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Whole Language Umbrella

WLU is an NCTE Conference made up of whole language support groups and individual professionals interested in developing and implementing whole language in educational institutions. WLU is based on a view of whole language as a dynamic philosophy of education. Learn more by viewing the WLU Beliefs.

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In Defense of Good Teaching Award

Kenneth S. GoodmanNominations are being accepted for the Kenneth S. Goodman In Defense of Good Teaching Award. This award honors professional educators who stand up to harmful laws, policies, and practices in extraordinary ways, and who set an example of well-grounded, humanistic, holistic education. Winners of the award are educators who support their students in extraordinary ways and at great professional risk. Nominations for the 2018 award will be accepted until November 30, 2017


WLU at 2017 NCTE Annual Convention

2017 NCTE Annual ConventionNovember 16-19, 2017 • St. Louis, Missouri
America's Center Convention Center

Join WLU in St. Louis this November! We have a strand of sessions build around whole language theory, research, and pedagogy. Meet the founders of the whole language movement and learn about what this approach to language learning looks like in today's classrooms. 

Get a sneak peak with these social justice sessions.


Write for Talking Points

Talking PointsTalking Points provides a forum for parents, classroom teachers, and researchers to reflect about literacy and learning. Editors Sally Brown and Deborah MacPhee invite you and colleagues that you know to submit manuscripts for the next issue.

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2018 WLU Summer Institute

Sustaining Joy in Our Learning Communities during Challenging Times

July 12-14, 2018  •  Baltimore, Maryland

This year’s conference theme invites us to give voice to the languages, literacies, and cultures of the diverse students in our classrooms and among ourselves as professionals, and to focus on the joy we find in this important work. We invite proposals focusing on sustaining joy in literacy learning and teaching within diverse, holistic classrooms in the 21st century.


WLU Awards

Three awards are presented each year to honor members who view whole language as a dynamic philosophy of education.


Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT)

What Whole Language Is Not: Common Myths and Misunderstandings

CELT12 common myths about whole language are dispelled in this Fact Sheet from the Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT).

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