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.

The Beginnings and History
1972 to 2013

CELT'S Beginnings

For more years than I care to recount. I’ve been listed as the Historian for CELT. Mostly, this means that a host of the early papers, minutes, agendas, etc. were boxed and sent to me from various places (mostly Yetta’s file cabinet).

Out strong, vibrant organization is more than a quarter of a century old. And filled with young educators who have given it that strength and vibrancy. It occurred to me, that many of you do not know who or why CELT actually began. This, then, is a short narrative describing the inception of CELT.

What I hope to do, now that I’m retired (?), is to continue the history in a time-line format.                                                  

         Dorothy Menosky, Celt Historian
         Bloomington, Indiana, Nov. 1998

In the Beginning. . . 
In the early 1970’s as Ken Goodman’s first miscue grant studies (Goodman, K. and Burke, C., 1972) Theoretically based studies of patterns of miscues in oral reading performance. Washington, D.C.:  Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.) were being completed, and the original Miscueteers began to take positions away from Wayne State University, the Miscue Center, and Ken, there was a sense of loss.

No matter where we found ourselves at the University of Chicago, Indiana University or Jersey City State, no matter how exciting the new position was, it just “wasn’t the same.”  Our special community was breaking up.

There were still the remnants of SALE (Seminar in Applied Linguistics Education), a teacher, teacher education and graduate student study group that we participated in with Detroit area teachers and administrators and professors from southeastern Michigan universities. New branches of SALE were springing up, but it just “wasn’t the same.” Of course, there was still the Bean Pot Club. During a conference in Boston, some little pins resembling bean pots were purchased (by Dorothy Menosky), and worn daily to sustain our sense of community. Although they may deny it now, the Bean Pot Club members even invented a secret handshake. Still, it “wasn’t the same; it wasn’t enough.”

P. David Allen, Carolyn Burke, Ken Goodman, Yetta Goodman, Dorothy Menosky, William Page, and Barry Sherman, along with Rudine Sims, began discussing ways of officially incorporating, so they could continue doing research and consulting work together.

And so it came to be. . .
The Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking (CELT) was born. On September 21, 1972, the Articles of Incorporation (Non-Profit) were sent to Lansing, Michigan. The official purposes for the formation of the corporation were listed as:
            To engage in education development and research, to act in a consulting capacity for educational institutions and to perform educative and instructive services for educational institutions. However, this corporation will not operate a school, academy, Seminary, college, or other institutions of learning.

CELT’S first registered office was:
            204 Park Shelton Hotel, 15 E. Kirby
            Detroit, MI 48202  (Ken’s Miscue Research Office)

The first Board of Directors was made up of the following educators, researchers, Miscueteeers, and friends:
Kenneth S. Goodman  -  Michigan
Yetta M. Goodman  -  Michigan
Carolyn Burke  -  Indiana
William Page  -  Illinois
P. David Allen  -  Missouri
Dorothy Menosky  -  New Jersey
Barry Sherman  -  California

On October 13, 1972, the Michigan Department of Commerce certified the articles of incorporation for the Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking.

Discussion centered on a name that would not only be meaningful, with our purposes and intent in mind, but would also lend itself to becoming an acronym. Once it was decided to use Center for Expansion of Language and Thinking, (keep in mind Language and Thinking in Elementary School by E.B. Smith & K.S. Goodman) there was much more discussion about whether or not CELT should be pronounced with a /K/ or soft /S/ “C”. Although there is no evidence of why it happened, the soft “C” won out.

There are very few copies of the original, not-very-well understood, logo. It wasn’t around for long; we didn’t even wait until all the stationery was gone before looking for a new logo to represent CELT. This time, we decided to go for style, not significance.

The Winner:   

The arrow represented our movement forward as we stay unified. (Yetta and Ken’s niece Judith Brandt was our artist.)

The first official meeting of the Board of Directors of CELT was held on November 24, 1972. The meeting was called to order at 3:30 pm in the Holiday Inn, Minneapolis, MN, by Ken Goodman, who was serving as Acting President.

At that time, the total membership (all board of directors) had grown with the addition of Rudine Sims.

P. David Allen, elected Recording Secretary
Kenneth S. Goodman, elected President
Dorothy Menosky
Barry W. Sherman, elected Secretary-Treasurer
Carolyn Burke
Yetta M. Goodman
William D. Page
Rudine Sims

The major discussion at this first meeting centered on the types of membership CELT would offer, our by-laws, which were not yet written, and the creation of a brochure.

While we agreed that the annual National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Conference, held each November, would serve as a time and place for CELT’s annual meeting, we also agreed to have an annual spring meeting, which coincided with the International Reading Association (IRA) Conference.

The first spring meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order on April 6, 1973, at 10 pm, in the Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL, by Yetta Goodman, Vice President. We decided it was necessary to have a Vice President; Yetta Goodman was elected.

CELT’s membership had now grown to nine; Louise Jensen was our newest addition. At this meeting, we had our first Treasurer’s report. Barry Sherman reported that CELT had earned approximately $1000.00.  (Nearly all of these monies were generated by Ken Goodman and Louise Jensen.)

The by-laws were completed, accepted, and made ready for submission to the lawyer, who would apply for Celt’s tax exempt status. The Board voted to invite Gary Kilarr and Dorothy Watson to become members. These invitations were moved by Sherman, seconded by Menosky, and unanimously accepted.

On November 24, 1973, the second annual meeting of the Board of Directors was called to order at 9:15 am. in the Penn Center Hotel, Philadelphia, PA, by Ken Goodman, President.

Both Gary Kilarr and Dorothy Watson accepted membership into CELT, so we now had eleven members.

It should be noted, however, that Watson did not make it to this meeting because of “a flight cancellation.” The Board decided to extend membership invitations to Jayne DeLawter and Bruce Gutknecht.

Barry Sherman, Treasurer, reported that CELT now had an accumulation of something just under $5000.00, with $575.00 available for operating expenses.

Much of this meeting was spent making changes to the by-laws regarding membership, officer makeup and duties, and elections.

The first policy statements were generated in regard to membership, contracts and finances, and resources.

During “Other Business”, it was agreed:
            Minutes and approval slips would be sent to all members 15 days after the meeting.
            Dave Allen would set up an informal newsletter (forerunner to the Mail Pouch.)

During the 1974 IRA pre-convention, CELT would hold a training session to train itself to do better workshops. In addition, plans were made for a more concentrated workshop for our own professional development (forerunner to the CELT Rejuvenation Conferences) to be held at a later date.

November 24, 1973

  1. Membership in CELT should be regarded as a very special privilege, and we should be in no hurry to add new members to the organization.
  2. Whenever and wherever it is feasible, we should involve potential members in CELT activities.
  3. Our sources for membership should go beyond the limitations of those involved only in oral reading miscue research.
  4. Membership shall be excluded to those people who are currently in degree programs. This does not, however, preclude their involvement in CELT activities as stated in 1.2.
  5. Those people who are in some kind of a transitional setting, i.e., job change, in which focus is away from the aims of CELT should be considered very carefully before an invitation for membership is tendered.

The Spring meeting of 1974 was called to order on April 27, 1974, by Ken Goodman, President, at 10:10 am, in the Fairmont Hotel, New Orleans, LA.
CELT was now thirteen members strong:
P. David Allen, Secretary, Carolyn L. Burke, Jayne DeLawter (new), Kenneth S. Goodman, President, Yetta M. Goodman, Vice President, Bruce Gutknecht (new), Louise Jensen, Gary Kilarr, Vice President, Dorothy M. Menosky, William D. Page, Barry W. Sherman, Secretary-Treasurer, Rudine Sims, Dorothy Watson

Oops!  When the Non-Profit Corporation final report was filed for this year, the names of Yetta Goodman and Dorothy Watson were inadvertently dropped from the list of Directors. Although time has blurred the particulars, perhaps this is when Watson, despite what we know about her membership, decided she would henceforth be considered one of the “Founding Mothers” of CELT.

The Treasurer, Barry Sherman, reported that CELT now had a balance of $9644.00 and an overhead balance of $298.00. He also gave us our new tax-exempt number (23-7257661.) Note:  Despite the fact that we received the number in April, 1974, the date is officially listed on CELT’s first brochure as August 31, 1974.

Gary Kilarr, who headed CELT’s first on-going professional development pr

oject in Norfolk, VA, reported on the progress. Six members of CELT, and two non-members were involved. Evidently some hard learned lessons needed to be brought into focus. It was decided, based on the Norfolk project, that henceforth CELT would:

  1. Establish commitment on the part of our client. This includes administrators, supervisors, teachers, and anyone else who will be involved.
  2. Identify one person who will represent the client, and who will assume responsibility for organization and communication.
  3. Build in evaluative measures, not only for the client’s use, but for our own

In addition to the duties as stipulated in the CELT by-laws the Vice President would not be Program Coordinator.

Ken Goodman and Bill Page had finished writing a proposal to the National Institute of Education regarding middle grade comprehension and instructional programs.

The first sub-committee of CELT was formed. Allen, Page and Watson became a Recognition Committee, and were charged with formulating a recognition letter.

It was decided that CELT needed to formalize our operations by outlining the kinds of workshops we can make available.  Members were given the responsibility of writing an outline.

Outlines for the following titled workshops were developed in April 1974 and are still available in CELT archives at the University of Arizona. Titles and responsible members are below:

Understanding Reading (RMI for Teacher Training); Jensen

Observing and Interpreting Reading Performance; Diagnosing the Individual (RMI and other instruments); Page

Language in the Classroom:  The Interrelationship Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening; Allen

Using Literature and Written Expression to Expand Children’s Language; Sims

The Reader Who Speaks a Dialect of English Different from the Teacher’s While Learning to Read; Sims

The Reader for Whom English is a Second Language; Watson

Questioning Strategies and Comprehension: Reading in the Content Area; DeLawter

The Ineffective Adult Reader; Burke & Menosky

Role of Secondary and Community College Teachers in the Teaching of Reading; Burke & Menosky

Organizing for a Language Expanding Curriculum; K. Goodman

Developing Strategies for Teaching Reading; Watson           

Mid-Career Development in Language Arts and Reading: A Workshop for Teacher Educators; Allen

Language Acquisition; Y. Goodman & Jensen

On November 23, 1974, CELT found itself once again in New Orleans. The annual Board of Directors meeting was called to order at 9:30 am in the Dauphine Orleans Motel, by Ken Goodman, President. Barbara Green was invited to join CELT, and did so at this meeting.

Our membership had now reached fourteen. Proposed and invited new members: Ken Carlson, Lee Jensen (upon completion of his degree requirements), Pat Rigg, Jim Tortelli, (two others who shall remain nameless, were proposed, but not invited. A first for CELT.)

Ken Goodman reported that CELT had been awarded a NIE Grant of $36,000 for the development of a paradigm of reading instruction for the purpose of evaluating reading programs for the middle grades with emphasis on comprehension.

Two professional development contracts had been obtained with the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA.)

Dave Allen and Dorothy Watson had completed the major portion of editing the Wayne Studies, and were looking into publication.

CELT now had a telephone credit card. The number:  871-5341-083-Z.  Note:  Hold that dialing finger. The card and number are no longer in existence.

The remainder of the day, Saturday, and all of the next day, Sunday, was spent on internal learning engagements. The focus was on workshop materials and methods.

While we were steadily growing, and now had a membership of seventeen, this was still a small enough number for CELT to hold the May 16, 1975 annual Board of Directors meeting at Dorothy Menosky’s home in Bayonne, New Jersey. The meeting was called to order by Ken Goodman, President, at 1:30 PM.

While those in attendance spread their papers and notebooks over the furniture and across the carpet, Dorothy M. spent much of her time chauffeuring to and from the Newark Airport. Consequently, Dorothy’s dog, Rhoda, took the opportunity to relieve herself on Carolyn Burke’s carefully arranged papers. There is still some question about whether or not Rhoda was making a statement.

Evanston, IL:  Model Reading Program Proposal, including the RMI, and possibly involving Burke’s Indiana University students. Headed by Page.

Minneapolis, MN:  Two day professional development project conducted for key school personnel by K. Goodman, Burke, and Allen. Laura Smith, Diane Tetter, and John Stansall were also involved, and each was paid $50.00 plus expenses. © 1974-1975

Arizona and New Mexico:  Three workshops for the BIA on the Navajo Reservation. School personnel/supervisors were Civil Service. Those involved were Burke, Y. Goodman, Rigg, and Watson.   

Toronto:  Two three-day workshops for disseminators and an all-day session for 350 teachers. This was headed by Y. Goodman.  The entire Miscue staff was involved and paid a token stipend along with expenses.

Hawaii:  Plans were made for our first Hawaii workshop. Watson and Sims would do a one week workshop for Title I teachers during August of this year (1975).

Note:  Remember the lessons learned from the Norfolk project?

Results of the BIA workshops brought forth the following resolution:

CELT needs to improve their negotiations in regard to financial and programmatic arrangements.  Further, CELT must weigh its possible impact against projected results before agreeing to serve particular agencies.”


“All CELT members should receive a copy of all CELT reports.”  Sherman/Page. Carried with one opposed.

The Treasurer reported that CELT has approximately $17,000.

Ken and Yetta Goodman move to faculty positions at the University of Arizona in 1975.

A forerunner:  It was suggested that a conference on Miscue Analysis be held during Christmas week, 1975. The proposed site was Tucson, since Ken and Yetta had relocated to that city, and the University of Arizona. 

This history and chronology honors the contributions of founding mother, Dorothy Menosky.

Yetta Goodman worked with Dorothy Menosky to write the early history of CELT (1997-2002) and listed the following chronology History of CELT (2005-2013) with Marie Ruiz.


The information on these pages lists CELT History chronologically.  The first section lists organizational moments. The next section includes funded and unfunded grants mostly written by CELT members. A chronology of CELT professional development projects is the third section. The fourth section lists publication projects written and edited by CELT members.   

A list of CELT rejuvenation conferences is listed in the last section. Historical materials related to the chronological activities are part of the Goodman Archives in the Library at the University of Arizona. CELT Narrative History is also on the website:  www.celtlink.org

Chronology of Organizational Activities

The list that follows includes dates related to organizational work in CELT. These dates were selected as important moments of shifts of organizational structures.


  • CELT began - Articles of incorporation sent to Lansing, MI
  • First Articles of incorporation, October 13, 1972
  • CELT office:  204 Park Shelton Hotel, Detroit, MI 4820
  • First Board of Director’s Meeting, November, Minneapolis, MN


  • Spring meeting of Board of Directors, April, Chicago, IL
  • First Membership Policy, November, NCTE Conf., Philadelphia, PA


  • First CELT Library – David Allen Memorial Library, Columbia, MO Dec., 1996-99
  • Celt put out a newsletter called “Get a Grip” or (A Spritzer for Celtzers)

1980 (circa)      

  • Adoption of the CELT logo (include copy)


  • Developing guidelines for the Barry Sherman Memorial Fund    
  • Committee Members: D. Deford, Chair, Jayne DeLawter, John Stansell, Jo Ellen Taylor)   
  • CELT dues - $25.00 per year


  • CELT Newsletters


  • CELT Southwest Regional Meeting


  • CELT - Development of Position Statement on Language Development of CELT fact sheets, crisis hotline, Carol Edelsky, 602-929-0929; Pat Rigg, Connie Weaver


  • CELT Mailpouch began, Ann (Marek) Alexander (Mailings); Karen Feathers and Jane White (Eds.)          


  • CELT @ NCTE, Chicago, IL


  • CELT @ NCTE, Detroit, MI


  • CELT @ NCTE, Nashville, TN


  • CELT History Compiled by D. Menosky, K. Goodman and Y. Goodman


  • CELT @ NCTE, Denver, CO


  • 30 Year Celebration covering 70s, 80s, 90s, 2000 and counting, Nov. 23, 2002 @ NCTE


  • CELT Email Discussion on the term Whole Language


  • November, CELT Board Mtg at NCTE Conference in Philadelphia, PA


  • November, CELT Board Mtg at NCTE Conference in Denver, CO


  • July, CELT Board Mtg. at WLU in Las Vegas, NV


  • November, CELT Board Mtg. at NCTE Conference in Chicago, IL


  • July, CELT Board Mtg at WLU


  • November, CELT Board Mtg. at NCTE Conference in 


  • July, CELT Board Mtg. at Rejuv Conference in Wading River, NY


  • November, CELT Board Mg. at NCTE Conference in Boston, MA

GRANTS (funded and unfunded)
The Principle Investigators were individual CELT members but included other CELT members.

Over the years CELT members often wrote proposals for funding to governmental and private agencies.  The grants listed here involved more than one CELT member.  Some were funded and others were not.  They represent the collaborative nature of CELT members throughout its history.

Ken’s initial grants Theoretically based studies of miscues in oral reading performances, NIE Funded (Final Report, April 1973):  Reading of American children whose language is a stable rural dialect of English or a language other than English, NIE Funded (Final Report, August, 1978)

Reading Comprehension in the middle grades 4-6 - Goodman, Page, Lindberg and other Celt members - NIE Funded

CELT NIE Grant Application Yetta Goodman and Vivian Cox - A Study of the Development of Literacy in Preschool Children  - Not Funded

Experimental Program for Opportunities in Advanced Study and Research in Education Yetta M. Goodman, Project Director - Not funded

CELT NIE Grant Proposal - Jerome Harste and John Ryan - Initial Encounters with Print: The Pragmatics of Written Language Use and Learning  - Not Funded

CELT Center for the Study of Reading research grant, Goodman and Harste - Not funded

San Francisco Unified School District, Provide whole language curriculum and                                instruction, professional development and other support services to SFUSD professional staff - Barbara Flores and Ken Goodman as well as Celt members as consultants - Funded

(PD=Professional Development; C=Conference; E=Evaluation)

Professional Development in many guises has been a trade mark of the work of CELT members.  The following list gives some insight into the collaborative nature of CELT’s influences on school districts, universities, professional organizations and teachers groups. The information shows the growth of whole language in response to CELT’s continuous support of teachers and school districts. The funding for these projects was kept and disseminated by the CELT treasurer.

PD -  Lukachukai  School, Title I Project:  Use of Reading Inventory, How to stimulate Reading Strategies with Language Arts Teachers and Professors Grades K-6

PD - Norfolk City Schools, Norfolk, Virginia Gary Kilarr, June Curry, Barbara Green, Bill Page, Coordinators

Development of Workshop outlines for CELT by members

C - May 2, Marriott Hotel, New Orleans California Regional planning committee, Ken and Yetta Goodman

PD - Workshop in Toronto, CA for 350 teachers, Yetta Goodman and  Miscue Staff

C - Hawaii, Ken and Yetta Goodman

PD - Minneapolis Public Schools, Ken Goodman, Carolyn Burke

1975, 1977-79
PD - Chinle, AZ and New Mexico (BIA), Yetta Goodman, Carolyn Burke, Pat Rigg, Dorothy Watson

PD - Reston, Virginia - George Mason University & Virginia  Polytechnic Institute and State University,  Barbara Green, Gary Kilaar, Bill Page,  Dorothy Watson, Louise Jenson, Barry Sherman, Dorothy Menosky 

C - SUNY-Albany co-sponsored by SUNY Albany and CASDA , Pat Rigg Capital Area School Development with Ken and Yetta Goodman.  Reading Comprehension:  A redundant phrase. Pat Rigg, Barbara Green, Dorothy Menosky, Rudine Sims Bishop

E - Submitted a proposal to evaluate the Reading Program in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Ken and Yetta Goodman, Rudine Sims Bishop, Jerry Harste   

Proposal for Capistrano Beach School District - Inservice for Administrators and Teachers, Hugh Glen, Coordinator

E - Window Rock, AZ  - Wingate School Evaluation Proposal for L.A.

Learning Experience High School,  Newark, NJ

C - May 29 - June 1, 1979, Major speakers: Janet Emig and Donald Graves.   

PD - Conference, Bisbee, AZ - Bisbee Project with Ed Czuppa, Carroll Mosely, Bob Welton, Ken Goodman, Lois Bird

PD - Indian Oasis School District, Sells, AZ

PD - Chinle – Proposal for a Center for Professional Development

PD -  Center Discussion - Jerry Harste, Ken Goodman, Lois Bird (Never Completed)

CELT members worked collaboratively and were engaged in a number of publications.  The references for the books are included in the list.  The book to honor Brooks Smith involved vision and discussions but was not completed.

Watson, Dorothy & Allen, Paul David (Eds.) Findings of Research in Miscue Analysis: Classroom Implications

Whitmore, Kathryn & Goodman, Y. (Eds.), Whole Language Voices in Teacher Education: Practicing What We Teach, York, ME: Stenhouse Publishers and Urbana, IL: NCTE.

Honoring E. Brooks Smith - Email discussion (Feb & March) (Y. Goodman, Connie Weaver, Richard Meyer, Diane Stephens, Wendy Kasten, Bess Altwerger, Peter Fries, Carmen Mercado, Pam Perkins, Kathy Short, Dorothy Watson, Virginia Pierce, Karen Feathers.)                      

Meyer, Richard J. & Whitmore, Kathryn F. (Eds.)  Reclaiming Reading: Teachers, Students and Researchers Regaining Spaces for Thinking and Action. New York: Routledge.

Meyer, Richard J. & Whitmore, Kathryn F. (Eds.) Reclaiming Writing: Composing Spaces for Identities, Relationships, and Action, New York: Routledge.

In addition to Professional Development for others being a major focus of CELT’s work, it has also worked on professional development for all of CELT’s members. CELT has put on conferences that were venues for rejuvenation which led to the name Rejuvenation Conferences.  Many of them were held in the United States every two years.  Sometimes when a large number of CELT members were going overseas for a conference and at the same time local educators related to CELT invited participation in a conference just for the CELT community, we had international rejuvenation CELT conferences. There were regional rejuvenation conferences in the U.S.

1976 (Circa)
Sept. 1-2, 1976. Goodman home, Tucson.

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Major speakers: W. Kintsch and C. Frederickson.

University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. Theme: Writing. Major speaker: Janet Emig.

June 4-7, 1980.  University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Major speakers:  Michael Halliday, Ruqaiya Hasan.

Boulder, CO. Theme: Freddie Miller, with Sandra Wilde, Sherry Vaughan and Myna Matlin.

May, College Station, TX. Major speakers: Shirley Brice Heath and Harold Rosen.

Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.  Theme: On the Nature of Narrative, Major speakers: Harold Rosen, Michael Apple. Organizers: Ken Goodman, Bonnie Chambers, Robert Carey

Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.  Theme: Miscue Update - Detroit Revisited In memory of Bill Page. Major speakers: Celt members, students and colleagues. Co-sponsored by Wayne State University.

June 13-17, 1985. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Major Speakers: Michael Halliday, Erik Schwimmer, Robert de Beaugrand, Itamar Even-Zohar, Girard Deledalle, Aaron Cicourel, John Deely, Charles Suhor,  Michael Herzfeld.

July 14-18, 1986. University of London, Windsor Park.  Language and Literacy Conference by CELT and the University of  London at Cumberland Lodge. Major speakers: Margaret Spencer, Harold Rosen, Ken Goodman.

May 28-31, 1987.  Las Palomas de Taos Convention Center in the Mabel Luhan Dodge home, Taos, NM. Major speakers: Henry Giroux, Peter McLaran, Luis Moll.

CELT Conference – IRA World Congress on the Gold Coast near Brisbane, Contact:  Peter Rousch.

May 28-31, 1989. Assilomar, Pacific Grove, CA. Major speakers: Michael Torbe and Margaret Spencer (Whole Language Voices). Organizers: Bonnie and David Freeman,

June 8-11, 1991. Mt. Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Theme: Literacy, Gender and Schooling: Issues, Inequalities and Directions.  Organizer: Mary Hill.                

June 24-27, 1993. Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton, IL. Theme: How to make teaching and school more self-consciously political. Major speakers: Linda Christianson and Roger Simon. Organizers: Carol Edelsky, Patrick Shannon.

July 24-25, 1995.  Wayne State University, Windsor/Detroit, MI.

Wollongong, NSW Australia. Hosts: Brian Cambourne and Jan Turbill.

Seaside, OR. Major speakers: James Sperlan on Queer Theory and Violet Harris on Multicultural Children's Literature. Organizers: Sandra Wilde, Roxanne Henkin.

April. Washington, DC. Theme: A National Summit Conference on Public Education. Organizers: Ellen Brinkley, Connie Weaver.

June 12-19, 1999. Inside Passage Princess Cruise, Vancouver, BC.  Theme: Tlingit stories of the creation of Glacier Bay. Major speakers: Fr. Michael and Richard and Nora Dauenhauer, Tlingit linguists. Organizer: Virginia Juettner.

WI north of Chicago. Major speakers: James Gee and Joel Spring.

Pere Marquette, Grafton, IL Theme: Learning from each other. Presenters - Gerald Coles, Ruth Davenport, Jerry Harste. Organizer: Rick Meyer.

San Diego, CA. Theme: Retreat. Organizer: Rick Meyer.

July 15-17, 2007. Wooded Glen Retreat and Conference Center, Southern Indiana.  Theme: Theoretical Issues of Early and Critical Literacy. Organizer: Prisca Martens.

July 24, 2008. Mini Rejuvenation at the home of Ken and Yetta Goodman, Tucson, AZ.

South Carolina. Major speaker: Cynthia Lewis. Organizer: Ann Alexander.

Wading River, NY. Theme: Critical literacy. Major speaker: Hilary Janks. Organizers: Kathy Whitmore, Nita Schmidt.


1974-1977     Ken Goodman
1976-1979    Yetta Goodman
1980                 Barry Sherman
1981-1984     Dorothy Watson
1985-1987     Rudine Sims Bishop
1987-1989     Mary Hill
1990-1993    Dorothy F. King
1995-2001    Wendy Kasten (2 terms)
2001-2004   Virginia Juetner
2005-2008  Rick Meyer
2008-2011   Ann Alexander
2011-2016    Kathy Whitmore (2 terms)

Vice Presidents
2005-2008 Prisca Martens
2008-2011   Bess Altwerger
2011-2013    Nita Schmidt
2013-2016   Alan Flurkey  

 Treasurers of CELT 
1974-1976  Barry Sherman
1977-1985  Ken Goodman
1986-Present Jerry Harste
2016-???? Ann Alexander             

CELT Committees over time
Brochure, Historian, Hotline, Mail pouch, Membership, Memorial Committees for various friends:  Barry Sherman, Blackwell/Page Fund;  Listserv, Proactivity, Parliamentarian, Political Issues, Program, Professional Development, Publications, Reading Miscue Research, Rejuvenation, Sunshine, Technology, WLU liaison, Communications

CELT MEMBERS IN MEMORIUM: Teachers, Researchers, Friends
William Page, Storrs, CN
Barry Sherman, Sebastapol, CA, 1981
Kathy O’Brien, San Bernardino, CA
James Tortelli, Detroit, MI
William Curtis, CO.
P. David Allen, Kansas City, MO
Pat Jenkins, Columbia, MO
Bonnie Chambers, Bowling Green, OH
Pat Cousin, Indianapolis, IN
John Woodley, Park Forest, IL
Robert Carey, Providence, RI
Sherry Vaughan, Vancouver, WA, 2003
Jennifer Wilson, Columbia, SC, 2011
Dorothy Menosky, Bloomington, IN 2012
Marge Knox, Tucson, AZ, 2013
Mary Ann Manning, Birmingham, AL, 2013



CELT home page watercolor by Jerry Harste