Weekly Facts 2003-2004

 
December 10, 2003 Weekly Facts

   



December 10, 2003





  



| Joint Information | Elementary Information | Secondary Information |



| ELL Calendar |







Joint Information 


Events on the ELL Calendar for this Week


The events listed below are detailed in the ELL calendar















Dec 16, 2003 8:30 AM


ELL/Mainstream Collaboration (Group 8)


Dec 17, 2003 5:45 PM


LCD PAC Committee


Dec 17, 2003 6:00 PM


Family Ties - Latino


Strategies for working with paraprofessionals









Please share with us specific strategies/approaches on how you collaborate with your bilingual EA to use his/her talents in the classroom. We are attempting to collect and will share with all a list of strategies which you have found to be successful when working with paraprofessionals. Please send your strategies to mai.vang@spps.org by Jan. 8, 2004.

 

Latino Family TIES Holiday Celebration








The Latino Family TIES Holiday Celebration will take place on December 17th from 6:00 - 8:00.  Please let the family members in your school community know about the event.  Come and join us in our celebration!  A flyer is attched on the right for further information. 



Time: 6:00 - 800


Location: Bridgeview Elementary (360 Colborne Street)


Download Flyer


A Trip to the Past! Looking at Today's Somali Life








These sessions will help district staff have deeper perspectives into the history, culture, and civil war experiences of Somali immigrants in Minnesota. A comparative overview of the past and present Somali life will be provided. Sessions will also cover what attracted the Somalis to Minnesota and how they have adapted to their new setting. Video clips and slide presentations will be presented depicting various aspects of Somali life.


For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the A Trip to the Past! Looking at Today's Somali Life page.



Sessions (choose one): January 12, January 15, February 5, February 18, March 18


Time: 4:00 - 6:00


Location: 360 Colborne


Presenter: Abdisalam Adam


Audience: All Staff


Stipend: Contractual Workshop Rate


Islamic Culture








This workshop is designed to assist teachers, principals and other educators in formulating and implementing policies and programs that will help to create a culturally sensitive academic environment.


For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Islamic Culture page.





Sessions (choose one): March 23, April 28


Time: 4:00 - 6:00


Location: 360 Colborne


Presenter: Abdisalam Adam


Audience: All Staff


Stipend: Contractual Workshop Rate


Classroom Management for Diverse Populations








Participants will learn how relationship-building techniques such as morning meetings, goal setting and model/practice support English language learning. We will discuss student choice and classroom rules as "can do's." Teacher language and clear expectations will be a focus.


For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Classroom Management for Diverse Populations page.


 












Sessions: January 15 (Part 1), January 20 (Part 2)


Time: 4:00 - 6:00


Location: 360 Colborne


Presenter: Wendy Aro


Audience: Elementary and Secondary EAs


In-service credit available


Teaming with Bilingual Educational Assistants








Participants will analyze and evaluate best models for working more collaboratively with paraprofessionals in the classroom to better serve all students.


For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Teaming with Bilingual Educational Assistants page.


Sessions (choose one): January 8, February 24, March 24


Time: 4:00 - 6:00


Location: 360 Colborne


Presenter: Wendy Aro


Audience: All Staff


Stipend: Contractual Workshop Rate or In-service Credit


Scaffolding Strategies to Work With English Language








Develop strategies and practices to support English language learners in content area classes at the secondary level.


For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Scaffolding Strategies to Work With English Language Learners page. This professional development opportunity is for teachers grades 6-12. Please post and share the flyer with your staff.


Sessions: January 29 (Part 1) and February 19 (Part 2) or
March 8 (Part 1) and April 14 (Part 2)


Time:3:30 - 5:30


Location: 360 Colborne


Presenter: Mignon Bergs


Audience: Mainstream Teachers Grades 6-12


Seeking Migrant Bilingual Teacher








The Title I Migrant Education Program is seeking a bilingual (Spanish) ELL teacher or EA for the secondary afterschool tutoring program in Arlington Senior High. The program is 2-4 hours a week of BST preparation after school. Days and times are flexible but you must be available at 2:00. Salary for teachers is $19.48/hour; for EAs, the same hourly rate you receive during the school day. If interested, please call or email Mary McGill at 767-8159, mary.mcgill@spps.org



Understanding Immigration Law








A professional development opportunity presented by the Immigration Law Center of Minnesota in collaboration with the ELL department.


For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Understanding Immigration Law page. This professional development opportunity is for ALL STAFF. Please post and share the flyer with your staff.


Session: February 26, 2004


Time: 4:00 - 6:00


Location: 360 Colborne


Presenter: Abdisalam Adam


Audience: All Staff


Test for EA's











No Chiild Left Behind has specific requirements for EA's They are required to be "highly qualified" as determined by the District. The Human Resouces Department has made those determinations and has provided us with the following information regarding testing for EAs in this area.


"[The Human Resources Department is] offering the test to Paras who are not highly qualified. We have begin offering the test to TA's and EA's in the Classroom and Instruction seniority groups. As soon as we complete testing for these groups, we will begin offering the test to other EA and TA groups. [HR] anticipates that we will begin offering the test to ELL EA's after the January 1st.


The district has purchased study guides for individuals to borrow while they are preparing for the test. Currently those books are loaned to TA's and EA's in Classroom and Instruction seniority group. They will be available for ELL EA's when we begin offering the test. If any ELL EA wants to purchase their own book for $25.00 and begin studying now, they can contact Nadine at 767-8236 to purchase a book.


ELL EA's can also contact the HUBBS center now to sign up for assistance in preparing for the test.


Please feel free to contact Betty Holz-Berman ay 767-8230 if you have further questions about the test and the process


Download MS Word file of Freqently asked questions about the test.








Elementary Information


After the Bell Rings


After the Bell Rings is a new after school tutoring program for students in grades K-6 at Bruce Vento, Eastern Heights and Highwood Hills elementary schools who also qualify for fee or reduced price lunch. We have information on the programs available in English, Hmong, Somali and Spanish in the "Programs we Office Section."

Look for a new brochure on this program soon. It has been printed in all foru languages and is ready for distribution.










English Information

Hmong Information

Somali Information

Spanish Information


Power of Language--MATH








Comprehension of word problems in mathematics is more than simply a function of reading skills. Participants will learn what makes story problems difficult for English Language Learners and how to minimize these difficulties in order to make math content accessible. Participants will also be able to adapt the Everyday Mathematics curriculum to better serve the needs of English language learners. This workshop is for K-6 classroom teachers. Please post and share with your staff.


For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Power of Language--Math page.


 





Session: January 21 (Part 1) and February 17 (Part 2)


Time: 4:00 - 6:00


Location: 360 Colborne


Presenter: Wendy Aro


Audience: All Staff


In-service credit available


Hmong Students: Cultural, Educational, and Special Education Issues











Learn more about Hmong traditional cultural beliefs, values and family structure. Examine how Hmong parents view the role of schools in educating their children and discuss Hmong perspectives on Special Education.


For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Hmong Students: Cultural, Educational, and Special Education Issues page.


 



Sessions (Choose one): January 20, January 28, February 24


Time: 4:00 - 6:00


Location: 360 Colborne, Rooms D& E


Presenter: Bee Lee


Audience: Grade K-6 Mainstream Teachers


Stipend: Contractual Workshop Rate










Secondary Information


 

 


 

 

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