As part of its comprehensive review of governance processes and structures, TESOL International Association has been examining its relationship with affiliate professional teacher associations around the world. The association has more than 100 affiliates, creating a network of more than 45,000 English language teaching professionals. Our goal throughout has been to establish a clear vision for why we have these relationships and what we should be achieving through them.
In June 2015 a task force was appointed to examine our current affiliate structure and to make recommendations for ways it could be strengthened. Their report was shared in April 2016. Following discussions with leaders of our affiliate associations, the Affiliate Leadership Council, and our membership at large, the Board of Directors worked to draft a proposal that would build on the task force’s recommendations and achieve the vision of a stronger, more purposeful affiliate network.
The proposal comprises a draft vision for how TESOL could pursue its mission of promoting quality English language teaching by strengthening its relationships with its affiliates and a second document proposing a new body for TESOL International Association: the Affiliate Network Professional Council. The proposal was shared with affiliate leaders and members of the Affiliate Leadership Council in a Virtual Town Hall on 7 December.
We now invite feedback from all members of the TESOL International Association as well as our affiliate associations on these proposals. Comments may be posted publicly here or emailed directly to me. Please submit all comments no later than 12 February 2017. The Board of Directors will review these comments with the goal of drafting policies for the affiliate relations and the Affiliate Network Professional Council as well as a timeline for implementation. The Board will discuss these documents at the annual meeting in Seattle. The hope is that following the current online discussions and then the discussions in Seattle, we will be ready in April 2017 to adopt a new policy as well as a timeline for transitioning from the current to the new structure.