Parent & Community Advisory Council

Who We Are

The Parent and Community Advisory Council of the Board of Education is a group of individuals composed of parents/caregivers, community stakeholders, faith-based leaders, former educators and staff members who are dedicated to the children and youth of the School District of Philadelphia.

Members of the Parent and Community Advisory Council provide the Board of Education with input and guidance on the interest and concerns of Philadelphia public school parents/caregivers and community members.

Advisory Council members serve as a link between school communities and the Board promoting city-wide engagement with the Board of Education and the School District of Philadelphia.

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Current Members of the Advisory Council

Catherine Blunt

Section of the City:  I live in West Philadelphia but was born and raised in North Philadelphia

Interest: “I believe my experiences in education, my contacts with schools and my community engagement can serve to encourage parents and communities to participate in their schools and with each other.”

Dr. Chandra I. Williams

Neighborhood: Brewerytown

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

Ty-Jamar Ryan 

Section of the City: North Philadelphia

Interest: “I chose to be a part of the PCAC because it is a great opportunity to give back to the parents, students, community and board and to find positive solutions to always benefit the students.  Being on the PCA is rewarding because I get to bridge gaps through communication and problem solving.”


Christiana A. Uy

Neighborhood: South Philadelphia

Interest: “I chose to join the Parent & Community Advisory Council this year as a means to merge my desire to give back to the city and my passion for children’s education. Serving on the Council would provide me with that opportunity. I firmly believe that equity is needed to ensure every child has the same opportunities to be successful, safe and happy. Everyone needs a voice, and I look forward to being that voice for my family, friends and neighbors in south Philadelphia.”

Bishop Ethan Thornton

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.”

Ginny McGill 

Section of the City: West Philadelphia

Interest: Community is very important to me and always has been. The community I grew up in (Wynnefield/Overbrook) is the very same community I live in as an adult along with my husband and children.  I believe in investing in and giving back to what and/or who has poured in to you and that is what I seek to do in this role.  I’ve been blessed with an amazing village and I truly believe the adage, “it takes a village to raise a child”.  In this position, I look forward to being apart of these villages that are raising these children as well as supporting parents as they navigate some of the challenges of living in the inner city with a large school district.  Parents of children with special needs is a particular “village” of interest to me because I have a child with Autism.  I look forward to serving you all as a representative of West Philadelphia.

Tony Rocco

Section of the City: Represents Kensington and North Phila, lives in Northern Liberties

Interest: I want to make sure the community where I have taught for over 20 years is represented and that their needs are considered when the Board of Ed makes policy.

Amina Malik

Section of the City: Northeast Philadelphia

Joelleen Sicinski

Section of the City:  Northeast

Interest: “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 provide access to quality education and the resources they need for a successful future. The success of our city starts with the educations of all our children”

Elyse Castillo

Neighborhood: Northwest Philadelphia

“The reason that I chose to be a part of the Parent and Community Advisory Council was because I enjoy connecting with families within the district and finding ways to enhance the school culture.”

Qualifications to Serve

  1. Resident of Philadelphia
  2. At least eighteen (18) years of age
  3. Affiliated with a Philadelphia District or charter school (current parent/caregiver or a community member with a demonstrated commitment to supporting public schools)

Next Application Release: 2022

Our Role

  • Connect with diverse stakeholders to obtain feedback on issues critical to the Board of Education;
  • Provide feedback by serving as a link between school communities and the Board;
  • Act as champions for public education by building relationships, sharing positive news, and acting in the best interest of District and charter schools;
  • Promote city-wide engagement with the Board of Education and the School District of Education specific to the Board’s goals and guardrails; and
  • Host and facilitate community conversation sessions to engage in two-way communication with community members on Board work.

Conversation Sessions

In addition to meeting with the Board of Education, the Parent and Community Advisory Council will also begin to hold community conversation sessions beginning in 2021.

Community Conversation Sessions are designed to allow for members of our school communities (students, staff, parents/family members, and community stakeholders) and members of the Parent and Community Advisory Council to meet with Board Members to discuss important topics, issues, and give input into the work of the Board of Education.

These sessions are an opportunity for the Board to engage in two-way communication with community members on Board work.

Below is the calendar of community conversation sessions for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Upcoming Session: 

Fall 2021

Interested in Attending? 

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School Year 2020-21 Calendar of Meetings

February 18, 2021 @ 4 p.m.

Hosted by: Elyse Castillo & Catherine Blunt

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

April 8, 2021 @ 4 p.m.

Hosted by: Ginny McGill and Reverend Chandra Williams

Meeting Agenda

Meeting Notes

June 3, 2021 @ 4 p.m.

Hosted by: Amina Malik & Tony Rocco & Christiana Uy

Meeting Agenda