This past weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in the TCEA Area 9 Conference in Jacksboro, Texas. It was a fun event for me–I moodled all day; check here for workshop materials–and I had the opportunity to meet folks like Don Sewell (TCEA Area 9 Director).

One of the intriguing conversations I had on Saturday was with members of the TCEA Area 9 Council, which evidently had been around for quite a few years. It is something I’ve admired from afar in Area 20.

The benefits of an Area Council for TCEA Area 9 included the following:

  • Scholarships for students
  • Officers to serve on Area Council
  • Better representation from local districts
  • Organization of area events

Area Councils are provided for in the TCEA organization bylaws:

ARTICLE VIII. AREA COUNCIL

Section 1. Area Council Members

The Area Council shall consist of the Area Director, who shall serve as chairperson, and members recruited from the general membership of that area.

Section 2. Qualifications for Area Council

Any Regular Member, who is a teacher, administrator, or other employee of an educational entity in the state of Texas, shall be eligible to serve on the Area Council. Area Council members must reside or be employed in the TCEA area they serve.

Section 3. Terms of Area Council Members

Membership on the Area Council shall be reviewed annually by the Area Director.

Section 4. Selection of Area Council Members

The Area Director shall recruit and appoint Council members from the general membership of that Area. An equitable geographic balance shall be maintained, insofar as possible. The Council may establish an officer structure comparable to the existing structure of TCEA.

Section 5. Duties of the Area Council

Area Council members shall assist the Area Director in planning, organizing, and implementing Area activities, promoting Area membership, contributing to the TCEA communications network, budgeting and directing the Area funds, working on various committees as assigned, and promoting the use of computers and technology in educational settings.

Section 6. Duties of the Area Director

The Area Director organizes specialized Area activities, promotes Area membership, contributes to the TCEA communications network, budgets and directs the Area funds, works on various committees as assigned, chairs the Area Council, advises Local Chapters, in that Area, and promotes the use of computers and technology in educational settings.

What are your thoughts about establishing a TCEA Area 20 Council? Is that something of interest and worthwhile?


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