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2018 WLU Summer Institute

WLU Scholarships

The Whole Language Umbrella has scholarships available for teachers to attend the Literacies for All Summer Institute in Baltimore, Maryland (July 12-14, 2018). Teachers who embrace whole language practices in their elementary, middle, or high school classroom will be considered. The scholarship supports registration costs (100%) and one year of NCTE annual membership (100%). Each award is valued to be no more than $300.

Help fund the WLU Scholarships with your donation today!




Past Recipients

Morgan Belcher, Starke Primary School, Pekin, IL (Central Illinois TAWL)
Sue Haynes, Tucson, AZ (Tucson, TAWL)
Brandi Smith, Birmingham, AL (Alabama TAWL) 

Christie Angleton, University of Louisville, KY (Louisville TAWL)
Morgan Belcher, Starke Primary School, Pekin, IL (Central Illinois TAWL)
Nicole Burks, Columbia, MO (Mid-Missouri TAWL)
Alessandra Campos, Borton Magnet Elementary, Tucson, AZ
Aaron Gillego, Pine Crest School, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Katherine Hays, Ernest Gallet Elementary, Youngsville, LA
Cyra Sadowl, Tucson, AZ (Tucson TAWL)

Kelly Allen, Tucson, AZ (Tucson TAWL)
Anna Bock, Park Creek Elementary School, Dalton, GA
Kristen Lauer, Oak Creek High School, Oak Creek, WI
Tracy Szulczewski, Oak Creek High School, Oak Creek, WI
Shelli Thelen, Mary Paxton Keeley Elementary School, Columbia, MO (Mid-Missouri TAWL)

Edie Lantz Leppert, Literacy Connects, Tucson, AZ (Tucson TAWL)
Joan Lazar, Teaneck Public School System, Teaneck, NJ (North Fork TAWL)
Gennie Pfannenstiel, Grant and Lee Elementary Schools, Columbia, MO (Mid-Missouri TAWL)

Call for Nominations

Nomination Deadline:  May 20, 2018

WLU-TAWL Scholarship
One teacher from each of the member TAWL groups may be nominated to receive the WLU-TAWL Scholarship. To facilitate the selection process, the following criteria are recommended as each TAWL group considers whom to select to be this year’s scholarship recipient:

  • First-time WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute attendees
  • Attending the conference OR presenting and attending the conference
  • Commitment to local TAWL activities

Once selected, please send nominee name, mailing address, and email address to

WLU Summer Institute Scholarship

Teachers not belonging to a TAWL group may be nominated to receive a WLU Summer Institute Scholarship. One teacher will be awarded the scholarship each year. To apply, please submit the following information:

  • Name, mailing address, and email address
  • Number of WLU Summer Institutes presented at and/or attended
  • Brief description of how whole language beliefs and practices have influenced your teaching life (no more than 400 words).

Send application information to

An individual may be awarded a scholarship every three years.

Scholarship winners will be notified in May.
We appreciate your support of this initiative to bring more whole language teachers to the Literacies for All Summer Institute.


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