Weekly Facts 2003-2004

 
December 3, 2003 Weekly Facts

  December 03, 2003

 

 

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Joint Information 

Events on the ELL Calendar for this Week

The events listed below are detailed in the ELL calendar

Dec 3, 2003 3:00 PM

ELL Secondary Study Groups

Dec 6, 2003 8:00 AM

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

Dec 8, 2003 4:00 PM

ELL Writer's Workshop Level 1 for ELL Teachers (K-2)

Dec 9, 2003 4:00 PM

Islamic Culture in Minnesota

 National News

 

The ELL Department's Embedding Hmong Culture Program was featured in today's Office of English Language Acquistion (OELA) Newsline. OELA is part of the federal Department of Education. We are very proud of this program and the people that have worked so hard to make it possible. Congratulations on a job well done!

 

The text of the article is shown below. For more information on this program, see Hmong Enrichment Options information in the the Programs We Offer Section.

 

Embedding Hmong Culture into the K-3 Social Studies Curriculum

In order to help students improve their academic performance, Saint Paul Public Schools in Minnesota is launching a new project, "Embedding Hmong Culture into the K-3 Social Studies Curriculum." The goal of this project is to encourage mainstream classroom teachers to support and increase student performance through better cultural understanding and appreciation. Saint Paul Public Schools recognizes that, in general, students learn best when instruction incorporates students' prior knowledge and celebrates their ethnic and cultural heritage. In addition, students who understand and take pride in their heritage perform better in school and show a higher level of commitment to complete graduation requirements.

Saint Paul Public Schools educates approximately 14,000 Hmong students, the largest number of Hmong students in the nation. The Hmong come from Southeast Asia. When the Vietnam War ended in 1975, they began to migrate, mostly from Laos, to other countries. Now Hmong families have settled in such countries as Argentina, Australia, Canada, France, French Guiana, Germany, Thailand and the United States. Minnesota currently has the largest Hmong population in the United States.

The new curriculum will provide elementary classroom teachers with professional development opportunities and cultural resources that embed the rich Hmong culture into the current Saint Paul Public Schools' social studies curriculum as part of the Minnesota Social Studies Standards. This will create a learning environment that recognizes and values cultural differences and similarities as a way to enrich lifelong learning for all students. Multicultural education leads to greater understanding and appreciation of diversity among students and staff.

The first professional development phase includes approximately 120 mainstream classroom teachers in grades K-3 who are receiving training in Hmong culture. The first session of the professional development started on November 3, 2003.

 

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): December 8, 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


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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