An Update on Two Important TESOL Initiatives: the New Strategic Plan and the Governance Structure Review

Greetings from the TESOL Board of Directors. At its October meeting, the Board of Directors spent considerable time discussing the results of the governance review, the recommended options and alternatives from the task force, as well as feedback received from members and leaders. Simultaneously, the board worked on developing a new 3-year strategic plan (2015-2017) for TESOL International Association. The timing of these two issues made for a very rich discussion around the kind of governance best suited to enable the association reach its goals, further its strategic direction, and effectively meet the needs of members and the field.

Because of the complexity of the work involved, additional time is needed to finalize the details on the draft strategic plan, as well as on the options for moving forward with reconfiguring the governance of the association. In both cases, there will again be opportunities for members and leaders to review each and submit their comments before the board makes its final decisions in March 2015. A more detailed timeline of next steps, including the time periods for feedback from members and leaders, will be disseminated in November. The Board is committed to making the whole process transparent. Stay tuned and thank you for your trust and support.

Warm regards,
Yilin

About Yilin Sun

Yilin Sun
Yilin Sun has served as president of TESOL International Association, as chair of the TESOL Affiliate Leadership Council, and president of Washington Association for the Education of Speakers of Other Languages (WAESOL). In 2011-2012, Dr. Sun was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan at the National Taiwan Normal University. Dr. Sun received her doctorate in applied linguistics/curriculum and instruction from the University of Toronto, Canada. She has more than 28 years of experience in the field of TESOL as a teacher educator, a researcher, a classroom teacher, and a program leader with various institutions of higher education in China, Canada, and the United States. She is the author and co-author of books, book chapters, and research papers in refereed professional journals. Her research interests include curriculum development, program assessment and evaluation, L2 reading, vocabulary learning, classroom-based action research, teacher education, adult education, teaching English to young learners, World Englishes, ESP and nonnative English speaking teachers (NNEST) in the ELT field.
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