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English Language Development (ELD)

English Language Development

ELD instruction is designed specifically to advance English learners' knowledge and use of English in increasingly sophisticated ways. In the context of the larger effort to help English learners succeed in school, ELD instruction is designed to help them learn and acquire English to a level of proficiency that maximizes their capacity to engage successfully in academic studies taught in English. Although there might be multiple goals for ELD instruction—engaging in social interactions inside and outside of school and in other pursuits requiring English proficiency (e.g., obtaining news, serving as a juror, voting, shopping, banking, and locating and using information)—we would argue that preparation for academic studies taught in English remains the top priority because of its relevance to school and career success. Helping ELs succeed in academic contexts is no doubt the most challenging goal and most likely the greatest need to emerge in recent English learner research.

ELD Collaborative meetings are currently on hold. More information to come.

Coming Soon

The MELL program is designed to use existing resources to better serve English Learners (EL) and migrant students in Missouri public schools. The regional Migrant and English Language Learner (MELL) instructional specialists help districts with the following topics

  • Title I-C and Title III funds
  • Professional development opportunities
  • EL/Migrant identification
  • Building capacity in educational programs and strategies
  • Assistance to LEAs in enhancing English language proficiency and academic achievement of ELs
  • Additional EL topics
CONTACT PHONE EMAIL
Region 1 - Guadalupe Magana
Counties served
Andrew,Atchison, Buchanan, Caldwell, Carroll, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Daviess, DeKalb, Gentry, Grundy, Harrison, Henry, Holt, Lafayette, Jackson, Johnson, Livingston, Mercer, Nodaway, Platte, Ray, Worth
816-235-8844 maganag@umkc.edu
Region 2 - Dr. Cynthia Chasteen
Counties served
Adair, Audrain, Benton, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Chariton, Clark, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Knox, Lewis, Linn, Macon, Maries, Marion, Miller, Moniteau, Monroe, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, Putnam, Ralls, Randolph, Saline, Scotland, Schuyler, Shelby, Sullivan
573-882-5763 chasteenc@missouri.edu
Region 3 - Robert Greenhaw
Counties served
Franklin, Gasconade, Jefferson, Lincoln, Montgomery, Pike, St. Charles, St. Louis, Warren 
314-692-1256 rgreenhaw@edplus.org
Region 4 - Merica Clinkenbeard
Counties served
Barry, Barton, Bates, Cedar, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Hickory, Howell, Jasper, Laclede, Lawrence, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Polk, Pulaski, St. Clair, Stone, Taney, Texas, Vernon, Webster, Wright
417-836-4093 mclinkenbeard@missouristate.edu
Region 5 - Julie Antill
Counties served
Bollinger, Butler, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Crawford, Dent, Dunklin, Iron, Madison, Mississippi, New Madrid, Oregon, Pemiscot, Perry, Phelps, Reynolds, Ripley, Scott, Shannon, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Stoddard, Washington, Wayne
573-986-6794 jantill@semo.edu
Shawn Cockrum - Director of MELL, Title III, Migrant 573-751-8280 shawn.cockrum@dese.mo.gov
Cammy Goucher - ELD Curriculum Director
EL Instruction, building capacity in educational programs and strategies, assistance to LEAs in enhancing English language proficiency and academic achievement of ELs
573-751-3926 cammy.goucher@dese.mo.gov
Drew Linkon - Assistant Director of Assessment
DESE Assessment
573-751-8285 drew.linkon@dese.mo.gov
Yaya Badji - Supervisor - EL, Immigrant & Refugee 816-235-6157 yaya.badji@dese.mo.gov

WIDA eWorkshops

Missouri Educators are still able to sign-up and participate in the six on-demand WIDA eWorkshops which are available from Sept. 1, 2019 – Aug. 31, 2020. The eWorkshops are NOT just for ELD teachers; workshops include relevant content for school leaders, coaches and facilitators, K-12 classroom teachers, ESL teachers and specialists, and professional learning communities.

A description of the six workshops may be found at this link: https://wida.wisc.edu/grow/us-based-pl/elearning/self-paced

To facilitate and direct participation in the eWorkshops; educators are invited to join a discussion group hosted on Twitter by #MellMissouri. To participate you will need to complete/be near completing the workshop prior to the discussion date.

Dates for discussion are as follows:

Date/Time Title Audience
March 26th at 7:00pm Developing Language for Learning in Mathematics Educators who teach mathematics or support English language development in mathematics
April 9th at 7:00pm Using the WIDA Writing Rubric

Classroom and ESL teachers for Grades 1-12

Effective programs for LEP students will take into account the influence and development of the native language.

Definitions of Instructional Program Models (January 2015)

English Learner Definition


English Learner Definition

English Learner (EL) is an individual:

(1) who is age 3 through 21;

(2) who is enrolled or preparing to enroll in an elementary school or secondary school;

(3)(A) who was not born in the United States or whose native language is a language other than English;

(B) who is Native American or Alaska Native or a native resident of the outlying areas; who comes from an environment where a language other than English has had a significant impact on the individual’s level of English language proficiency;

(C) who is migratory, whose native language is a language other than English and who comes from an environment where a language other than English is dominant;

(4) whose difficulties in speaking, reading, writing or understanding the English language may be sufficient to deny the individual;

(A) the ability the to meet the challenging State academic standards;

(B) the ability to successfully achieve in classrooms where the language of instruction is English; or

(C) the opportunity to participate fully in society.

 
Migrant Definition


Migratory Child

MIGRATORY AGRICULTURAL WORKER — means an individual who made a qualifying move in the preceding 36 months and, after doing so, engaged in new temporary or seasonal employment or personal subsistence in agriculture, which may be dairy work or the initial processing of raw agricultural products.

If an individual did not engage in such new employment soon after a qualifying move, such individual may be considered a migratory agricultural worker if the individual actively sought such new employment and has a recent history of moves for temporary or seasonal agricultural employment.

MIGRATORY CHILD — The term ‘migratory child’ means a child or youth who made a qualifying move in the preceding 36 months —
     (A) as a migratory agricultural worker or a migratory fisher; or
     (B) with, or to join, a parent or spouse who is a migratory agricultural worker or a migratory fisher.

MIGRATORY FISHER — The term ‘migratory fisher’ means an individual who made a qualifying move in the preceding 36 months and, after doing so, engaged in new temporary or seasonal employment or personal subsistence in fishing.  If the individual did not engage in such new employment soon after the move, the individual may be considered a migratory fisher if the individual actively sought such new employment and has a recent history of moves for temporary or seasonal fishing employment.

Immigrant Definition


Immigrant


Immigrant Children and Youth are individuals:

(1) who are ages 3 through 21;
(2) who were not born in any State; and
(3) who have not been attending one or more schools in any one or more states for more than three full academic years.