State Advisory Council

About our Council

Our State Advisory Council is made up of a diverse group of representatives. This includes parents, grandparents, foster parents, adoptive parents, and other caregivers from urban, rural, and suburban areas. The council also includes middle and high school student delegates, school leaders, representatives of community organizations, and ambassadors from businesses and other community agencies. In total, there are approximately 60 members on the council.  

Council members…

  • Attend about 4 meetings per year (virtual or in Columbus, Ohio) to learn from others and share their experiences from their own communities and organizations.
  • Participate in Council discussions and activities, guiding and informing the work of the Center with their rich and diverse perspectives. Our council members, especially parents/caregivers, have consistently brought up mental health of students in Ohio as a priority, and as a result, we are working hard to develop more and better “family engagement in mental health” resources.
  • Create new resources for families and schools, like the Family to Family Videos series, which was the idea of one of our council members!
  • Engage with their community and are enthusiastic ambassadors for the Center.

“Your organization has had such an impact on me and I truly appreciate the opportunity to work with your teams and the council members. I walked away from every event with new knowledge and respect for our families and their impact on education, and your role as an advocate for strong relationships across the preK-20 education landscape.”

– Kelly McGrath, Former Council Member

I am becoming a better school parent because of this Family Engagement program.

– Former Council Member

If you are interested in becoming a member of our council, we recruit new members each year in the Fall. For more information, please contact