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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

Click Here to Learn More!"Authentic Literacy Events and Social Actions: Celebrating Relationships and Partnerships"

July 18-20, 2013 at Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

This year's Summer Institute is intended to be a celebration of a wide variety of authentic literacy events, critical learning experiences, strategies, thinking, acting, and doing with an understanding of the social nature of these events.

NOTE:  This year the Summer Institute is held in conjunction with the Reading Miscue Analysis Conference.

Learn more and register today!


Election Ballots Have Been Mailed

Click Here for Election InformationPlease take a moment to vote for the future leaders of WLU.  If you have not received the 2013 WLU election email ballot, please check your Spam or Junk Mail folders.  Voting deadline is Saturday, June 15

Questions about the election or receipt of ballots can be emailed to


Write for Talking Points

Talking PointsTalking Points provides a forum for parents, classroom teachers, and researchers to reflect about literacy and learning. Editor Carol Gilles invites you and colleagues that you know to submit manuscripts for the next issue.

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Fact Sheets

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).



Story Workshop Web Seminar

Click Here to View RecordingView the recording of "Story Workshop: The Power of Playful Literacy" presented by Susan MacKay, director of the Museum Center for Learning, Portland Children's Museum. In this one-hour Web seminar, Susan discusses the pillars of Story Workshop illustrated by student and teacher work documenting the process using a PowerPoint presentation and video.

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