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English Language Arts

ELA Update – Fall 2015

Welcome English and World Language Educators,

Good News!  We have added an Assistant Director of English Language Arts to our DESE cadre of professionals.  Debbie Jameson joins us with over 30 years in the elementary classroom across all grades K-5. Her teaching experiences also include Title 1 English Language Arts, Reading Recovery Program, English Language Learners and Adjunct Professor for Reading and Writing.  Please join me in welcoming Debbie.  Now you have two friendly ELA faces to help you with your ELA needs!

There are new materials under the Resources Quick Links tab.  Please check them out. 

As always, if you have other needs, holler; I’m glad to help as I can.


Melia Franklin
Director of English language arts and World languages

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On Twitter @MeliaFranklin 

Debbie Jameson
Assistant 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.  




Lead with Languages video from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 


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Chances are your district is a MOREnet school—90% of Missouri’s schools are members.  Are you taking full advantage of the research resources they have to offer?  They have respected databases for all grade-levels and so much more.  Unfortunately, if we don’t use them, we’ll lose them. Contact them for on-site training information [email protected]

Doug Fisher and Nancy Frey

You may have had the good fortune to see Nancy present here in Missouri not too long ago.  If you did, you enjoyed a day of engaging professional development.  Did you know they have their own YouTube channel?  It’s an amazing resource for those of us who like to see teaching in action!  

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.

Reading and Writing Standards for History and Social Studies



​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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