July 20, 2020
Austin, TX—As a part of TCEA’s ongoing mission to support the needs of all educators, the TCEA Board of Directors, members, and staff are taking steps to create permanent avenues to support diverse voices, equitable treatment, and a culture of inclusion, both within the organization and throughout education.
To this end, the organization’s seventh special interest group, the Equity and Inclusion Special Interest Group (EI-SIG), has been approved by the TCEA Board of Directors. SIGs are member-driven groups designed to help educators to network with those in similar roles or with similar interests to share ideas, challenges, and solutions.
The creation of a new special interest group requires a petition of at least 25 TCEA members and the approval of the Board. Approved at the July 16–19, 2020 meeting of the Board, the EI-SIG is currently in the process of drafting bylaws and electing officers. You can be a part of this crucial work. Learn more about EI-SIG and become a part of its work here: https://tcea.org/membership/sigs/ei-sig/
Further, the TCEA Board has created a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee charged with reviewing current practices, recommending changes to the Board as needed, identifying training needs for the TCEA Board and staff, and other activities meant to further the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The work of the DEI Committee has already begun, as Board members completed the first of several planned DEI online training courses during the summer meeting of the Board. TCEA staff will also participate in DEI training.
These actions represent the beginning of a continual process of ensuring that all voices are heard, and that all are treated with equal dignity and given equal opportunities. This work continues in TCEA’s review of programming and events, internal policies and training, and more. Ensuring fairness and an open culture is an ongoing, collaborative process, and we invite all interested TCEA members to engage with us in this vital work.
TCEA (tcea.org) is a nonprofit, member-based organization that has supported the use of technology in education since 1980. Our primary focus is on integrating technology into the PreK–16 environment and providing our members with cutting-edge knowledge and resources through conferences, workshops, online and print publications, and collaborations with higher education and business.