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English Language Arts

Getting Ready for ‘Back to School’ 2016 –


I love this time of year!  New notebooks, pencils and every type of marker you would ever want or need lining the aisles. I could browse forever!  I know my adult children are ready for some new school supplies!

Speaking of new…we have a new face at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. I am excited to introduce Lisa Scroggs as our Assistant Director of ELA.

“Having recently retired after 31 years as an educator (24 years teaching English and journalism and 7 years working as a library media specialist), I am happy to continue serving in the field of education as DESE’s new Assistant Director of Curriculum for English Language Arts. I look forward to assisting Missouri’s educators in their efforts to ensure that our students have every opportunity possible to achieve and grow in learning.”  Lisa Scroggs.

Feel free to contact Lisa or myself anytime to serve your ELA needs.

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Debbie and Lisa

Debbie Jameson
Director of English language arts
[email protected]

Lisa Scroggs
Assistant Director of English language arts
[email protected]

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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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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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