Committee Service FAQ

Committee Service FAQ
Who is the ideal committee candidate?
What do governance and organizational committees do for TAGT?
What is the term of service?
Is there a membership requirement for serving on a committee?
How often does a committee meet?
How does the nomination process work?
What do committee volunteers get in return for their service?
What is the committee structure?


 


Who is the ideal committee candidate?
The ideal candidate is an engaged Association member who wants to be involved with developing relevant and innovative programs to benefit all stakeholders in gifted education.


What do governance and organizational committees do for TAGT?
TAGT committees help the Board do its job. Committees ordinarily will assist the Board by preparing policy alternatives and implications for Board deliberation. Committees monitor and evaluate processes, management and the progress toward Ends assigned to the respective committee. The three Governance Committees (Finance, Policy and Planning and Leadership Development) deal directly with the leadership of the association whereas the Organizational Committees (Membership Involvement, Education, Communications and Advocacy) serve a planning or visionary role.


What is the term of service?
All committee members will serve staggered one-year terms and may not serve on the same committee for more than three consecutive terms. Leadership Development Committee members will serve staggered one-year terms and may choose to serve a second one-year term.


Is there a membership requirement for serving on a committee?
All committee members must maintain a current membership at a Professional or Parent level for the length of their service.


How often does a committee meet?
Association governance documents prescribe that governance and organizational committees will meet twice a year (virtually and/or in person). These meetings will either be scheduled in conjunction with another TAGT event or they will be held virtually. Most meetings will last 1-2 hours, depending on the meeting’s agenda. 

Since many Committees meet during the TAGT Annual Conference in late fall, attendance is strongly encouraged for all volunteers. In many cases, the first formal gathering of new committees occurs at this time. Service on a TAGT committee is on a volunteer basis. Therefore in most cases, TAGT does not cover personal expenses related to meetings. TAGT does pay for the logistical cost of meetings, including room rental fees and online meeting service subscriptions.


How does the nomination process work?
Members interested in serving on a committee should complete and return the nomination form by September 19. Additionally, members may nominate others who they believe would be an asset to the association. TAGT will contact them to see if they are interested in serving. All nominations will be reviewed by the Leadership Development Committee (LDC) and judged using an association needs assessment tool that considers experience and background, as well as rural, urban, suburban and ethnic diversity. 


What do committee volunteers get in return for their service?
In addition to an impressive line item for your resume, committee service allows you to refine your interest with TAGT and move into a more challenging leadership position like serving on the Board.


What is the committee structure?
In 2012, TAGT began a Board restructure that allows for stakeholder representation, in addition to traditional geographic input. This creates a more robust committee structure and provides opportunities for member participation and leadership development. There are three Governance Committees (Finance, Policy and Planning and Leadership Development) and four Organizational Committees (Membership Involvement, Education, Communications, and Advocacy). Each committee is comprised of a chair person, at least five appointed members, a board liaison and a staff liaison.

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