Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking

CELT, founded in 1972, is a nonprofit educational corporation, international in scope, whose members believe in the principles of education for democracy with a focus on natural language learning and inquiry.  These principles are supported by beliefs in learners and learning, teachers and teaching, and language and curriculum.  The members of CELT are dedicated to the improvement of education through a greater understanding of the relationship between language, thought, and learning.

  CELT includes a rich diversity of people who share similar beliefs about language and learning but have widely varied background experiences.  CELT members are university educators, independent consultants, school administrators, and teachers.


It is with great excitement that I welcome you to the beginnings of our new CELT website.  I begin my welcome with enormous gratitude to Alan Flurkey and Ann Alexander who made decisions about design, created content (and sometimes re-created from our old site), and kept the process moving. 

My hope is that our new site will afford us the means to stay connected, share information more easily and quickly when we need it, and develop a repository of seminal documents and resources that we all value.

When I became CELT president three years ago, I stated my intention to help us "RECLAIM JOY" - to remember the joy that is our shared story.  We are joyful when we sit beside a child whose eyes widen as they discover something new about language, even if we've observed the same learning time and time again.  We are joyful when a novice teacher bursts into our offices talking a mile a minute about how what she read for class "came to life" right before her eyes. We are joyful when we hood our doctoral students - and see their names in print on their first publications. And we are exuberant when our collective voices are heard by families and policy makers and we participate in change.

In Reclaiming Reading (authored by CELT members), Rick Meyer and I called for cultivating a kind of joy that is nuanced by a broad spectrum of emotions and rooted in real-life issues and understanding.  We suggested that "acting upon our worlds in almost any way that seeks constructive and just ends is joyous work." 

Please browse through these initial pages and value the contributions of Jerry Harste's beautiful paintings, the FACT sheets authored by CELT members, and beginnings of a workable and useful website.  Be sure also to look at the Rejuvenation Conference materials and register!

We will let you know as our efforts continue to develop.


Kathy Whitmore, President

CELT home page watercolor by Jerry Harste