Hello, NNETESOL members and friends!
Every year, we try to send one of our board members—generally the past-president—to represent us at the TESOL International Conference. If you have never been, it’s a huge conference with an equally huge number of presentations, ranging from posters and papers to workshops and panels.
But it’s also an opportunity for our organization to rub elbows with representatives from other affiliates, near and far. We can hear about the trials and tribulations, celebrations and successes of groups that have the same purpose, even if they aren’t the same size. I was our representative this year in Seattle.
TESOL provides for affiliate leaders a space to be able to learn from each other, and this year, the topic was volunteering. United Way volunteer coordinators met with us to help us think about how we could attract and retain a cadre of dedicated people for our organizations.
And it got me thinking…
Northern New England TESOL is you. We are only as strong as our members. And we really want your input. We would love to have more people helping us decide what topics are essential to our area and how we could harness the power of our fierce dedication to this field to get things done.
So in the next few months, I will be putting some calls out there for you to give us input. And I hope we’ll hear from you.
Also, TESOL wants some information, too.
- Members of the nominating committee came by and asked if we would please be so kind as to throw our hats into the ring to be nominated to serve TESOL in a larger way. You can see details here.
- The research committee came by to let us know that they are looking for the hot topics in our lives. What do we want TESOL to focus attention on? You can email us here, and we’ll let them know.
- Outgoing TESOL President Dudley Reynolds informed us about the proposed changes for affiliate leadership. He wants us to know that there has been no vote, that this is only a proposal. You can see the details in the blog post with links to recommendations here: http://blog.tesol.org/proposal-for-new-affiliate-relations-and-affiliate-network-professional-council/
- TESOL has opened registration for its advocacy summit June 18-20 in Alexandria, VA. The summit is a professional development opportunity to learn how to advocate on Capitol Hill for the needs of students. If you’re interested in going, register and let us know!
- And finally, if you are interested in finding out more about what happened at TESOL, you should set aside time on April 8 to attend the St. Michael’s College Student Conference and TESOL Talks. A group of us who attended will be sharing nuggets of what we learned. Here’s alink to the event on Facebook and a link to the registration.
Hope to see you there!