Tennessee Education Association

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9 Suggestions to Make Committees Effective

  1. Effective committees do not exist on paper only. They require a meaningful charge that matters to your membership.

  2. Leaders must understand the need for each committee and agree to its function as well as its relationship to other committees.

  3. To assure an objective and balanced judgment representative of the total organization, the president should not appoint a committee without consultation with the Executive Board — except in case of emergency.

  4. Potential committee members should be consulted before appointments are confirmed. They should know that their unique knowledge and skills make them important to the total group.

  5. The president should select a committee chairperson with care and make clear the importance of the job and its objectives before the appointment is finalized. Be sure to include the time to complete the charge as well as the committee's budget and other Association resources.

  6. The president should stay in touch with committee chairs to make sure committee work stays on track and be prepared with suggestions if the chair has hit a snag.

  7. If a committee chair and members cannot complete their charge, be prepared to name a co- chair and additional members to complete the work.

  8. The committee chair needs to have a complete understanding of what actions require official approval by Association governance bodies outside the committee.

  9. The committee chair should be prepared to make interim reports and a final report to the Executive Board (and/or Rep Assembly).
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