Citizen Advisory Committee Liaisons

 2018-2020 Term – Applications Open Until May 23

FCCPTA appoints PTA members to represent students and families on a number of citizen advisory boards. Liaisons are non-voting members of the FCCPTA Executive Board.

*Denotes School Board advisory committee         +Denotes Fairfax County advisory committee


Position Committee Purpose

Advanced Academic Programs Advisory Committee (AAPAC) *


Reviews the local plan for the education of gifted students, including revisions, and determine the extent to which the plan for the previous year was implemented.

2017-18 Committee Charge: The FCPS Young Scholars model is one FCPS strategy within the Access to Rigor driver of the Closing the Achievement Gap Framework. The Young Scholars Model is comprise of four interdependent components – Committed Professionals, Find/Identify, Nurture/Guide/Support, and Essential Elements. AAPAC will study and review best practices for ensuring equitable access to advanced opportunities in order to make recommendations for strengthening the impact of the K-12 Young Scholars model.

Monthly meetings are held from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

Advisory Committee for Students with Disabilities (ACSD) *


2017-18 Committee Charge: Examine how students with disabilities are making progress in the general education curriculum (IDEA, 2004). Explore “progress” as supported by, at a minimum, student growth progression, cohort progression, national data and parental goals.

Examine current FCPS staffing practices and facility adequacy and/or limitations to evaluate efficacy in delivering services at the building level while meeting the needs of a diverse population of students with disabilities in grades PK-12 with current composition of FCPS facilities.

Monthly meetings are held in the evening; times vary.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Advisory Committee*


Provides recommendations to the school board on current job needs and the relevancy of career and technical education programs offered and to assist in the development, implementation, and evaluation of the local plan and application.

2017-18 Committee Charge: Increase the CTE Advisory Committee’s understanding of the implementation of CTE curriculum with emphasis at the local school level through visits to the schools and engagement with teachers and students. Develop a clear understanding of employment needs and opportunities for partnerships leading toward greater utilization of public private partnerships to support CTE programs and teacher professional development.

Monthly meetings are held from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Community Action Advisory Board (CAAB)+


Advises the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on the needs, concerns and aspirations of low-income persons; and recommends policies that promote meaningful change; Mandated by Federal law, the board provides oversight for state and federal Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) funds. The grants, along with matching funds from Fairfax County, are used to support community-based initiatives identified through the county’s Consolidated Community Funding Pool competitive grant process; The Fairfax County CAAB is composed of 30 seats; 10 appointed by the Board of Supervisors, 10 selected by low-income residents of the county, and 10 represent business, civic and community organizations with an interest in serving individuals and families living in poverty; Provide a report to Executive Board and General Membership.

Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council+

The Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council is a component of the USA Freedom Corps established after the September 11th attacks.  The Council’s goal is to make Fairfax County safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to emergency situations by promoting federal and state volunteer initiatives, enhance services, facilitate the exchange of information and training, support partnerships. and enhance community pride.  The Citizen Corps includes the County’s Neighborhood Watch, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), the Fire Corps, and affiliate organizations.

Fairfax County Trauma Informed Community Network+

The Trauma-Informed Community Network (TICN) is a multi-disciplinary, multi-agency effort to implement and support Trauma Informed Care initiatives across the Human Services System. It is an initiative of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax.

Goals Include:

  • Create a mechanism for collaboration, and the sharing of information and resources
  • Tell the story of Trauma Informed efforts across our community, increasing awareness and identifying areas that the group can collectively build upon

Meetings are held Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.

Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee (FLECAC)*


Advises the K-12 health and physical education and FLE curriculum coordinator on Program of Studies development and implementation. The role of the committee is to provide advice and recommendations to the curriculum coordinator as goals, objectives, media, and special instructional materials are developed.

Monthly meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m.

Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC) *




Advocates for minority student achievement by identifying, reviewing, and assessing issues affecting minority student academic achievement within the policies, curriculum, practices, and procedures of FCPS. The committee’s responsibilities also include: making appropriate recommendations to the School Board; reviewing strategies and proposing solutions for closing the achievement gap; evaluating progress towards goals set by the School Board for closing the achievement gap; and ensuring outreach to parents and guardians about resources available through FCPS.2017-18 Committee Charge: 1)Continue to examine and provide both “direction and means to eliminate [any] disparities” (in keeping with “One Fairfax”) concerning FCPS policies and practices and their impact on minority student achievement. 2)Develop a prototype for an updated MSAOC Parent Advocacy Handbook/Toolkit, focused on Fairfax County’s increasingly diverse population, to help parents better understand and navigate the Fairfax County Public Schools on behalf of their children. Develop of strategy on how best to distribute the handbook/toolkit to parents and staff.

Monthly meetings are held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

School Health Advisory Committee (SHAC)*


Assist with the development of health policy in the school division and the evaluation of the status of school health, health education, the school environment, and health services.

2017-18 Committee Charge: monitoring the implementation of reporting metrics for its health and wellness policy and regulation, and with seeking to strengthen the policy and regulation. Meetings are held monthly from 7-9 p.m.

Successful Youth and Child Policy Team (SCYPT)*+

First convened in May 2013, the Successful Children and Youth Policy Team (SCYPT) is comprised of leaders from multiple sectors within Fairfax County. The team’s role is to set community-wide goals and priorities for public policy as it relates to children, youth and families. According to the team’s charter, “in order to become confident individuals, effective contributors, successful learners and responsible citizens, all of Fairfax County’s children need to be safe, nurtured, healthy, achieving, active, included, respected and responsible. This can only be realized if the county, schools, community and families pull together to plan and deliver top-quality services, which overcome traditional boundaries.”Membership on the team is divided equally among representatives from Fairfax County Government, FCPS and the community. Two members from both the Board of Supervisors and the School Board participate. Community members are identified to provide the perspective of various sectors impacting youth well-being, including health care, nonprofit, faith and philanthropy.