Weekly Facts 2003-2004

 
February 25, 2004 Weekly Facts


February 25, 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 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


Mar 1, 2004 4:00 PM


Vocabulary Building Strategies for ELLs Part 2


Mar 3, 2004 3:00 PM


ELL Secondary Study Groups


Mar 3, 2004 4:15 PM


KLDM Cadre Meeting


Mar 3, 2004 4:25 PM


Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual


Mar 3, 2004


L.A. Site Visit: Wellstone to Homecroft


Mar 4, 2004 4:00 PM


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


Mar 4, 2004 4:30 PM


Basics in TESOL for Paraeducators


Mar 8, 2004 3:30 PM


Scaffolding/Content Area Part 1


Mar 8, 2004 3:30 PM


Junior High/Middle School ELL Teachers Meeting (Option One)


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.


An announcement from the Center for Victims of Torture for all teachers working with refugee students


The Center for Victims of Torture is compiling a book of writing* and artwork** of refugee students. This book will be used as an education and training tool for other educators, health care providers and community organizations who may encounter war trauma/torture survivors in their work. The book will also be used as a tool during future student therapy groups to stimulate discussion and provide the students with a validation of themselves and their experiences, to inform educators and those training to be educators, and to inform and stimulate discussion among the greater public. Most importantly, this book will afford students an opportunity to express their experiences, thoughts and feelings.

The final works to be published in the book will be chosen by a committee that will include CVT staff, a representative from St. Paul Companies and an adult artist from the refugee community who has survived torture or war trauma.


Students are free to decide which form of expression they wish to choose and they have the choice to either remain anonymous or receive attribution. Parents will be required to submit release forms for students under 18 years of age.


We hope to include work which deals with issues pertaining to:



  • Life in their home countries
  • The transition experience
  • Life in the U. S.
  • *Written work will have a maximum word limit of 1,000 words.
  • **Please note that we will be including photo representations of art work.

Art can be in any medium and may include photography. We will return all artwork at the students request. We thank you for your help with this project. If you have questions or would like more details, please contact ChristineWheeler, MN Schools Project Coordinator at (612) 436-4855, cwheeler@cvt.org . This project is funded by The St. Paul Company.


Link to TEAE Results Graphs - Congratulations on ELL Student Achievement!


Information on the TEAE test results can now be found on the ELL Website under DataCenter

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): 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: 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, First and Second Grade Teachers - Deadline is today for submission


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, first and second grade students to the 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 few weeks. We apologize for the inconvenience, but we must complete this information to ensure federal funding. Without federal funding, we will have to cut positions.


 









 


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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