TESOL-Kuwait Policy - Special Interest Groups - 31 October 2016

Special Interest Groups (SIG) definition from the Constitution

There shall be subdivisions of the association called Special Interest Groups (SIG), for example,Teacher Development, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Adult Education, Higher Education, Private and Government Institutions and others as the Board approves. Each SpecialInterest Group shall have one representative reporting to -the President-elect and shall participatein the affairs of the association as prescribed by the bylaws.Individual members of TESOL Kuwait, at the time of joining or of renewing membership, shall indicate their primary area of interest as affiliation with a TESOL SIG. The standing SIGs are, for example:

1. Teacher Development

2. Primary Education

3. Secondary Education

4. Adult Education

5. Higher Education

6. Special Education

7. Private Sector

8. Government Sector

9. TESOL Toastmasters

10. English for Specific Purposes

11. Students

12. eLearning

Special Interest Groups (SIG) definition from the Bylaws

Other SIGs will be created as members demand. SIGs that are not performing will be closed. SIGs will be formed by a group of at least 10 members who agree to collaborate to accomplish a jointly defined purpose. Special Interest Groups will be formed by formal petition to the Executive Board. The Petition will be signed by a minimum of 10 members and will include a defined Purpose,Strategy and Work Plan to support the Purpose. The Petition will include the expected term of SIG life-cycle (time frame) and at least one Key Performance Indicator by which the accomplishment of the Purpose will be evaluated. The Petition will include agreement that the KPI must be accomplished within the time frame or the SIG will be closed. Some SIGs will be long-term and will be renewed year-by-year while other SIGs may exist for a year or less, depending on the purpose and/or level of success.A SIG is different from a committee in that SIGs are started by members while Committees are assigned by the Executive Board for the purpose of accomplishing organizational operational purposes. Committees may include non-members while SIGs only include Members.A similarity between SIGs and Committees is that they both are formed to support TESOL Mission,Values and Goals. Committees are formed for the purpose of tactically implementing Objectives and may sometimes define new objectives. SIGs may define as well as fulfill organization goals and objectives.The President-elect will be the primary executive leader for the SIGs.

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