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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Information about the 2013 Summer Institute Coming Soon!
Isoke Titilayo Nia,
R. Joseph Rodrigues,
with board member, Renita Schmidt
Thanks to everyone who made the 2012 Summer Institute a success!
Presenters: Bess Altwerger, Joanne Yatvin, and Sarah Bentley
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English Language Learners in Literacy Workshops
Marsha Riddle Buly, a mainstream classroom teacher who became a reading specialist and then a specialist in bilingual/ELL education, shows how reading, writing, and language workshops can be used to help language learners in mainstream K–8 classrooms.
Becoming Writers in the Elementary Classroom: Visions and Decisions
WLU Past President and author, Katie Van Sluys, demonstrates how to (re)claim our professional practice to ensure that young people have the opportunity to become competent, constantly growing writers who use writing to think, communicate, and pose as well as solve problems.
In this article from The Council Chronicle, August 2011, Katie Van Sluys notes that what teachers believe about teaching writing influences how their students learn to write.
Teaching Phonics in Context
Through myriad classroom vignettes, experienced educators David Hornsby and Lorraine Wilson show just how phonics is taught and learned in literacy-rich classrooms.
Also, check out the On Demand Web seminar featuring David and Lorraine on Reading and Writing in the Elementary Classroom: Teaching Phonics in Context.
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).
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