Thank you to all those who took the time to review the report from the Governance Review Task Force, and share your feedback. As many of you observed, the review was a very thoughtful and deliberative process to analyze the governance system of the association and evaluate its effectiveness in meeting the needs of members and the field. Based on the data collected by the task force—data provided by many of you—the review provided strong indications that the governance system may no longer be as effective in serving members and the field as it was when it was originally developed several decades ago.
The challenge in moving forward is how best to respond to the results of the review. While the report provided a very comprehensive list of options and alternatives for consideration, it’s clear based on the feedback received by the board that:
- There have been many different reactions to the findings and recommended options and alternatives, ranging from positive to negative.
- There are equally as many different ideas among members and leaders as to the role and purpose of a professional association.
- Some have a pronounced lack of trust with the leadership of the association.
This last statement is especially troubling, because trust is one of the critical elements of the vision of effective governance developed as a part of this process, and is vital in moving forward. With that in mind, the board has decided more time is necessary to deliberate on these issues before deciding what steps will be taken. Discussions will continue through the next board meeting in October, after which additional information will be shared with leaders and members on how the process will unfold.
A revised timeline has been developed and is available on the Governance Review information page on the TESOL web site. The board is committed to moving deliberately on this important initiative, and making the whole process transparent and collaborative. As always, your feedback and comments are welcome and highly valued.