English Language Arts
ELA Update – SPRING 2016
Welcome English and World Language Educators,
With new standards/expectations, we are busily working behind the scenes to update materials. Expect to see a teacher-friendly crosswalks, glossaries, curriculum, and assessment documents on this site soon.
Many of you have heard about the Summer Professional Development Series. Follow this link for additional details.
Finally, at the end of May, Melia will leave the Department to pursue other endeavors. It has been a pleasure to work with you over the last four years. Please continue to contact Debbie with your ELA curriculum and assessment questions.
Assistant Director of English language arts
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.
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
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.