Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts/MATELA
NETWORKING ADVOCACY PEDAGOGY PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
An affiliate of NCTE National Council of Teachers of English 1111W. Kenyon Road, Urbana, Illinois 61801-1096 www.ncte.org
Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts
Constitution and Bylaws
Revised 17 October 1997
Montana Association of Teachers of English and Language Arts
Article I - NAME AND PURPOSE
Section 1. This organization shall be known as the Montana Association of Teachers of English and Language Arts (MATELA).
Section 2. The purposes of this nonprofit corporation shall be
Article II - MEMBERSHIP
Section 1. Membership in this organization shall be open to all persons engaged in the teaching or supervision of English language arts and related fields at any level and to all others interested in the purposes of MATELA.
Section 2. The Board of Directors will strive for membership from all regions in the State.
Section 3. The Board of Directors will strive to recruit members who are people of color.
Section 4. District branches may be established by the Board of Directors at the instigations of the Membership Committee for the convenience of meetings and other professional activities. These district branches may have officers of their own, remaining subordinate to the Board of Directors. District Presidents serve as members of the Board of Directors.
Article III - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. The Board of Directors shall be comprised of the Executive Committee, the Immediate Past President, District Presidents, Editors of Publications, all Liaison Representatives, and Chairpersons of Standing Committees.
Section 2. All members of the Board of Directors shall be members of MATELA and NCTE.
Section 3. The officers of this organization shall be President, First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These officers shall comprise the Executive Committee.
Section 4. Officers shall be nominated by the Nominating Committee and elected by ballot at the annual business meeting. Their term of office shall be one year.
Section 5. Officers shall be eligible for re-election to the same office or for election to other offices.
Section 6. A vacancy in any office except the Presidency shall be filled by an appointment by the Executive Committee. A vacancy in the Presidency shall be filled by the First Vice-President.
Article IV - MEETINGS
Section 1. The time, number, and place of the meetings shall be determined by the Executive Committee.
Section 2. Special meetings may be called by the President.
Section 3. An annual business meeting shall be held in conjunction with the annual Fall Conference. Notice of this meeting shall be given to all members at least thirty days in advance.
Section 4. District branches shall hold at least one meeting per year. District branches which do not meet for a professional activity at least once per year shall be considered inactive.
Section 5. A regular meeting is one attended by general membership. An executive meeting is one attended by the Board of Directors. All executive meetings are open to general membership.
Article V - AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Amendments to the Constitution may be made by a two-thirds majority at any regular meeting, provided that notice has been given at the previous meeting or by mail at least thirty days before amendments are voted upon.
Article I - DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section 1. All members of the Board of Directors shall
Section 2. The President shall
Section 3. The First Vice-President shall
Section 4. The Second Vice-President shall
Section 5. The Secretary shall
Section 6. The Treasurer shall
Section 7. The Immediate Past President shall
Section 8. The District Presidents shall
Section 9. The Montana English Journal Editor shall
Section 10. The UPDATE Newsletter Editor shall
Section 11. The NCTE Liaison shall
Section 12. The support for Learning and Teaching of English (SLATE) Representative shall
Section 13. MATELA wishes to maintain a Liaison with the State Office of Public Instruction. The OPI Liaison shall
Section 13. The College Liaison Representatives shall
Section 14. The State Coordinators of NCTE and MATELA Awards shall
a. Coordinate the award programs.
a. conduct the business of their respective committees.
Section 15. Liaisons to other state organizations concerned with the improvement of English language arts instruction shall
Article II - STANDING COMMITTEES
Section 1. The standing committees of this organization shall be the Executive Committee, the Program Committee, the Membership Committee, the Auditing Committee, the Publications Committee, the Public Policy Committee, and the Nominating Committee.
Section 2. The President, with the concurrence of the Board of Directors, shall appoint such other standing committees as deemed necessary.
Section 3. The President shall appoint the chairpersons of standing committees. The chairpersons shall serve as members of the Board of Directors and shall file a written annual report with the Secretary prior to the annual business meeting.
Section 4. The President shall serve as ex-officio member of all standing committees except the Nominating Committee.
Section 5. The Executive Committee shall be chaired by the President and shall consist of the First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. The Executive Committee shall
Section 6. The Program Committee for the Fall Conference shall be chaired by the First Vice-President and shall arrange all details for the annual Fall Conference.
Section 7. The Public Policy Committee shall be chaired by the Public Policy Chair and shall develop MATELA's position on issues concerning English language arts. The committee shall present positions to the Board for formal adoption; the committee may authorize its chair to act on positions before they are formally adopted.
Section 8. The Nominating Committee shall be chaired by the Immediate Past President and shall consist of two other members appointed by the President. The function of this committee shall be to prepare a slate of officers for the annual election. The slate must be distributed to the membership at least 30 days prior to the annual business meeting.
Article III - NCTE AFFILIATION AND DELEGATES
Section 1. The President shall seek annual affiliation with the National Council of Teachers of English, subject to such criteria for affiliation as determined by NCTE.
Section 2. The Board of Directors shall elect annually a representative to serve as Director of the Board of Directors of NCTE. The Director shall attend the NCTE Board of Directors meetings and represent MATELA's interests at such meetings.
Section 3. The liaison officer shall serve as contact between MATELA and NCTE and shall keep this organization and NCTE mutually informed.
Article IV - DUES
Section 1. The executive committee will determine the dues structure. Changes in dues must be approved by a 2/3 majority of the membership present at the annual business meeting.
Section 2. Special assessments may be levied by a majority vote of the members present at a board meeting.
Article V - QUORUM
Section 1. The members present at a regular meeting or at an executive meeting shall constitute a quorum.
Article VI - STANDARD AUTHORITY
Section 1. The rules contained in Robert's Rules of Order (Revised) shall be followed.
Article VII - AMENDMENTS
Section 1. Amendments to the By-Laws may be made by a two-thirds majority vote at any regular meeting provided that notice has been given at a previous meeting or by mail at least thirty days before the amendments are voted upon.
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The Montana Association of Teachers of English Language Arts promotes the teaching
and learning of English and the language arts at all levels of education.
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