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TESOL Member Resolutions

What's on Your Mind?

The TESOL Board of Directors invites TESOL members to submit resolutions concerning emerging issues in the association and the field.

What Is a Resolution?

A resolution is a formal statement adopted by a group. The resolution may define the group’s views on a particular issue, set out guidelines to be followed, or express an intent to take action on something. When adopted by the TESOL Board of Directors, a resolution becomes a binding policy of the association. Resolutions are posted on the TESOL website.

Who May Submit a Resolution?

Resolutions may be submitted by a TESOL member or any group within TESOL. If you have any questions about submitting a resolution, please contact TESOL's Director of Advocacy & Outreach.

Once your resolution has been submitted, the TESOL president will appoint an ad hoc board group to determine whether to propose it for consideration by the full board of directors. You will be notified by email of the resolution’s status and, if adopted, the resolution will be posted on the TESOL website.

How Do I Submit a Resolution?

A formal resolution has a particular format that requires a rationale and, often, background information. For more information on writing and submitting a resolution, please see Submit a Member Resolution.

Member Resolutions Archive

Between 1980 and 2009, the Rules and Resolutions Committee oversaw the member resolution process. That committee was eventually dissolved because it had become inactive. This archive contains all the resolutions passed during that period by member vote during the association's annual business meeting. To be presented to the membership, the resolution first had to be approved by the TESOL Board of Directors. If you have any questions, please contact the Director of Advocacy & Outreach.