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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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2016 Summer Institute

Literacy That Matters: Curriculum, Creativity, and Critical Action

July 14-16, 2016 • St. Louis, Missouri

The theme of this year’s Literacies for All Summer Institute, Literacy That Matters: Curriculum, Creativity, and Critical Action, invites us to share the ways in which we move beyond the limits of mandated curriculum, commercial programs, and testing as we explore language and literacy teaching and learning that matters in the lives of our students and their communities.  

Learn more here.


2016 Election Candidates Announced

Ballot information will be emailed to WLU members by March 15.
Votes must be cast by June 15, 2016.

Board Members (two to be elected)

  • Keri-Anne Croce, Towson University, Baltimore, MD
  • Brenda Hawkins, YMCA Education Achievement Center, Fall River, MA
  • Deborah MacPhee, Illinois State University, Normal
  • David Schultz, Long Island University, Riverhead, NY

President Elect (one to be elected)

  • Roxanne Henkin, The University of Texas, San Antonio

Candidate Biographical Information

Scholarship Fund

WLU Scholarship FundThe Whole Language Umbrella has scholarships available for teachers to attend the Literacies for All Summer Institute. Teachers who embrace whole language practices in their elementary, middle, or high school classroom will be considered. Learn more.

Help fund the WLU Scholarships with your donation today!





NCTE Annual Convention

Ted KeslerDebra GoodmanWatch the interview with WLU President Debra Goodman and Elementary Section Chair Ted Kesler as they talk about teaching and learning at the 2015 NCTE Convention in Minneapolis. 



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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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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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