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Talking Points is published by WLU, the Whole Language Umbrella, a conference of NCTE. Talking Points helps promote literacy research and the use of whole language instruction in classrooms. It provides a forum for parents, classroom teachers, and researchers to reflect about literacy and learning. (Published semiannually, October and May.)

Editors: Edie Lanphar and Phil Fitzsimmons

San Roque School                                 
Santa Barbara, CA                                 


 October 2009 Talking Points


New Editors Announced

Edie Lanphar and Phil Fitzsimmons will complete their term as editors with the May 2010 issue. The new editors, Carol Gilles and Jennifer Wilson, will begin their term with the October 2010 issue. They can be reached at

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The whole language philosophy’s emphasis on meaning and motivation profoundly resonated with me. My personal experience as a reader taught me that the best comprehension occurs when the material has meaning and when the reader is motivated to read it.

—Mary Amato
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