Parent & Community Advisory Council

The Advisory Council will provide input and guidance to the Board on advancing the Board’s priorities by communicating the thoughts and points of view of Philadelphia public school parents and community members.

Council members are expected to identify at least 5 meetings in their community to attend over the course of the school year. They will gather feedback from parents, caregivers and community members, specific to the Board’s Priorities and Action Items considered by the Board at monthly meetings.  This work may be modified or subject to change depending on health guidelines to protect against the Coronavirus.

The Advisory Council is made up of individuals that represent various stakeholders across Philadelphia and serve a two year term beginning with the following school year from when they are appointed.

Learn more about the current Advisory Council members here: 2019-2020 Advisory Council Fact Sheet

Catherine Blunt

Neighborhood: West Philly/Strawberry Mansion

Reverend Chandra Williams

Neighborhood: Brewerytown

“I firmly believe that a strong education accompanied by a strong village empowers a child to reach their greatest potential.”

Shereda Cromwell

Neighborhood: North Philly

“I look forward to serving on the Parent & Community Advisory Council. I will be an advocate for all children in Philadelphia. Mainly trying to be a voice for the voiceless. Children that come from low-income neighborhoods and children with special needs. Because I believe every child in Philadelphia should have access to high quality education.”

Cecelia Thompson

Neighborhood: West Philly

“This is an exciting opportunity because of the possibilities to help families by relaying concerns, providing information on the resources and activities available to families, and highlighting the great news of students and schools to the District and what families are doing to improve their school community. My quote for this year: “Our Children are ICONS Living”.”

Ty Jamar

Neighborhood: North Philly

“I am excited to be on the Council because I get to work with a dedicated Board that wants to IMPLEMENT change immediately. I am most interested in being able to utilize my educational administration and therapeutic backgrounds to see development and growth in the areas of community and parental engagement.”


Ginny McGill

Neighborhood: West Philly

“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!” -Helen Keller

“As a Parent & Community Advisory Council-member, I am looking forward to harnessing the power and interest of the community to influence decisions made for our children in the School District of Philadelphia. When one child succeeds, it is a win for ALL children! We are all in this together!”

Tony Rocco

Neighborhood: Kensington

“One of the biggest things I try to teach my students is that they have a powerful voice and that they need to use it to advocate for themselves and their community. I’m so proud to be able to lead by example and make sure the people in my community are a part of the conversation when it comes to educating all our children.”

Amina Malik

Neighborhood: Northeast

Joellene Sicinski

Neighborhood: Northeast

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the council and representing Northeast Philly. I am excited to help the city and school board work towards equity for all students to have access to quality education and the resource they need.”

Bishop Ethan Thorton

Neighborhood: South Philly

“The faith community is prepared and positioned throughout all our communities to be an integral partner with the Board of Education. Parental involvement, safe corridors, and afterschool enrichment are areas in which the faith community has contributed for years. We look forward to providing support by coordinating our resources for the benefit of our children’s needs.”