Apply now: California’s Parent Advisory Council

By California State PTA Family Engagement Commission

The California Department of Education is looking for parents and guardians of public-school students in Pre-K through 12th grade from a variety of communities throughout California, to serve on the new California Parent Advisory Council. Please share this opportunity with families, caregivers, and your extended school community so that the parent/guardian voice can be included in the conversation for equitable change in California education. (Applications are due by May 5, 2022.)

The Parent Advisory Council’s mission is to advise the State Superintendent of Public Instruction on issues of concern to families of public school students. Members are also expected to help organize and conduct community meetings, attend occasional meetings with the State Superintendent, and participate in parent outreach activities. This is a paid, two-year volunteer position.

The Parent Advisory Council works to: 

  • Actively conduct outreach to communicate with families across the state, to understand and represent parent perspectives about school programs, students’ services, and other policy issues
  • Present recommendations to California’s Superintendent of Public Instruction to support academics, social emotional learning, and family engagement among all public-school children.
  • Ensure that the Superintendent of Public Instruction’s policy decisions are informed by the voices of parents and guardians who reflect California’s student populations

Eligibility: To be eligible for the Parent Advisory Council, you must be the parent or guardian of a student enrolled in a California public school, including Early Education pre-kindergarten schools.

Membership Requirements: Members of the PAC are expected to attend quarterly Parent Advisory Council meetings.

More information can be found on the CDE website and on the Application form.