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Missouri Learning Standards - English Language Arts

English Language Arts Missouri Learning Standards Implementation Plan



Over the past year, a number of English language arts curriculum and assessment activities have been occurring in preparation for the implementation of the Missouri Learning Standards and related curriculum and assessment including:

Given these developments and changes, there are curricular changes that need to occur within the next two years related to the new Missouri Learning Standards. Currently, all districts should begin implementing the English language arts Missouri Learning Standards in all grades K – 12. In addition:

Contact Melia Franklin, Director of English Language Arts, if you have questions or need assistance at

Missouri Learning Standards - Certified Trainers

Certified Trainer Location
Donna Alexander Central
Kathy Lewman Central
Linda Shippy Central
Diane Audsley Heart Of Missouri
Jana Schmidt Heart Of Missouri
Jana Scott Heart Of Missouri
Jamie Thompson Heart Of Missouri
Phyllis Harris Kansas City
Angela Lefman Kansas City
Cathy Merrill-Miller Kansas City
Jaime Reitz Kansas City
Alicia Wallace Kansas City
Kathy Baum Northeast
Pam Carte Northeast
Kerri Greenwell Northeast
Debbie Jameson Northeast
Kathy Jackson Northeast
Lori Ladwig Northeast
Dana Melton Northeast
Julie Sheerman Northeast
Tori Grable Northwest
Debi Korell Northwest
Kelly Warren Northwest
Patty Wilmes Northwest
Liz Condray South Central
Christi Russell South Central
Ella Jean Keeney Southeast
Susan Hekmat Southeast
Carol Reimann Southeast
Jane Renner Southwest
Suzy Cutbirth Southwest
Kae Daugherty Southwest
Kathy Gray Southwest
Jana Loge Southwest
Jan Loving Southwest
Melissa Massey Southwest
Phyllis Cook St. Louis
Susan Dirnbeck St. Louis
Dana Humphrey St. Louis
Adrian LeBlanc St. Louis
Michelle Northington St. Louis
Stephanie True St. Louis
Melissa Ziegler St. Louis
Melia Franklin DESE

CCSS and GLEs/CLEs Crosswalk Alignment Analysis

These documents provide a comprehensive listing of all CCSS for ELA and their alignment to the GLEs/CLEs. Crosswalks have been compiled for grades K – 8 as well as high school. These documents will be useful in identifying content to be addressed in each grade or course in updating curriculum and preparing students for assessments aligned to the CCSS.

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ELA Missouri Learning Standards Webinar Series

Exploring the English Language Arts Model Curriculum Units

This four-part webinar series provides grade-band specific information to participants to explain the background of the English Language Arts Model Curriculum Projects, how to access the units, and how the units address the shifts that are outlined in the Missouri English Language ArtsMissouri Learning Standards.

English Language Arts Missouri Learning Standards: Three Major Shifts

This three-session webinar series provides information about the three major shifts that are outlined in the Missouri English Language Arts Missouri Learning Standards.  Each session includes a discussion of one of the shifts and implications for instruction.

Presentations and Videos

Introduction to Missouri Learning Standards

This presentation and accompanying video provide background information about the CCSS initiative, the implications for assessment and a broad overview of the ELA and mathematics CCSS.

Regional Meeting Information

  Handouts Videos
General Session
(42 minutes)


The ELA presentations and accompanying videos provide a look at the CCSS documents to develop and understanding of the contents, format and structure. Additionally, each video provides the process that was used in comparing the CCSS with current GLEs/CLEs in creating a crosswalk document that shows the similarities between the two documents. Finally, they include a discussion of the various ancillary documents, including the grade-band commonalities document that was provided to workshop participants.

English Language Arts

  Handouts Videos
(71 minutes)
ELA 3-5
(91 minutes)
ELA 6-8
(82 minutes)
ELA 9-12
(55 minutes)


Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects

  Handouts Videos


English Language Arts Missouri Learning Standards K-12

These posted materials are the Common Core English Language Arts materials and resources that were distributed at the English Language Arts Trainer-the-Trainer Session including information regarding:

  • Navigating the CCSS
  • Identifying commonalities and connections
  • Creating a CCSS toolbox
  • Identifying shifts in teaching and learning
  • CCSS vs. GLEs/CLEs: Examining differences
  • Suggestions for developing your implementation plan, identifying district roles and responsibilities, and determining future work

Transition Powerpoint and Handouts

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3


Grade-Span Commonalities

These documents identify the current GLEs/CLEs that align at the same grade or course level to the CCSS. (Updated 5/20/11)

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Additional Resources

Core Academic Standards: What Districts Can Do

This document provides suggestions as to the steps that districts can begin taking now regarding the implementation of the CCSS.

Hunt Insitute/CCSSO Video Series

To further aid states as they continue to implement the Common Core State Standards (Standards), the Hunt Institute and the Council of Chief State School Officers have commissioned a series of video vignettes that explain the Standards in far greater depth.

States, schools, districts and teachers can use these videos in a number of ways—including, but not limited to:

  • Start compelling conversations about setting state or district policy goals, orienting staff to new classroom demands, assessing professional development tools, and creating local curricula and instructional materials.
  • Help educators understand the major changes and advances in their state standards and their impact on what happens in classrooms.
  • Use as strong lead-ins to teacher and administrator engagement in implementation and in setting higher expectations for students.
  • Help parents understand the true essence of the Standards – why changes were important, what will be different in the educational experiences of their children, and how shared expectations—between parents and teachers—can help support children’s learning.
  • Galvanize support for schools – educating parents and community leaders toward a shared goal of helping all students succeed.

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