District-Wide Parent/Family Advisory Committees

  • Special Education Advisory Council (SPEAC)
    Contact: Noelle Sisk 
    Phone: 503-916-3723
    E-mail: nsisk@pps.net


    SPEAC is a council for parents of special education students. Its function is to review current issues and events in the SPED community, discuss and come up with an action plan before conferring with the Director of Special Education regarding policies, procedures and practices. The Council also organizes issues of priority to advise the School Board. Collaborating to promote the understanding, respect, support and inclusion of children receiving special education services in the Portland Public School District.

    SPEAC membership represents the broad array of families and disabilities in special education. The majority of Council members are family members of special education students. Council members are appointed by the Special Education Director. 

    For more information on meetings, events and advocacy support please contact the Special Education Family and Community Coordinator, Noelle Sisk at nsisk@pps.net or call 503-916-3723.

    Parent Educator Connections is an additional group and has meetings throughout the school year. Please join us for informational evenings provided to support parents in having positive engagement with their school! 

    The English Language Learner Advisory Council

    Contact: Francisco Garcia
    Phone: 503-916-3097
    E-mail: fgarcia@pps.net


    The ELL Advisory Council is a team of parents and community stakeholders who meet quarterly to evaluate the services in place for Emergent Bilingual students (EBs) at Portland Public Schools. The Council works directly with ESL Department administrators and teachers to examine District policies and procedures, develop and sustain communication channels, and make recommendations on how to best help EBs and their families engage with the school system.

    ELL Advisory Council Meeting dates:


    Meetings are open to all EB parents and to the public. A light meal and childcare are provided. To RSVP or for more information, please contact: Francisco Garcia, 503-916-3097


    TAG Advisory Council

    Ms. Scholle McFarland
    Phone: 503-916-3358
    E-mail: scholle.tagac@gmail.com


    TAG Advisory Council reviews aspects of PPS Talented & Gifted services. The council makes recommendations with respect to services for talented and gifted children. Parents try to attend from each cluster and building-type (K-8, middle- and high school) meets 5 times per year on Tuesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Mazama Conference Room- L2.


    Migrant Parent Advisory Council (MPAC) – Title I-C

    Elena Collazo Santiago
    Phone: 971-347-5923
    E-mail: collazosantiag@pps.net


    Migrant eligible parents from throughout Portland Public Schools are represented on the Migrant Parent Advisory Council (MPAC).  The council reviews and evaluates the Migrant Education regular, pre-school and summer grant applications, participates in trainings to become effective leaders in our schools, host presentations that meet the needs of the community, provide student workshops, identifies specific social and health needs to eligible families that the project addresses and nominates a representative to the state of Oregon MPAC. 

    Monthly morning and afternoon meetings during each school year. For more details, please email Elena Collazo Santiago, ecollazosantiag@pps.net