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Teachers Applying Whole Language (TAWL)

These groups provide individual members, usually from the same geographical area, a local network for their interest in whole language.



Current Groups

Alabama TAWL, Birmingham, AL
Contact:  Sue Seay

Center for Expansion of Language & Thinking (CELT), Bloomington, IN
Contact:  Jerome C. Harste

Central Illinois TAWL, Mahomet, IL
Contact:  Deborah MacPhee
Louisville TAWL, Louisville, KY
Contact:  Kathryn Whitmore
Mid-Missouri TAWL, Columbia, MO
Contact:  Nancy Knipping

North Fork TAWL, Mattituck, NY
Contact:  David P. Schultz
Tucson TAWL, Tucson, AZ
Contact:  Caryl Crowell

For additional contact information or to join one of these groups, email 


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What are the unique advantages for TAWL group members?

  • A subscription to the Whole Language Umbrella journal, Talking Points
    (one subscription per group through the group's contact person)
  • Voting privileges at the Delegates Assembly meeting at the WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute (each TAWL group member, as evidenced by the membership roster of a current TAWL group, is entitled to one vote)
  • Ability to obtain tax-exempt status for the group through the NCTE
  • Use of the WLU logo on TAWL publications and Conference materials
  • Invitation to attend the WLU Executive Board meetings at the WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute and at the NCTE Annual Convention
  • Opportunities to join WLU/NCTE communities and listservs
  • Access to a variety of resources and professional development activities

Start a TAWL Group    

A minimum of five members is required to form a TAWL group. One member, usually the group contact person, must be an individual member of WLU/NCTE.  TAWL Group membership in WLU is $25.00 per group.

To start a TAWL group, print out, complete, and mail the TAWL Group Enrollment Form with your payment to WLU/NCTE, 1111 West Kenyon Road, Urbana, IL 61801-1096 or email to


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