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English Language Arts



It is going to be a wonderful summer full of professional development opportunities from writing Performance Level Descriptors, Standard Setting, and Item Writing to K-5 and 6-12 Professional Learning Series studying the new Missouri Learning Standards:  Grade-Level Expectations. Thank you for your interest in seeking out opportunities to grow as educators.

The crosswalks have arrived! Follow this link for additional details. 

We welcome Kim Stuckey Director Dyslexia Specialist to the Department. Follow this link for additional details.

Even though we miss Melia, we do wish her well in her new adventure.  Like my predecessor, my door is always open. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any ELA assessment and curriculum needs.  


Debbie Jameson
Director of English language arts
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The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Teacher Fellowship Program is designed to immerse participants in advanced historical and pedagogical issues relating to the Holocaust.  Join the program’s exclusive national corps of skilled teachers who serve as leaders in Holocaust education in their schools, communities, and professional organizations.  

 If you are a secondary school educator or community college professor who has been teaching about the Holocaust for at least five years, please consider applying.  For more information about the program, or to access to the online application, please see the attached PDF or visit this website.  



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Upcoming Conferences

Interesting in upping your educational game?  Attend a conference.  DESE maintains a conference site.  Check it out to see new opportunities.  Does your group/organization have a conference to offer?  Send me the information and I’ll add it to the site.

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​Missouri Learning Standards

Missouri Learning Standards

The 21st Century learner, more than any generation before, is challenged to more fully integrate literacy skills into all of his or her content skills.  From the earliest emergent reading skills, to the most advanced speaking activities, Missouri’s students will need to read, write, listen, speak and effectively use the vocabulary in every course they take, and in every endeavor they pursue.  In order for this to happen, we need to encourage attentive reading, both in informational texts and in literature—in print and digitally.  Students will need to write with purpose in all content areas and in all writing genre—narrative, argument, and explanatory.  When students habitually integrate literacy in a meaningful way, across their day, and across their academic experience, and indeed, across their lives, we will have met the educational promise that leads to life-long learners who look to literacy to enlarge their lives and enrich their experiences.



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