Joining the TESL Ontario Board

Inspiration to Join the TESL Ontario Board

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During the Ontario College strike in October 2017, I felt compelled to be more politically aware. Then, in October 2018, I attended the Canadian Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) Pan-Canadian Research Conference and I found the global and local initiatives to improve education truly inspiring. At my institution, I joined our Senate, Honorary Degree Committee, Local Executive Council, and became the Chair of the Academic Policy Committee. Being a driver of change is really hopeful and promising.

After 22 years of teaching ESL and mentoring in TESL, I wanted to explore ways to engage in academic governance, decision-making, strategic direction, continuous change, and emerging trends. When I saw the Board of Directors Call for Nominations, I just knew this was how I could contribute to the field of language education.

Typical Tasks of a Board Member-at-Large

When I was acclaimed to the Board in December 2019, my first duty was to attend the TESL Ontario Conference panel discussions from affiliate chapters to governing ministries like Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU), Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (MCSS), and the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Since then, we have had two full board meetings and lots of email and document exchanges.

In these collegial discussions, we share our insights and perspectives that stem from our experiences and exchanges in our respective TESL communities. We listen and observe, make recommendations, and provide peer review for the concerns of our members and our pan-Canadian and international peers.

Aspirations as a Board Member

Since joining, I have learned so much about our membership and what it does for teaching and learning. We have six committees, twelve affiliate chapters, the Tutela webinars, the blog, the Contact magazine, and research to engage with. In fact, I recently joined the Standards Committee and am thinking about joining the TESL Research Registry.

I am passionate about creative problem solving, design thinking, and design-based research, so I hope in the future I will be able to share and use these tools and techniques to give others a voice in TESL leadership.

Interested in joining the team? The nomination period to join the TESL Ontario board has begun! More information can be found on the TESL Ontario website.

*Post updated May 27, 2020.

Hello. My name is Paula Ogg and I’ve been teaching English for over 20 years - everything from beginner conversational English to postdoctoral fellow grant research writing to mentoring teachers, seasoned and new, in innovative approaches to education. I hold a Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum Instruction Technology, a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Theory, Methodology, and Language Instruction designation, and a Bachelor of Arts in English. My interests include instructional design, curriculum development, distance education, health education, travel and tourism, technology, eportfolios, and, of course, English language arts. In my teaching practice, I use a constructivist approach that focuses on what the students are doing and what they can produce in a publishable artifact for an eportfolio.


2 thoughts on “Joining the TESL Ontario Board”

  1. Thanks Mario! The board is doing well. We connect over web conferencing and correspond via email. Are you interested in becoming a board member?

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