Message from TESOL Board of Directors Regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19)
11 March 2020
With great sadness and after much deliberation, TESOL International Association’s Board of Directors has unanimously decided to cancel the 2020 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo, scheduled for 31 March – 3 April in Denver, Colorado, USA.
Everyone at TESOL understands and appreciates the time, effort, and resources that you have put into preparing for the Convention this year. Like you, we have been working hard, and were looking forward to coming together and sharing professional knowledge. Unfortunately, due to the continued spread of COVID-19, travel restrictions, and the state of emergency declared in Colorado yesterday, we will not be able to deliver the TESOL experience you deserve. The health of our attendees is very important to us.
This decision presents a significant setback, but we are a resilient community. We share your disappointment, but we are also energized by new opportunities to meet our mission. We will continue to advance the expertise of professionals who teach English to speakers of other languages in multilingual contexts around the world. We are exploring ways for presenters to share their work with the community, perhaps through online platforms. Next week we will hold a series of virtual town halls to listen to your ideas and answer your questions.
We will honor any requests for full refunds but hope you will consider donating the registration fee to TESOL. As you can imagine, the financial impact to our association is very high. Donations will help us continue to provide world-class professional development, publications, advocacy, and community for you. Before Friday 20 March, you will receive an e-mail with more information about processing refunds and donations.
If you reserved a hotel through TESOL, we will cancel your reservation.
We especially want to recognize the work that our presenters, the local host committee, our volunteers, and the Conferences Professional Council have done. Thank you.
This is a difficult time for all of us and our hearts and minds are with you and your communities. In times like these, we all need to come together. Thank you for your understanding and continued support.