The WLU awards honor members who view whole language as a dynamic philosophy of education.
All three awards are given at the discretion of the WLU Executive Board from nominations submitted to the WLU Awards Committee. The nomination deadline is January 15 each year for all three awards.
The awards are presented at the Opening Session during the WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute. A brief review of the recipient’s contribution is given followed by the presentation of a plaque or certificate.
The WLU Service Award is presented to a member who has made a particular contribution to the Whole Language Umbrella in terms of the work they have done for the organization. The work may have a particular focus such as newsletter or journal development, or it may be organizational, such as serving on the Executive Board or working with particular groups within the organization. The key consideration for the Service Award will be consistent involvement in the organizational structures of WLU.
Service Award Nomination Form
2016 Award Recipient:
Amy Seely Flint
University of Louisville, KY
The WLU Lifetime Membership Award is presented to a member who has, throughout his/her career, made an outstanding contribution to whole language in general and/or the Whole Language Umbrella in particular. Among the types of contributions considered are setting in place organizational structures; founding TAWL groups; serving on the WLU Executive Board; serving as a leader of an Interest Action Group; facilitating conference organization; long term commitment in speaking to and working with TAWL groups and WLU. The overall profile of the person will be considered with key consideration given to career accomplishments demonstrated through a variety of means.
Lifetime Membership Nomination Form
2016 Award Recipient:
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY
Hofstra University Press Release
Read "Comments on receiving the Whole Language Umbrella 2016 Lifetime Membership Award" by Debra Goodman
This award honors a preK-12 teacher that inspires authentic progressive literacy learning.
Joy of Teaching Award Nomination Form
Shelli Thelen, Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary, Columbia, MO, 2016
Kathryn Moore, Har-Bar High School, Fayetteville, AR, 2015
Caryl Crowell, Borton primary Magnet School, Tucson, AZ, 2014
Kathryn Mitchell Pierce, Wydown Middle School, St. Louis, MO, 2014
Joni Fujita, Noelani Elementary School, Honolulu, HI, 2013
Jennifer Wilson, University of South Carolina, Columbia, 2012
Questions about the awards can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.