Scott Floyd (A Piece of My Mind) writes a long response and extends my original blog entry that I wrote this week, TCEA Crescendo, on his blog.

Although I encourage you to read his blog entry in its entirety, here are some of my take-aways:

  1. Transparency for Board Meetings
  2. Make content subscribable via RSS feeds for the web site and listserv
  3. The Board needs to revisit its vision, mission and goals with a fresh eye and with stakeholder concerns in mind.
  4. TCEA needs to step up as an organization and spear-head collaboration with other entities.
  5. Ensure TCEA’s vacant Board positions are filled as quickly as possible.
  6. TCEA must become politically active and it’s work should be transparent and open rather than locked up in a committee.
  7. TCEA staff should stay out of Board elections or encouraging people in areas to run (there’s a report–unsubstantiated–that a TCEA staffer influenced people to run against candidates that they did not like. This is a charge that needs to be investigated further).

Those are some of the key ideas I got out of a quick reading of Scott Floyd’s response. While it’s tempting to see these conversations as inappropriate–“We don’t discuss this in public for fear they might hurt the organization”–we are well-past the idea that keeping it quiet is to the benefit of the membership. Simply, it’s not, as we’ve seen over the last few years.

One other point I’d like to add…it’s tough that the current board is stuck with this opportunity to transform TCEA in the face of these concerns and issues. I caution the Board in considering that these remarks are the work of a few people. I have heard these concerns expressed without prompting by many individuals across Texas who are dedicated to teaching, learning and leading with technology…some of them past presidents and Board members who are disappointed with the way TCEA abdicated its leadership or failed to lead.

We are all looking for an organization that we can be proud of, yet if you’re not growing with the times, if you’re not embracing the very technologies that educators can use, and advocating educational use of technology with others, challenging the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on its interpretation of the legislature, trailblazing rather than limping along afterwards, then what need for TCEA?

These critiques wouldn’t be valid if over the last 5-6 years, if TCEA had taken the decision to embrace them. Now, TCEA has an elephant in the lobby of it’s organization that it ignores at its peril and the disenchantment of its members.

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