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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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WLU on Education Talk Radio

Ray and Prisca MartensListen to Prisca and Ray Martens on Education Talk Radio as they discuss “Young Children Composing Meaning in Story Studio.“

Prisca Martens is professor in the Department of Elementary Education at Towson University, Towson, Maryland, where she teaches courses in literacy and children’s literature and is currently researching how helping young children read the language of art in the illustrations of picture books and integrating that meaning with the meaning in the written text enhances children’s understanding and appreciation of story.  Ray Martens is Associate Professor in the Art Education Department at Towson University, Maryland, who is best known for his montage drawings and paintings.


NCTE Annual Convention

NCTE Annual ConventionStory As the Landscape of Knowing
November 20-23, 2014 | Gaylord National Resort

Join your colleagues and friends as we examine the power of story as the landscape within which we map the significance of experience and build towers of knowledge. Register and make your hotel reservations today!

WLU Strand sessions   

WLU Strand sessions in the Online Program


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Fact Sheets

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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