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English Learners

Mississippi’s English Learner (EL) population is growing rapidly, with the state now serving more than 12,100 identified EL students. In response to this growth, as well as requests from districts new to serving EL students, we are launching a series of recorded webinars designed to provide administrators, general education teachers, EL tutors and other educators with information on how to effectively serve this population.

For questions regarding EL services, as well as requests for on-site large or small-group professional development, please email Sandy Elliott at Check back often for new resources!


Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy

The purpose of the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy policy is to establish minimum criteria for Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in awarding Seals of Biliteracy.  For more information regarding the State Board Policy, Guidelines, and the process of awarding and recognizing students who are eligible to receive a Seal of Biliteracy, please visit the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy webpage.

English Learner Updates

Please submit your name and Mississippi school/district email to Subscribe to the EL Listserv.

LeighAnne Cheeseman

Assistant State Literacy Coordinator (K-3)/English Learner Coordinator (K-3)

Sandra Elliott

English Learner Student Intervention Support Specialist (Pre-K – 12)

Sharon Prestridge

EL Program Coordinator (Office of Student Assessment)