schools, including students; representatives of the business community; and representatives of the State Education Agency (SEA) and a Local Education Agency (LEA).
CFEC Advisory Board members will be tasked, from their unique perspectives, to ensure that resources and practices of CFEC address identified needs of the school communities served through the project, and to leverage the benefits these can offer, such as networks, resources, and champions for education and family engagement in schools.
The CFEC Advisory Board will be scheduled to meet at least twice in the first year of the grant (2018-19), and at least once in the four subsequent years of the grant.
CFEC Advisory Board Members
Dr. Lorilei Swanson (Oconee) - Upstate
Takesha Pollock (Fort Mill) - Upper Central
Sharon Wade (Orangeburg) - Midlands
Tim Meesseman (Aiken) - Central Savannah River Area
Dr. Zenobia Edwards (Florence) - Pee Dee/Coastal
Rosa Fulmore (Charleston) - Lowcountry
Becky Bean (Kershaw) - At-Large
Dr. Myriam Torres (Columbia) - At-Large
Elementary and Secondary Representatives
Tara Mack (St. Helena Elementary School, Beaufort) - Elementary
Robert Harris (Richland School District 1) - Secondary
Sasha Gray (Lower Richland High School) - Student
Cynthia Bennett (SC Chamber of Commerce)
Yolande Anderson (SC Department of Education)
Sandra Welch (Greenville)
Focus Area Representative
Michelle Bryan, Ph.D. (University of South Carolina College of Education) - Diversity and Inclusion