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.

For further information about CELT, please contact us at:

100 Heritage Road
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
(812) 856-8276 (phone);  
(812) 856-8287 (FAX)

Board Officers

Kathryn F. WhitmorePresident  Louisville, Kentucky
Alan Flurkey, 
Vice President  Hempstead, New York
Carol Gilles, 
Secretary  Columbia, Missouri
Jerome C. HarsteTreasurer  Bloomington, Indiana

Ann Alexander, Past President  
Carson City, Nevada


Website Inquiries

Alan Flurkey, Hempstead, New York

CELT home page watercolor by Jerry Harste