Title I Parent Advisory Committee (2018-19)

Citizen Advisory Committee 2018-19

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School Board Liaison

Karen Keys-Gamarra, Member-at-Large

Staff Liaison 

Kathleen Walts, Executive Director, Office of Professional Learning and Family Engagement

Committee Purpose

The Elementary and Secondary Education act (ESEA) requires that a school district consult with teachers and parents as the district designs and implements its Compensatory Education Title I program.

2018-19 Committee Recommendation

This year’s recommendations represent a compilation of common themes that emerged over the course of the TPAC sessions. Each addresses a persistent need observed at the Title I schools and confirmed through our conversations with FCPS staff and centralized resources. The recommendations are focused on goals that will promote children’s educational attainment.

  • Recommendation 1: Increase leadership through continued professional development for parent liaisons, validating them as the key interface between parents and the school community. This will further enable them to better assist families in Title I schools.
  • Recommendation 2: Encourage principals and/or vice principals to attend at least one TPAC meeting each year and to incorporate the TPAC role into their interactions with staff and parents. This will encourage TPAC participation, strengthen the relationship with school administration, and bring more value to the parents in the school community.
  • Recommendation 3: Develop a “Grant-writing Guide”, including a compilation of potential grant sources, to increase capacity for PTAs to apply for and receive funding to enhance the programming at their respective schools.
  • Recommendation 4: Continue to expand the availability of FCPS resources and programs available at all Title I schools. Many resources are available at the parent resource center, but may not be accessible to working parents or those without transportation.
  • Recommendation 5: TPAC recommends the following charge for the 2018-2019 school year, “To increase the engagement of parents with their school communities, explore ways to maximize the impact of school-based family engagement teams through identification and propagation of best boundaries/programs, such as through culturally-relevant community resources.”


The role of committee members includes providing feedback, posing questions, and expressing ideas to advance partnerships and strengthen services within FCPS Title I school communities. Members collaborate to develop recommendations, which are incorporated into an annual committee report to the School Board. View committee members.

2018-2019 General Meetings

General meetings are held 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gatehouse Administrative Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042. Meetings take place in Room 2050/2051. When members are unable to attend in person, they are encouraged to access meeting content online. Recordings of the online sessions are available upon request. All meetings are open to the public.

Dates Minutes
Tuesday, October 23, 2018 October
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 December
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 January
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 March
Tuesday, April 9, 2019 April
Tuesday, May 14, 2019  

2018-2019 Executive Board Meetings

Executive Board meetings are held 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Gatehouse Administrative Center, 8115 Gatehouse Road, Falls Church, VA 22042. Meetings take place in Room 2050/2051. All meetings are open to the public.

Date and Times Minutes
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 August
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 September
Wednesday, November 13, 2018  
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 February
Wednesday, March 26, 2019  
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 April