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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Each year WLU honors members who view whole language as a dynamic philosophy of education. The awards are given at the discretion of the WLU Executive Board from nominations submitted to the WLU Awards Committee. Learn more about the awards and submit your nomination before the January 15 deadline!
The WLU Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for two Executive Board members. Board members serve for three years and must attend two Board meetings per year, one at the WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute in July and one at the NCTE Annual Convention in November. Nominate yourself or a colleague before the January 15 deadline!
Sharing Our Stories: Re-visioning Our Worlds
Reading, Writing, and Taking Action
July 9-11, 2015 • Atlanta, Georgia
The 26th Literacies for All Summer Institute celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first WLU conference in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1990. The conference theme, "Sharing Our Stories, Re-visioning Our Worlds," invites us to share stories of wonder and frustration as we explore language and literacy learning and teaching. We will reflect on whole language as a part of the historic tapestry of progressive education, democratic schools, and critical literacy. Our work builds upon the foundation put into place by our mentors and leaders, but the creative work of teachers involves constantly re-visioning the potential of holistic learning communities, informed by the most current research and thinking on language education. This conference invites educators to come together and explore issues through conversation and social action.
We invite proposals focusing on the potential of literacy learning and teaching within holistic classrooms in the 21st century.
2015 Program Proposal Form
Story 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.
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What Whole Language Is Not: Common Myths and Misunderstandings
12 common myths about whole language are dispelled in this Fact Sheet from the Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT).