The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has content area specialists who hold informational meetings to give you the latest news in your field. The English Language Arts (ELA) department has set the following dates for the 2018-19 school year:

English Language Arts K-5th

  • 9/19/2018
  • 11/14/2018
  • 1/16/2019
  • 3/20/2019

English Language Arts 6th-12th

  • 9/20/2015
  • 11/15/2018
  • 1/17/2019
  • 3/21/2019

These session are great for administrators to attend and then share that information with their colleagues. Content, test questions, subject questions and so much more are discussed.

DESE’s Office of College and Career Readiness ELA specialists, Director Debbie Jameson and Assistant Director Lisa Scroggs, work with Missouri educators to provide information, resources, and workshops pertaining to ELA curriculum and assessment. Debbie’s background as an elementary teacher and reading recovery specialist and Lisa’s background as a high school English/journalism teacher and library media specialist provide strong coverage of ELA content knowledge. Contact Debbie at or 573-751-4898 or Lisa at or 573-751-8468 for more information.