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Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

Guidelines for the Special Interest Group: Advocacy Chair (1 position)

Duties & Time commitment: Approximately 90-100 hours of commitment per year for 2  years excluding the quarterly board meeting time 

The Advocacy SIG Chair is responsible for overseeing all activities related to advocating  for ORTESOL members to improve working conditions and employment standards with  the ultimate purpose of ensuring that all English language learners are provided optimal  learning experiences throughout the state.  

  • Convene the ORTESOL Advocacy Committee and ensure all members are clear  about the goals of the committee. 

  • Coordinate the following: 

    • Organize ESOL Awareness Week activities as determined by the board. 
    • Write and disseminate position papers related to advocacy. 
    • Develop a system of evaluation to determine effectiveness of advocacy work. 
    • Report progress to ORTESOL Board and general membership. 
    • Network with and develop a database of contacts and relevant partners. 
    • Create and implement an action plan* to address advocating for ORTESOL  English language professional members.  
    • Develop and maintain communication with ORTESOL members related to  advocacy issues and activities.  
    • Research TESOL International and various TESOL affiliates’ advocacy  activities for English language professionals. 
    • Research current data that may be specific and relevant to Oregon English  Language professionals’ working conditions and employment standards.  
  • Continually improve effectiveness of advocacy work and communication with  stakeholders (committee members, partners, etc.) 
  • Maintain accurate records. 

*Action plan activities may include: writing and disseminating position papers related to  advocacy, educating our members of Congress about the effects of a policy on our  constituency, inviting a member of Congress to visit ORTESOL so that he/she may  see firsthand how federal funding or a policy affects day-to-day operations and the difference it makes. 

As a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, ORTESOL cannot endorse any specific candidates, raise money for specific candidates, or encourage our members to vote for specific candidates.


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