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WLU Awards

WLU awards honor members who view whole language as a dynamic philosophy of education.

All awards are given at the discretion of the WLU Executive Board from nominations submitted to the WLU Awards Committee. The nomination deadline is April 1 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.


Lifetime Membership Award

The 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.

2016 Award Recipient: Debra Goodman, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY


Service Award

The 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.

2016 Award Recipient:  Amy Seely Flint, University of Louisville, KY


Reclaiming the Joy of Teaching Award


The Reclaiming the Joy of Teaching Award honors a preK-12 teacher that inspires authentic progressive literacy learning.

2016 Award Recipient: Shelli Thelen, Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary, Columbia, MO



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