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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
[email protected]

The U.S. Department of State Announces
Scholarships for American High School
Students to Study Abroad


The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.   The application deadline for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-2017 programs is October 29, 2015. Visit www.nsliforyouth.org for more information. 

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers  merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.  Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project.  Applications for academic year 2016-17 programs are due December 1, 2015.  Visit www.yes-abroad.org for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for an academic year in Germany.  The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/.  Deadlines for U.S. applicants range from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016, depending on state of residency.

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit www.exchanges.state.gov or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges.   To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to [email protected].

For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student.  Learn more at http://hosting.state.gov 


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


Articles/Hot Topics/Research


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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