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TESOL International Association Strategic Plan

2015–2018 Strategic Plan



    • Increase the association’s demonstrated expertise in, and resources for, language education policy.
    • Enhance the leadership and advocacy skills of TESOL professionals.
    • Increase advocacy for, and improve the professional status of, English language professionals worldwide.
    • Increase resources and tools for TESOL members to enable them to engage in advocacy.




        • Reduce governance layers and redundancies.
        • Increase the alignment between volunteer competencies and the work that needs to be done.
        • Increase the speed and responsiveness of decision-making processes.
        • Streamline communication processes among staff, work groups, and members.
        • Develop the leadership pipeline.


          Professional Learning and Engagement


            • Expand the variety and reach of professional learning opportunities.
            • Incorporate relevant research and development into TESOL professional learning.
            • Ensure a positive member experience at all TESOL professional learning offerings, including the annual Convention, symposia, academies, and online events.
            • Improve ease of access to TESOL’s resources.
            • Expand TESOL’s capacity for members to participate in professional learning opportunities.
            • Expand publication product offerings that support professional learning needs through traditional and new media.



              • Implement TESOL’s research agenda.  
              • Increase the awareness and reach of TESOL research across the field.
              • Make research findings readily accessible to practitioners.



                • Increase the awareness and reach of TESOL standards across the field.
                • Facilitate the translation of standards into practice.
                • Improve the quality and currency of TESOL’s standards in a timely manner.
                • Increase the number of products and resources related to TESOL standards.


                Please contact Rita Buckner.