Whole Language Umbrella

The Whole Language Umbrella (WLU), soon to be known by its new name, Literacies and Languages for All (LLA),  is a conference of the National Council of Teachers of English dedicated to a view of whole language as a dynamic philosophy of education.  LLA is made up of support groups and individual professionals around the world who are  interested in developing and implementing whole language in educational settings. LLA also publishes a journal, Talking Points, twice a year.

To find out more about LLA, including information about conferences, membership, and a beliefs statement, visit the website.

Whole Language Umbrella (LLA) Facebook Page

The 2019 WLU Literacies for All Summer Institute will be held in Normal, Illinois, July 10-12, 2020.   The theme of the conference is “Visions and Voices for the Future.” To register, make hotel reservations, and for more information, visit the WLU (LLA) site.

The 2017 WLU Summer Institute, was held in Tucson, AZ on the theme of “Global Literacies, Global Conversations: Celebrating Our Connections.” Featured keynote speakers included Marissa Moss, Curtis Acosta, Jewell Parker Rhodes, Deborah Rowe, and Perry Gilmore. Visit the WLU website for more information about next year’s Literacies for All Summer Institute, in Normal, Illinois.  The WLU makes a scholarship for registration at the Summer Institute available for a Tucson TAWL member.

The 2008 Whole Language Umbrella Literacies for All Summer Institute was held in Tucson, at the J. P. Marriott Starr Pass Resort, from July 17 – 20, 2008.  This exciting event brought together educators at all levels from across the United States, Canada, Australia, Latin America, Japan, and other countries.  Many of the speakers were names familiar to you.

At the 2009 Whole Language Umbrella Literacies for All Summer Institute, in Columbia, South Carolina, Caryl Crowell, Tucson TAWL member, was the recipient of the 2009 Service Award for her work on the 2008 WLU Conference and her commitment to Tucson TAWL and whole language teaching and learning. Caryl was awarded the 2014 Reclaiming the Joy of Teaching Award at the 2014 Literacies for All Summer Institute in Pasadena, CA.  Caryl Crowell served as WLU President and also on the NCTE Executive Committee from 2015-2017.