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.


We are at a pivotal time in CELT’s history—as an organization and as a contributor to the status of literacy education research and practice in the US and elsewhere in the world. Brian Cambourne is convinced that unless we learn how to use framing theory with the same skill as our adversaries we’ll never reclaim the ground we once held.


This REJUV, we will work to

Reclaim our rich history and to

Reframe our future.


Our time together will be spent documenting the stories that bind us as a professional thought collective and family, and beginning a two-stage reframing conversation that will continue at LRA in December, 2016. Brian and others will guide our way.  All members will contribute to the program.

Kathy Whitmore & Alan Flurkey

CELT home page watercolor by Jerry Harste