Weekly Facts 2003-2004

April 21, 2004 Weekly Facts

April 21, 2004

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Events on the ELL Calendar for this Week

These events for the next week are listed below are detailed in the ELL calendar. All other ELL events that have been scheduled are also listed in the ELL Calendar in the same location.

Apr 21, 2004 4:30 PM

Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

Apr 22, 2004

Districtwide Multicultural Celebration

Apr 24, 2004 8:00 AM

ELL Writer's Workshop Level 1 for ELL Teachers (K-6)

Apr 26, 2004 3:30 PM


Apr 28, 2004 3:15 PM

Islamic Culture in Minnesota

Apr 28, 2004 4:30 PM

Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

Graphics and Pictures on the Web for Language Teachers!

The Language Teaching Clipart Library of the University of Victoria consists of about 3000 images that can be used for the teaching of basic vocabulary in a variety of languages. Its purpose is to provide a set of those graphics most basic and useful for low-level language-teaching and, at the same time, to make them as easily searchable as possible.

To view the library objects, visit: http://web.uvic.ca/hcmc/clipart/

More line-art drawings for FL teachers can be seen at: http://www.sla.purdue.edu/academic/fll/JapanProj/FLClipart/default.html


Under the No Child Left Behind Act, teachers must be “highly qualified” to teach core academic subjects.

Paraprofessionals who are assisting in classroom activities must meet the definition of “highly qualified” by January, 2006.

Recent Developments

  • 96% of Saint Paul Public Schools teachers are considered to be highly qualified. The remaining 4% are primarily individuals working out of licensure scope in Special Education assignments or in Math or Science assignments.
  • 56% of Educational Assistants meet the definition of “highly qualified”. 44% of Teaching Assistants meet the definition of “highly qualified”.
  • Began offering state approved test for paraprofessionals who do not meet the definition of “highly qualified” under NCLB.
  • Began offering tutoring and test preparation assistance through Hubbs Center for paraprofessionals who do not meet the definition of “highly qualified”.
  • Purchased Para Pro study guides for paraprofessionals to borrow and review to assist in test preparation.
  • Developed cooperative relationship with St. Paul College and Century College to offer Associates of Arts degrees to current Saint Paul Public Schools paraprofessionals.  The curriculum focuses on Early Childhood education.
  • Continue to offer tutoring and test assistance for Pre- Professional Skills Test through the Federation of Teachers and the Hubbs Center.  Purchased PPST test preparation manuals for individuals to borrow and review.

    Next Steps

  • Ensure that teachers who do not meet “highly qualified” status are pursuing full licensure for their assignment.
  • Continue to offer tutoring and testing for paraprofessionals
  • Continue to work with colleges to offer 2 year degrees for paraprofessionals
  • Research and develop local assessment for paraprofessional employees and applicants.

EA Nominations are due in 2 Days!!!

This year all EAs who are nominated for special recognition will be acknowledged.  But only three will receive an award and a special prize.  Now's the time to start writing nominations for your outstanding EA.  Below are the nomination guidelines and checklist to help you.

ELL EA Recognition Guidelines

 The ELL Department honors bilingual educational assistants who have: achieved excellence in his/her position contributed to the well-being of ELL students displayed leadership to advance parent involvement/education

Candidates are to be nominated under the following categories:

  • Dedicated service to ELL students
  • Special contribution to school community
  • Excellence in parent involvement

  • EA position is funded by ELL department
  • EA must work directly with ELL students and ELL families
  • EA must be bilingual

Nomination guideline:

  • 1-2 page, type written letter from nominator explaining why the nominee deserves special recognition
  • Include a separate one-page letter of support from an administrator
  • Include a 1-2 page personal essay.  This is optional.  Include portfolios or pictures if they are available.
  • The last page of the nomination packet should contain the following information regarding the nominee and nominator:

    • Full name
    • School
    • Telephone number

 Nomination submission deadline: April 23, 2004 to mai.vang@spps.org or by fax at 293-5411.

Submissions will be reviewed, scored, and tallied. The nomination receiving the highest score for each category will be selected for a special award during the EA recognition ceremony in June 2004.


Checklist for ELL EA Recognition

Nomination and support letters

Letters from nominators should include compelling reasons which capture your belief in the nominee as a deserving candidate and make a case for strong consideration by the selection committee.

Candidates are to be nominated under the following categories

  • Delivers competent instructional support
  • Makes substantial contributions to the school community
  • Develops strong connections with parents and school

Selection Criteria

  • Helps one or more students make academic gains
  • Establishes bonding relationships with ELL students
  • Works above and beyond the job description
  • Motivates students for learning
  • Seeks professional development
  • Shows leadership
  • Develops and implements an activity in the school
  • Promotes cultural awareness among staff members
  • Is a team member and has rapport with staff, students, and parents
  • Is enthusiastic and has a positive demeanor
  • Helps to resolve a school-wide issue
  • Supports an active PTO/PTA for ELL parents
  • Increase ELL parent attendance at school functions and events
  • Creates a friendly and welcoming environment for parents
  • Provides clear communication to parents
  • Responds and follows through with parent concerns in a timely manner

Optional personal essay can include one or all of the following:

  • A list of accomplishments/events for school year
  • Reflection on contributions to a successful school event, project, or student learning experience
  • Other information deemed appropriate to help selection committee


"A Focus on the Latino Student" &endash; Presentation on April 29th

Raul Yzaguirre, President, National Council of La Raza, will be speaking at a free event, THURSDAY, APRIL 29TH 2004, at the University of St. Thomas. He will be the keynote speaker on Issues Affecting Urban Education, "A Focus on the Latino Student".

6:30-9:00 at Terrence Murphy Hall. Call (651) 962-4455 for a reservation.

FYI - Information on Hmong Refugee Sponsorship for Relatives

Hmong American Partnership, a St. Paul-based mutual assistance association for Hmong and other immigrants, held two public meetings for Hmong residents of the Twin Cities who are interested in sponsoring resettlement of relatives from a camp in Thailand on April 12 and 13 at Arlington High School.

Twin Cities residents who want to sponsor relatives for resettlement from the temple compound can fill out a "refugee interest card" at one of the agencies that assists with refugee resettlement:

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, 612-879-5305, www.lssmn.org

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, 651-222-3001, www.ccspm.org

International Institute of Minnesota, 651-647-0191, www.iimn.org

Minnesota Council of Churches, Refugee Services, 612-870-5660, www.mnchurches.org

Filing the form can help speed the process, advocates say, but those who do should make sure the information they put down is accurate and complete because government agencies will check it thoroughly.

Teaching about Islam in the context of Social Studies and World Religions

On Monday, May 3, we will be offering a professional development opportunity about teaching Islam in the context of social studies and world religions. If you are interested in a registration form or more infomration on this or other opportunities - visit the professional development section.

ELL Eligibility for Placement in EXCEL Program

Several questions have come up recently regarding ELL students' eligibility for the EXCEL program. The EXCEL worksheet states that ELL level 1 and 2 students are not eligible for the EXCEL program. The intention of this criterion is to match a student's specific needs with the programs available. The EXCEL program is meant to be an intervention for students who are struggling in academic areas; it is not designed for students whose primary issue is English language acquisition. Therefore, students who have recently participated in Language Academy or who were eligible for Language Academy but refused these services, are not likely to be good candidates for the EXCEL program. The AIP team should use their professional opinion based on the student's particular needs to determine whether EXCEL would be appropriate.



UREGENT - Summer School Language Academy Teachers

There will be two Language Academy teachers at each of the current language academy sites. If you applied for this position make sure you contact your principal to request the language academy assignment. All Language Academy placement must complete and return a job application to ALC-Elementary before they can be hired/placed....Prospective applicants may go to www.alc.elem.spps.org to complete an online application. There is crucial that you complete the aplication and inform your building principal, ALC and Maria Alicia Arabbo by APRIL 29. Sorry for the short notice but this positions were authorized yesterday.

If you have questions contact María Alicia Arabbo at 767-8388.

Pre-LAS Scores

Scores are due by April 30. It is critical that we have these scores by the deadline as we use this information for placement of Language Academy. This year we will be requiring all kindergarten students that have an HLQ other than English and a fall Pre-LAS level of 1-4 to be tested again this spring. The testing window for the spring is from April 5-April 30. Please use the score sheet (see attachment at bottom of page) to record scores. Send the score sheets via inter-district mail to Al Levin at 360 Colborne--ELL Department.




Congratulations are in order for Bev Alsleben, ELL Teacher at Highland Junior!
This summer Bev will be traveling to Thailand to teach in the refugee camp which Valeria and the St. Paul delegation visited this past Spring. Bev applied for and received a grant through the "Fund for Teachers". Bon voyage and have a wonderful time, Bev!

Rachel Stone at Highland Jr. has 10 of the babies used in FACS classes that she is giving away. She received them as a "hand-me-down" from the FACS class after they purchased a newer model. They were intended for use in Level 1/2 sheltered health classes, but since their school no longer has Level 1 and 2 classes, she wants to give them away. If someone would like them, they would need to go to Highland to pick them up and also to meet with the FACS teacher to get the key to the dolls and learn how to use them. The babies are a neat classroom tool and kids LOVE them. Call Rachel Stone at Highland Junior at 293-8950 if you want them.




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