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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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2013 Summer Institute

"Authentic Literacy Events and Social Actions: Celebrating Relationships and Partnerships"

July 18-20, 2013 at Hofstra University, Long Island, NY

CLICK HERE to learn more about the Institute and program proposal submission. 


WLU Executive Board Elections

The WLU Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for two board members for the 2013 WLU elections.  The Executive Board is responsible for making all on-going operational decisions for WLU.  Click here for additional information including the nomination form.  Nomination deadline is January 15, 2013.

Know an Outstanding Whole Language Educator?

Submit a Nomination for a WLU Award!

The Lifetime Membership Award honors 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.

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.

Reclaiming the Joy in Teaching Award honors a teacher at any level that inspires authentic progressive literacy learning. 

We invite all WLU members to consider nominating appropriate individuals for these awards.  Nomination deadline is January 15, 2013. 


The Common Core Standards: Issues and Challenges Web Seminar

Presenters:  Bess Altwerger, Joanne Yatvin, and Sarah Bentley

Missed the presentation?  View the recording and read the PowerPoint presentation of this web seminar.  

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Write for Talking Points

Talking PointsEditor Carol Gilles invites you, your colleagues, students and/or teachers that you know to submit manuscripts for the WLU journal, Talking PointsLearn more today!



Books and More

English Language Learners in Literacy WorkshopsEnglish 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 ClassroomBecoming 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.


Click here for more informationTeaching 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.

On Demand Web SeminarAlso, 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

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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