TESOL Board Seeks Member Feedback on Affiliates

Using feedback from the affiliate leaders and best evidence on successful professional affiliate relationships provided in the 2015 Governance Review Task Force report, the TESOL Board of Directors has proposed a vision of an affiliate program based on the following principles:

    • Helps support a mutually beneficial and collaborative relationship between TESOL International Association and its affiliates.
    • Helps advance TESOL International Association’s goals, strategic direction, and growth.
    • Assists TESOL International Association in cultivating knowledge and information about the field and the profession.
    • Provides for different forms and activities relevant to the needs of different groups (i.e. not a “one-size-fits-all” model).
    • Aligns with, and advances, the association’s strategic plan.

In May 2015, the Board struck an Affiliate Task Force charged with proposing options for models and structures that would achieve this vision. The AFT Final Report presents the ideas generated by the task force based on their research of other associations’ models as well as the views of members of TESOL International Association and its affiliates.

The Board now invites comments from the membership as a whole on these ideas as well as suggestions for the road ahead.
We are particularly interested in ideas that members would see as both feasible and enhancing their involvement with TESOL International Association. Comments should be posted by 10 June 2016.

With the input from the report and this general discussion, the Board will formulate a plan for achieving the vision outlined above. We will come back to our Affiliates and the TESOL membership at large for comment on this plan beginning in November before sharing our recommendation to Affiliate leaders for discussion at our March 2017 meeting in Seattle. We will also be hosting online discussions with Affiliate leaders prior to March.

Dudley Reynolds, President
On behalf of the TESOL Board of Directors

About Dudley Reynolds

Dudley Reynolds

Dudley Reynolds is the 2016-2017 president of TESOL International Association and a teaching professor of English at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar, where he teaches first-year writing. Over his career he has also taught elementary school learners in Egypt, intensive English students at Indiana University, and MA TESOL candidates at the University of Houston. His research focuses on teacher development and second language literacy issues.

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8 Responses to TESOL Board Seeks Member Feedback on Affiliates

  1. I deeply apologize for the late answer and hope you will consider our feedback.
    HUPE is very happy to be a part of TESOL International organisation. We find our association valuable and beneficial however there is always room for improvement. As an International representative in HUPE I have already discussed the issues with Ms Gabriela Kleckova in an interview she conducted on behalf of the TESOL Affiliate Task Force.

    In order to enhance our collaboration HUPE would like to offer an online platform for holding webinars. We have a virtual room in Adobe Connect and would be very happy to host speakers from TESOL International and the affiliated organisations in order to promote TESOL and offer our teachers high quality online training.

    Thank you for your efforts to further develop our cooperation.

  2. Aymen Elsheikh says:

    We apologize for the late response! I hope our feedback will still be relevant
    We agree with Glady’s comment about being involved with regional organizations which can’t get an affiliate status. This involvement could be in the form of hosting joint events, especially in African countries, among other activities.
    We also agree with the suggestion in the report regarding inviting speakers (plenary and featured) from affiliate associations to the Convention.
    We feel that communication needs to be boosted. Awareness raising sessions should be offered at the convention and online in order to orient the affiliates with the different benefits and other issues affecting their affiliation. Raising the awareness of how they can promote TESOL International could be part of these sessions.
    We agree that representation on the Board of Directors is essential. Instead of non-voting members sitting at Board meetings, we suggest non-voting representatives from the affiliates as members of the Board of Directors.
    Finally, we support the suggestion for restructuring the ALC and turning it into an APC
    I hope this helps.
    Thanks!
    On behalf of TESOL Sudan

  3. Okon Effiong says:

    TIA can reduce membership fees for African countries to $10. The current concessionary $35 for some affiliates which is seemingly or comparative low is actually more than a month’s salary in some African countries. Also, TIA can extend technical support to lo-tech regions of the world which struggle with Internet access. This can be by negotiating with big tech companies for some form of support for the disadvantaged regions because TIA has the clout to reach out to these corporations..

  4. Our relationship with TESOL International Association is very important. We are interested in developing a collaborative relationship with TESOL.

    We support and share similar values with TESOL.

    We believe that a successful partnership with TESOL is based on communication, collaboration, professionalism, and awareness of our country’s arduous situation.

    Knowledge-sharing plays also an important role and this could be done through webinars. Our current VenTESOL president, Mary Allegra, advises our association to deliver webinars on a monthly basis. TESOL could support us on this matter, providing a speaker for instance.

    VenTESOL has benefited from the visit of TESOL presidents in 2012 (Christine Coombe), 2014 (Yilin Sun) and 2016 (Dudley Reynolds). Their visit has been profoundly valued by our members. In May 2016, our country had the first TESOL International symposium.

    We appreciate the idea of inviting a keynote speaker from an affiliate association at each annual Convention.
    A space for a competitively examined “Best of Affiliates” submission in every issue of TESOL Journal would be ideal, also selecting and profiling an affiliate on the TESOL website each month/quarter would be magnificent.

    Benefits should be mutual to both TESOL and the affiliate associations. Additionally, the strengths and resources of affiliate associations should be recognized and respected.

    In general, we are incredibly pleased with the current relationship with TESOL. We are extremely grateful for your support.

  5. Robert Freeman says:

    Thanks to the IS and BPC leaders who shared links to the report and to TESOL’s desire for member comment. Having read the ATF Final Report, there were a few comments I wanted to share:
    The Affiliate Task Force deserves great commendation for the literature research they conducted and their effort to reach out to the 20 other associations.
    I would greatly agree that the idea of discounted membership incentives between parent and affiliate association makes a lot of sense. I was surprised by the list of benefits in Appendix A, and had not heard of these through my regional affiliate.
    One challenge or complexity with mutual membership incentives may be for those of us who are members of more than one affiliate. I’m in Delaware, where we have no state-level affiliate. Instead, I’ve joined two local/regional affiliates (Maryland TESOL and Penn TESOL East) as a way to connect “locally”. I would imagine similar situations may arise for other members (for example, Western Pennsylvania residents who join Ohio TESOL and/or West Virginia TESOL given the dearth of options in the western part of PA). Might additional membership discounts be given to members who take on the expense for joining two regional/local affiliates due to geographic circumstance? It might be worth considering.
    I also want to share my support for the idea on page 32 of using interest area to motivate communication between and across affiliates. For example, if TESOL knows that our neighboring affiliate is grappling with an issue of great interest and inquiry to ours, I believe that it could well serve to facilitate communication and collaboration between sister affiliates.
    Although I understand the challenge of TESOL providing guest speakers at affiliates acknowledged in the report, the ideas about a regionally-based approach to balance cost with support (page 28) seems an innovative compromise and workaround. I hope that something along these lines could be made possible. Might small travel grants for members to travel of external affiliates to travel and present at sister affiliates also be a tandem idea?
    Thank you again for the report and the opportunity to share my responses (and sorry it was so long).
    .

  6. Laura Soracco says:

    Where do we give feedback?

    • Rosa Aronson Rosa Aronson says:

      Hi Laura,
      You can post your feedback right here as a response to the Blog post.
      Please let us know if you have any further questions.
      Warm regards,
      Rosa Aronson
      Executive Director

  7. Gladys Focho says:

    I think TESOL should be more involved in regionalTESOL associations like Africa TESOL.