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WLU Purpose

To provide support for individual members and support groups by:
  • Providing and encouraging the formation of whole language support groups.
  • Facilitating networking among members/groups through the journal, Talking Points, and the Delegates Assembly at the WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute.
  • Providing a forum for discussion and joint action on common issues and concerns.
  • Identifying local groups for individuals interested in joining.
  • Sanctioning local and regional meeting and conference activities.
  • Sponsoring national and international meetings and conferences.
  • Publishing and distributing books, articles, and other materials which support whole language.
  • Supporting and defending whole language educators and practices.

To improve the quality of learning and teaching at all levels of education by:

  • Encouraging the study of the whole language philosophy in all aspects through:

    • high-quality teacher education programs that include in their curriculum whole language theory, research, and strategies;
    • staff development programs; and
    • self-study programs in teacher support groups.
  • Promoting whole language teaching;
  • Promoting and critiquing whole language policies, curricula, and frameworks:
    • at federal and state/provincial levels; and
    • at local education agency and school levels;
  • Stimulating and promoting research in whole language;
  • Publicizing whole language and its benefits to the profession and the public;
  • Disseminating information on whole language to teachers, administrators, school decision makers, parents, and others participating in the development of whole language education; and
  • Facilitating collaboration among teachers, researchers, parents, administrators, and teacher educators in the development of whole language.

---WLU Constitution: Article II, Section 2

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