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Central Regional Professional Development Center

University of Central Missouri
232 Foster-Knox
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 800.762.4146
Fax: 660.543.8245
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What is MELL?

Title 1-C and Title III programs of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 has been reorganized in Missouri to form the Migrant English Language Learners Program.

GOAL of the Program:

  • To help schools and school districts to correctly and in a timely manner identify and recruit migrant families who have recently moved into the area to seek work in agriculture.

  • To provide technical assistance to school districts which have students who do not speak English.

  • To provide ongoing professional learning to teachers working with students who qualify for a English Language Development program.

MELL is designed to provide districts with assistance to identify migrant families and provide support to students who have enrolled in school who do not speak English.


  • Provide training for screening of incoming English Language Learners

  • Provide training for the ACCESS test which meets the Federal Requirement for all schools that have students who qualify for an English Language Development program

  • Develops standards-based curriculum, model lessons, teaching strategies and provide on-site visits

  • Identifies local, state, and federal resources available to assist English Language Learners and migrant families

On staff is Becky Marrujo Smith, who is certified in the following areas:


  • Teachers as a Second Language, Master Degree

  • Sheltered Instructional Observational Protocol (SIOP)

  • World Wide Instruction Design and Assessment (WIDA)

For more information on MELL please visit the state MELL website or contact the MELL Specialists:

Becky Marrujo Smith
Instructional Specialist
(660) 543-8636


Robin Thompson
Identification Specialist
(660) 543-8636

For in-service opportunities offered through the MELL Program please visit the "workshops" link on the RPDC site.

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