Using feedback from the 2015 Governance Review Task Force, input from Interest Section leaders, and best evidence on successful member communities in associations, the TESOL Board of Directors has proposed a vision for knowledge-based member communities within TESOL based on the following principles:
- Cultivates knowledge for the field.
- Increases the ability of members to identify and discuss professional issues relevant to their areas of interest.
- Provides the means for this knowledge and information to be easily shared and disseminated both horizontally and vertically within the association.
- Regularly provides information on current issues within the field to both leadership and staff to inform the programming and activities of the association.
- Provides for different forms of groups relevant to their role and function (i.e. not a “one-size-fits-all” model).
- Supports leadership paths for members.
- Maximizes the benefits from time and financial investment of members in TESOL International Association governance.
- Aligns with, and advance, the association’s strategic plan.
In May 2015, the Board struck an Interest Section Task Force (ISTF) charged with proposing options for models and structures that would achieve this vision. The ISTF Final Report presents the ideas generated by the task force based on their research of other associations’ models and the views of TESOL members.
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 IS relationship with TESOL International Association. Comments should be posted by June 10, 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 Interest Sections and the TESOL membership at large for comment on this plan beginning in November before sharing our recommendation with Interest Section leaders for discussion at our March 2017 meeting in Seattle. We will also be hosting online discussions with Interest Section leaders prior to March.
Dudley Reynolds, President
On behalf of the TESOL Board of Directors