Statewide Parent Advisory Council

The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) created the Title I Statewide Parent Advisory Council (SPAC) in 1990. The purpose of this council is to share ideas with the Division of Federal Programs about involving Title I parents to increase student achievement. SPAC parents advise PDE on many aspects of parent involvement – from working with children at home to developing partnerships among parents, teachers, administrators and community leaders to create effective and engaging parent involvement programs.


  • To distribute information and share ideas that will increase parent participation in Title I programs
  • To identify successful parent involvement programs that can become models for schools with limited parent involvement
  • To give parents the skills and knowledge to become advocates for Title I children

SPAC accomplishes these goals through three major activities:

  • An annual Title I parent training conference
  • A statewide parent resource center
  • Visits to Title I schools that request assistance in increasing parent involvement

The Title I State Parent Advisory Council is funded with Title I State Administration Funds by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Division of Federal Programs through a contract with the Midwestern Intermediate Unit.

Resources for schools and family members.

SPAC Team: First row left to right: Maria Seary, Bonita Allen, Sandy Rosario, Veronica Shaffer, Norma Hull, Anne Clark; Second row left to right: Esther Shank, Lisa Kennedy, Pamela Little-Poole, Paul Jones, Erin Derr, Karen Addison-Williams

SPAC Member of the Month
Sheila Armstrong

Sheila Armstrong recently joined SPAC as a representative of Philadelphia. She is a single mother of two boys. “I’m excited about the future because as SPAC members we are focused on empowering parents in the state to become education leaders and advocates in their children’s school.” Read More

PAC Types and Purposes
Creating a PAC (draft annotated agenda)
Title I PAC (presentation slides)

Pennsylvania Department of Education's Division of Federal Programs

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