By James Papple
BC TEAL collaborates with many organizations, creating a strong network for its members. One organization that BC TEAL is affiliated with is TESOL International (TESOL; tesol.org). BC TEAL has been an affiliate of TESOL for many years and is one of over 115 international and American affiliates. As a result, BC TEAL stands out amongst the pack with its professional development offerings and spirit of collaboration.
Working with the ANPC
One of the ways that BC TEAL collaborates with TESOL is through TESOL’s Affiliate Network and Professional Council (ANPC) . This council helps to ensure strong affiliate connections by advising on initiatives and activities that advance the associations’ strategic goals. The ANPC also acts as a liaison for the affiliates and the board of TESOL International, helping both achieve their missions.
The ANPC brings like-minded affiliates together that might not otherwise ever meet. These affiliates can share a variety of information like conference details, communications and best practices with each other to ensure the best support for membership. The ANPC supports affiliates through affiliate leader webinars and events that promote best practices in governance, fiscal responsibility, membership outreach, and other useful topics.
Who We Are
Currently, there are 9 members on the ANPC along with 1 TESOL staff and 1 TESOL board member. Many of the ANPC are former chairs or presidents of an affiliate and the composition of the ANPC reflects the geographical diversity of TESOL International with one member from Canada, Columbia, Israel, and Nigeria, as well as 5 members from the United States. In addition, each member liaises with approximately a dozen affiliates to help them find the support that they need. Throughout the year, the ANPC members work on four different subcommittees including: Newsletter, Affiliate Peer Advisory, Convention, and Events committees. BC TEAL has been one of the biggest supporters to the ANPC since the council’s creation three years ago. For example, the past president of BC TEAL presented at the last face-to-face TESOL convention and members of the current board continue to attend the ANPC webinars along with sharing resources with other affiliates across the globe.
Discover More About Us
This year the ANPC will have a presence at the TESOL annual convention, as well as a large online event in mid-April. The event is intended for board members or future/potential board members from all affiliates. The ANPC also recruits from members who have recent past experience on a board. Joining the ANPC is a great way to continue to make connections with others in the field. For those who might be interested in joining or learning more about the ANPC, please visit the webpage.
In conclusion, thank you to BC TEAL for being such a big part of the Affiliate Network and for supporting the ANPC!
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Bio: James Papple is the current chair of the ANPC and a member of BCTEAL and TESOL International. He has been working in EAL for over 20 years and volunteering in the field. He holds a masters in TESL from Brock University and he is currently the interim Associate Director for York University’s English Language Institute