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TESOL International Association Strategic Direction


Our Priorities

Our strategic direction includes eight priorities that guide the path to our ideal future state. 

1. Stabilize and support the association's staff. 

2. Advocate for issues of multilingual learners and the profession.

3. Build member value and engagement.

4. Develop a diverse pipeline of leaders.

5. Improve efficiencies with TESOL's communities.
6. Diversify revenue sources.

7. Elevate English language teaching content and research.

8. Expand TESOL's global impact. 


Our Process

Between October 2021 and September 2022, the TESOL board of directors engaged in a multistep strategic thinking process that included a review of previous strategic plans, the establishment of guiding principles, brainstorming the most pressing problems feedback from volunteer leaders and association staff to validate three focus areas, and identification and ranking of eight strategic priorities. Board members, volunteer leaders, and TESOL staff contributed ideas, input, and feedback for an Agile Strategic Framework* that is grounded in continuous, incremental improvements through small and frequent updated tracked in an internal work plan. 

Our Focus Areas

Our strategic direction is framed by three focus areas that describe our ideal future state.

TESOL Focus Areas - 700 x 150

Our Guiding Principles

The board of directors identified seven guiding principles that influenced the development of our strategic direction.

Guiding Principles - 700 x 150

The strategic direction was approved in September 2022 and went into effect October 2022. Annually the association staff prepares an internal work plan and reports progress on a quarterly basis to the board of directors.

*Agile management is the ability to create and respond to change. It is a way of dealing with, and ultimately succeeding in, an uncertain and turbulent environment. It is an iterative approach to project management that helps teams deliver value to customers faster through continuous incremental improvement. 
                                                                                                                   - 2022