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.
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
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
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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