Weekly Facts 2003-2004

 
February 18, 2004 Weekly Facts

February 18, 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.



Feb 18, 2004 3:15 PM

Today's Somali Life

Feb 18, 2004 3:30 PM

Grade 6 ELL Teachers LAS Computer Professional Development

Feb 18, 2004 4:00 PM

Vocabulary Building Strategies for ELL Learners Part 1

Feb 18, 2004 4:30 PM

Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

Feb 19, 2004 3:30 PM

Scaffolding/Content Area Part 2

Feb 19, 2004 3:30 PM

Grade 6 ELL Teachers LAS Computer Professional Development

Feb 19, 2004 4:00 PM

ELL Elementary Study Groups

Feb 19, 2004 4:30 PM

Basics in TESOL for Paraeducators

Feb 23, 2004 3:30 PM

TOPS

Feb 23, 2004 4:00 PM

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

Feb 23, 2004

L.A. Site visit: Mississippi to Frost Lake

Feb 24, 2004 4:00 PM

Hmong Students: Cultural, Educational & Special Ed Issues

Feb 25, 2004 4:30 PM

Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

Feb 26, 2004 4:00 PM

Understanding Immigration Law

Feb 26, 2004 4:30 PM

Basics in TESOL for Paraeducators

Feb 26, 2004

L.A. Site Visit Vento to Hancock

Feb 28, 2004 9:00 AM

Basics in TESOL for Paraeducators

Language Challenge

The ELL Department, in conjunction with the Saint Paul Police Department, will be launching an internet-based series of lessons to help staff and the public understand basic Hmong, Somali and Spanish words and phrases. Look for the program to debut in the next week or two.

Campus Usernames and Passwords

If you have misplaced your campus Username and password, please remember to contact Greg Anderson for the information. The MIS Department prefers to have all requests from a single department go through one person. Thanks.

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): February 18, March 18

Time: 4:00 - 6:00

Location: 360 Colborne

Presenter: Abdisalam Adam

Audience: All Staff

Stipend: Contractual Workshop Rate

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

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

Reaching and Teaching Latino Student





Teachers will:

  • Increase sensitivity and skills for working with Latino students
  • -Learn about various cultural differences between U.S. and Latin American educational systems
  • Identify population trends, reasons for immigration, dropout rates and key terms
  • Understand current issues for Latino students and how to change educational outcomes for Latinos
  • Know specific strategies for how to work effectively with Latino students
  • Apply knowledge through real-life case studies

For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Reaching and Teaching Latino Student page

Session:
March 17, 2004
April 12, 2004

February 9. 2004 (Grades 2-3)

Time: 4:00 - 6:00

Location: 360 Colborne

Presenter:

Audience: All Staff


Kindergarten through Second Grade Teachers

In order to comply with a ruling by the federal government under No Child Left Behind, we are going to be required to submit information on kindergarten through second grade students to that state. The information we need to submit will be the same information that we are collecting on our NEW ELL checklists.
  • If you have completed the new ELL checklist for the FALL reporting period for your students this year, you do not need to do anything more.
  • If you have completed the old checklist (which we left up for those that started the process early) - you will have to complete the NEW FALL checklist for each student before February 25.
  • If you did not complete any checklists for students, you will need to complete the NEW FALL checklist for each student before February 25.

The new checklists are directly tied to the new state ELL standards. If you need a copy of the standards, the can be found at: http://education.state.mn.us/html/intro_eng_lang_learn.htm

This was new information to the state and to us in the last week. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must complete this information to ensure federal funding. Without federal funding, we will have to cut positions.

6th Grade ELL Teachers





Please mark your calendars for February 18th and 19th (3:30 - 5:30). These are your two opportunities to come to the mandatory training for the transition to junior high process for your 6th grade students. You need only attend one meeting and will be paid for 2 hours. We will show you how to electronically enter LAS and MN-SOLOM scores so we can compile the data for junior high counselors for placement for the 2003-2004 school year. More information about this meeting will be forthcoming.

 

 

Session: February 18 & 19

Time: 3:30 - 5:30

Location: 360 Colborne

Presenter: Anne Lowe

Audience: 6th Grade ELL Teachers

Hmong Students: Cultural, Educational, and Special Education Issue






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): 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

Junior High Showcase Nights for families of 6th Graders






Your 6th grade students will soon be asked to choose a junior high or middle school for next year. Registration booklets will be sent out to schools starting January 20th. A list of the showcase nights are listed in the booklet, but we are listing them here for your information. IMPORTANT: If you have students who you believe will be level 1 or 2 in junior high, please advise them to apply to any school EXCEPT Ramsey, Murray, and Highland Junior High for next year. These schools will have Level 3 and up only. You will be hearing more about this during training in February (dates to be announced). Encourage your students to go to the showcase nights to find out more information about the schools they will attend next year.

Showcase dates and times:

  • Battle Creek Middle Wednesday, February 18, 7 - 8:30 pm
  • Monroe call their office for information or a tour at 293-8690
  • Open Monday, February 23, 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Washington Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 - 8 pm


 

 

Secondary ELL Teacher Meeting

Please make plans to attend one of the ELL Teacher meetings. We will look at ELL curriculum and the new standards, the transition from junior high to high school, level alignment between junior high and high school, and other issues.

Middle School and Junior High ELL Teachers, choose one of the following dates:

  • Monday and Wednesday, March 8 and 10 from 3:30 to 5:30.

High School ELL Teachers, choose one of the following dates:

  • Monday and Wednesday, March 15 and 17 from 3:30 to 5:30.

Superintendent Launches Three New Book Clubs!

A partnership with Lawson Software and the American Refugee Committee will provide free copies of the book Of Beetles and Angels: The Remarkable Story of a Boy's Journey from a Refugee Camp to Harvard to all Saint Paul eighth graders. Five winners of an essay contest will each have an opportunity to change the world by designating an American Refugee project to receive a donation of $1,000 in their name for post-war relief efforts. You may recall, Mawi Asgedom, the author of the book, came to St. Paul Public Schools last fall to talk to students about his experiences in the refugee camps and immigrant life in the U.S. This was all made possible thanks to the tenacity and enthusiasm of ELL Jane Sevald, ELL teacher at Highland Park Senior High School. Thanks, Jane!


Look inside the book at Amazon.com


 

 

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