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English Language Development (ELD)

Upcoming Professional Development

For information on the ELD Collaborative contact Cammy Goucher at cammy.goucher@dese.mo.gov

ELD Collaborative Meetings for 2019-2020

November 5, 2019
Governor Office Building
Room 315
200 Madison St.
Jefferson City
9:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


In an effort to expand upon and build from state and local content standards, our lens will focus on how we equip English learners with the language they need for all aspects of the academic day. There is a need to evolve beyond the limited notion of ‘sheltering’ instruction and to consider how we integrate ELD into content instruction so students learn the language needed for subject-matter demands.  With this in mind, our ELD collaboratives this year will focus on integrating English Language Development into the content areas. Our first collaborative will provide lesson examples and strategies that may be used in a content or ESL/ELD classroom. Please bring a content lesson with you to work on in the afternoon.

January 8, 2020
Hawthorn Bank
3701 W. Truman Blvd.
Jefferson City
9:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


As we work to integrate ELD into content areas, we want to emphasize that language learning is more than echoing vocabulary and language patterns from subject-matter classes. This session will focus on project-based learning (PBL) as a means to facilitate collaborative learning. PBL gives students an opportunity to dive deep into a topic and really spend time with it. Students also get to practice their language skills in a variety of ways such as listening to and watching videos, reading articles, and talking about and writing their own content.  Our focus is to build proficiency along a continuum from emerging to expanding to bridging.

March 4, 2020
Hawthorn Bank
3701 W. Truman Blvd.
Jefferson City
9:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M.


We will continue our focus on integrating ELD into content areas at this collaborative by highlighting some successful programs/activities from throughout the state. If your schools have successfully integrated ELD into the content areas this year, we would love for you to bring examples to share. We hope to end this session with several ideas for you to add to your toolbox.

May 2020
Dates, times and registration to be announced.

Telling Your EL Data Story

This workshop will guide participants in using ACCESS data to fully understand how ELs are doing in individual buildings and across the district. Participants will understand how to evaluate growth. We will also discuss the EL Indicator; the portion of the Missouri’s ESSA plan that includes ELs. Importantly, participants will see data that clearly shows the powerful effect language has on academic achievement for all students. The workshop is intended for EL Coordinators, EL teachers, and any administrator concerned with and wants to improve the academic performance of ELs.

A Focus on English Learners – The Federal Programs Pre-Conference

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Registration Brochure


To make a room reservation for the nights of September 14, 15 or 16 telephone Tan-Tar-A Conference Center at 1-800-826-8272 or visit HERE.  The group log in code is FEDE.  The standard two-bed room rate is $99.90 per night inclusive rate with a tax exemption letter.  The deadline for making your hotel room reservation is August 17, 2019.