English Language Arts is the study and development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening effectively–enabling people to learn, think and communicate clearly. Being literate gives people the ability to become informed, to inform others, and to make informed decisions (Meltzer, Smith, and Clark 2001). The proficient use of English Language Arts is essential to learning of any kind. The integration of reading, writing, speaking and listening provides the means for accessing knowledge, thinking deeply about concepts and ideas, recording ideas and communicating ideas with others. As students use their ever-increasing knowledge base for each content area, it is imperative that their English Language Arts skills develop as well.


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Cedar Falls Office

Name Title Email
Melissa Blohm Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Melissa Blohm
Teri Boezinger  Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Teri Boezinger
Kelsey Bowers Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Kelsey Bowers
Patty Foster Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Patty Foster
Tina Graven Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Tina Graven

Clear Lake Office

Name Title Email
Sue Longcor Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Sue Longcor
Barb Shafer Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Barb Shafer
Jan Williams Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Jan Williams

Marshalltown Office

Name Title Email
Shaelynn Farnsworth Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Shaelynn Farnsworth
Tami Huck Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Tami Huck
Lora Kester Consultant for Reading/Language Arts Lora Kester


Quick Links to ELA Information

Iowa Core.gov

Iowa Reading Research

International Literacy Association

U.S. Department of Education

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