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Teachers Applying Whole Language (TAWL) - Previous Revision

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



Current Groups


  • Center for Expansion of Language & Thinking (CELT)
    Bloomington, IN
    Contact:  Jerome C. Harste
  • Louisville TAWL
    Louisville, KY
    Contact:  Kathy Whitmore


      • North Fork TAWL
        Mattituck, NY
        Contact:  David P. Schultz
    • Central Illinois TAWL
      Mahomet, IL
      Contact:  Deborah MacPhee



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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