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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.

  • November 9 - http://tiny.cc/hf3imy
    The November Regroup will be paired with a 1.5 day intensive training on peer coaching. Those not attending the coaching session will participate in a round table discussion on various issues involving programming, curriculum, assessment and other issues TBA. The afternoon will have a presentation on the new science standards and assessment, a spotlight on NKC and their Go-To Strategies and a session where like-size districts can talk about their policies and procedures.
  • January 11http://tiny.cc/ri3imy
    The theme of the January regroup is portfolios, specifically using digital portfolios to support reclassification decisions. More Information TBA.
  • March 8http://tiny.cc/uk3imy
  • May 10 – Details coming soon. 

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:


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. 


ELD Coaching Initiative
Jefferson City
November 8-9

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, in collaboration with the Central Comprehensive Center (C3) out of the University of Oklahoma, is excited to announce the English Language Development (ELD) coaching initiative. The goal of the initiative is prepare ELD specialists to build capacity among colleagues to support English learners all day, in every subject area. This long-term project will feature a few consultants including Dr. Marcia Knoll and Dr. Rosie Garcia-Belina as well as virtual and in-person follow-ups. The first meeting is November 8-9 in Jefferson City.

Registration: http://tiny.cc/hf3imy

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