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English Language Development (ELD)

ELD Collaborative

The ELD Collaborative is a network of educators around the state who work together to solve the state’s formidable ELD challenges. The kick-off events for 2017-18 were held in Columbia on July 25 and 26. Topics are wide-ranging and although policies are frequently discussed, the sole focus of the group is to improve how ELs are supported and prepared for success after high school.  The work and learning of the group will continue during periodic “re-groups.” Each meeting will be held in Jefferson City on the dates below. Use the links to register. You will need to register for each workshop you plan to attend.

The group communicates primarily through an Edmodo site. To join, please contact Ryan Rumpf at ryan.rumpf@dese.mo.gov

I have a standing call for proposals to present at the ELD Collaborative Regroups. Presenters are able to be reimbursed for their expenses (conditions apply). If you are interested in presenting, please complete the following survey:


Engaging ELs in Science (WIDA)
Springfield, MO
September 21-22, 2017

This interactive two-day workshop offers teachers, coaches and administrators that support English learners time to delve into combining English Language Development Standards and Science Practices. In collaborative groups of educators, we will develop a common understanding of academic language in a science and engineering environment. After developing a common understanding of language expectations, we will explore strategies and supports that foster a language rich environment. Through hands-on experimentation and analysis of language embedded within the content and practices, participants will have a deeper understanding of how to engage language learners of a variety of proficiency levels. The workshop will conclude with participants applying the process to one of their lessons. Due to the cancelation of this workshop in May, there is no charge for this event.

Registration: http://tiny.cc/xhf8ly (Registration Closes September 7)
Registration Password: MOELD2017


Formative Language Assessment
St. Louis
October 11-12

This two-day workshop examines formative assessment practices designed to focus students' and teachers' attention on English language development within the context of general classroom instruction. By analyzing observable learning interactions, participants will develop (a) a deeper understanding of factors that shape academic language development and (b) strategies to foster students’ engagement with language learning in disciplinary practices. The FLA workshop is designed for general classroom teachers and English language specialists who share instructional responsibility for language learners. Ideally, these teachers and specialists are already engaged in collaborative practices which integrate language and content learning in their classrooms. Expertise in using the WIDA Standards Framework is needed for this workshop. Click here for registration. 


Scaffolding Language for Learning
Kansas City
November 15-16

WIDA believes learning is mediated through language and that attending to students' developing and evolving language must be done in the context of deep disciplinary learning. This two–day Scaffolding Workshop supports the core of WIDA's mission to provide equitable learning opportunities for culturally and linguistically diverse students. Workshop learning experiences will be interactive, scaffolded, and focused on expanding instructional practices that foster high challenge and high support learning opportunities for students.

Registration: http://tiny.cc/xwt0my