Weekly Facts 2003-2004

 
January 7, 2004 Weekly Facts

Happy New Year!

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 January 7, 2004

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Joint Information 

Events on the ELL Calendar for this Week

The events listed below are detailed in the ELL calendar



Jan 7, 2004 4:00 PM

Are We Meeting the Cultural Needs of Hmong Students?

Jan 12, 2004 3:15 PM

Today's Somali Life

Jan 14, 2004 4:00 PM

ELL Elementary Study Groups

Jan 14, 2004 4:15 PM

KLDM Cadre Meeting

Jan 14, 2004 5:45 PM

LCD PAC Committee

Jan 15, 2004 4:00 PM

Today's Somali Life

Jan 15, 2004 4:00 PM

Classroom Management for Diverse Populations--Part 1

Jan 16, 2004 8:00 AM

EA Training - Translations

Jan 16, 2004 8:30 AM

ELL/Mainstream Collaboration

Happy New Year!




Welcome back! We hope you had a restful vacation. We're looking forward to working with you in 2004!

Pre-Las Reminder

It has come to our attention that there are new kindergarten students enrolled in our district for which we have not received Pre-Las scores. New kindergarten students entering your building with an HLQ other than English need to be tested with the Pre-Las as soon as possible. These scores should then be sent to Al Levin at al.levin@spps.org. This would include any kindergarten student that enters your building (from another district) before February 13, 2004.

Hola everybody!

Wondering what to do with your summer? Check out these offerings from the National Endowment for the Humanities!!

Seminars & Institutes for School Teachers: Summer 2004
National Endowment for the Humanities (U.S.A.)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2004


Each summer the National Endowment for the Humanities supports a variety of study opportunities in the humanities for school teachers. Seminars & institutes are national (open to those who teach American K-12 students), residential, & rigorous. Designed to strengthen the quality of humanities instruction available to American students, they are led by some of the nation's outstanding scholars & take place at major colleges & universities & archival facilities across the country & abroad.

Topics considered among the 31 seminars & institutes for school teachers offered in the summer of 2004 include American history & culture, such as constitutionalism & the American Revolution, regional studies, & the development of American song; literary studies of Petrarch, Cervantes, Balzac, & Tolkien; & a broad range of programs in world history & culture, including programs using Latin, French, Spanish, & Italian. For a complete list of both seminars & institutes, go to the NEH Website, or phone (202/606-8463), or e-mail (sem-inst@neh.gov).

http://www.neh.gov/projects/si-school.html

The listings contain seminar & institute titles & the means to contact each director. Prospective applicants can request information from as many seminar & institute directors as they wish but may apply to only one NEH summer offering. In response to a request for information, seminar & institute directors will send a letter describing the content, logistics, expectations, & conditions of that project. Each letter will be accompanied by application instructions as well as information about the program's costs.

Participants receive from the National Endowment for the Humanities a stipend based on the length of the seminar or institute. Stipends are $2,800 for four weeks, $3,250 for five weeks, & $3,700 for six weeks & are intended to help cover travel costs & living expenses, as well as books & miscellaneous expenses.

Requests for information & completed applications should NOT be directed to the National Endowment for the Humanities; they should be addressed to the individual projects as found in the listings. The application deadline is March 1.

Tutors for Migrant Programs

The Title I Migrant Education Program is seeking bilingual (Spanish) ELL teachers or EAs for the secondary after-school tutoring program Cleveland Middle School. The program is 2-4 hours a week of BST preparation after school. Days and times are flexible. Salary for teachers is $19.48/hour; for EAs, the same hourly rate you receive during the school day. If interested, please call or e-mail Michael Bowlus at 767-8309, michael.bowlus@spps.org.

Somali Family Education Night





The second Somali Family TIES event will be held on Friday, January 16,2004. It will be a gathering that brings together Somali families, staff, and district officials to highlight educational opportunities available within St. Paul Public Schools. District deparments such as ELL, Student Placement Center, Special Education, and Family Involvement will provide information to parents.

The event will be held at Highwood Hills Elementary from 5:30 to 8:30 PM.

Childcare and food will be provided.

Please, share event information with students and parents in your building.

If you have questions, please contact Abdisalam Adam at (651)767-8341

Time: 5:330 - 8:30

Location: Highwood Hills Elementary (2188 Londin Lane)

Download Flyer

 

Basics in TESOL for Paraeducators





This course will focus on teaching the English language and American school culture. Participants will learn the strategies for being effective paraeducators in ESL classrooms and with English language learners in mainstream classes. Visits to K-12 classrooms off campus can be arranged and are highly recommended for interaction with non-native English speakers and opportunities to practice and reflect on ESL strategies.

There are scholarships from Century College available.

For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Basics in TESOL for Paraeducators page.

Dates: January 15 - March 20, 2004. (Thursdays and three Saturdays to be determined)

Time: 4:30 - 7:30

Location: 360 Colborne Street

Audience: ELL Educational Assistants

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.

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

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

Embedding Hmong Culture into the Social Studies Curriculum





Teachers will:

  • Learn about the richness of the Hmong culture.
  • Examine Hmong culture sample lesson plans as it relates to the Saint Paul Public Schools Social Studies Standards.
  • Receive a grade level Hmong Culture Kit containing a Teacher's Handbook, teacher resource books about the Hmong, children's literature, Hmong dolls, children's games, and traditional Hmong music.
  • Make and take samples to include in the culture kit.

 

For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Embedding Hmong Culture into the Social Studies Curriculum page

Session: January 28, 2004
January 29, 2004 (Grades K-1)

February 9. 2004 (Grades 2-3)

Time: 4:15 - 6:00

Location: 360 Colborne

Presenter: Yeu Vang

Audience: Grades K-3 Classroom Teachers

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: JFebruary 17, 2004
March 17, 2004
April 12, 2004

February 9. 2004 (Grades 2-3)

Time: 4:00 - 6:00

Location: 360 Colborne

Presenter:

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

 

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 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): 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

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
  • Capitol Hill Thursday, February 5, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
  • Cleveland Wednesday, February 11, 5:30 - 7 pm
  • Hazel Park Thursday, February 5, 5:30 - 7 pm
  • Highland Junior Monday, February 9, 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Humboldt Junior Tuesday, February 10, 5:30 - 7 pm
  • Monroe call their office for information or a tour at 293-8690
  • Murray Tuesday, February 10, 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Open Monday, February 23, 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Ramsey Thursday, February 12, 7 - 8:30 pm
  • Washington Tuesday, February 17, 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Wilson Tuesday, February 10, 6 - 8:00 pm


Secondary Information

Basic Skills Tests Accomodations: Requests due FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2004

This is a reminder that the basic skills tests are coming up and the deadline for requesting accommodations for our students is Friday, January 16, 2004. The accommodated materials are as follows:

Short Segment tests in reading/math -

The short segment tests are in actuality no shorter than the regular test, the tests are divided into short segments with a break in between.

Translated tests in math and writing (Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali) - The tests, including the prompt on the writing test, are translated into the four languages above,

Translated Script of test in math (Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali) -
The test is read to the student in the target language. For alternate translations (other than Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali) - your building test coordinator and/or ELL contact teacher will need to arrange for a translator (contact Alejandra Bosch at 767-8334). The translator must be preapproved by the Dept. of Education. For alternate translation approval, please contact Michael Wirtz (REA Office) as soon as possible at 793-5573.

Translated Audio version of the test in Math (Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali) -
These versions are now on CDs.

IMPORTANT REMINDER! ELL teachers must request accommodated materials from their building test coordinator. The deadline for requesting accommodated materials is FRIDAY, JANUARY 16, 2004. It's very important that you are aware of the deadline; the district has had accommodation shortages in the past, due to requests coming in after the deadline. Your building test coordinator is the one to get you the accommodated materials, but YOU NEED TO MAKE THE REQUEST IF YOU NEED THEM FOR YOUR STUDENTS.

If you have any questions about accommodated materials, please talk to your building test coordinator or you can contact Michael Wirtz in the REA department at 1001 Johnson Parkway at 651-793-5573.

Grade 7 MCA Tests Next Week

The Grade 7 MCAs testing dates are:
Reading: Tuesday, January 13, 2004
Math: Wednesday, January 14, 2004

This is the first time the MCA has been given district-wide in Grade 7. Accommodated materials are available for our ELL students. The deadline for requesting accommodated materials was Tuesday, JANUARY 6, 2004, but if you want them, please see your contact teacher or talk to your testing coordinator for information about:
Translated tests in math and writing (Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali)
Translated Script of test in math
Translated Audio CD version of the test in Math (Hmong, Spanish, Vietnamese, Somali)

The district-wide testing coordinator is Rennie Zimmer at 793-5579 if you have any further questions about the test.

Senior High Showcase Nights for families of 8th Graders






Your 8th grade students will soon be asked to choose a high 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 high school, please advise them to apply to Arlington, Como, Harding, or Humboldt (the English Language Center sites with level 1 and 2 courses). 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:

  • Harding Sr. - January 27, 5 - 7 pm *(ELC Level 1 and 2 Site)
  • Johnson Sr. - January 29, 6:30 - 8 pm
  • Humboldt Sr. - February 3, 5:30 - 7:30 pm *(ELC Level 1 and 2 Site)
  • Central Sr. - February 4, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
  • Highland Park Sr. - February 5, 6:30 - 8
  • Arlington Sr. - February 10, 6:30 - 8 pm *(ELC Level 1 and 2 Site)
  • Como Park Sr. - February 10, 7 - 8:30 pm *(ELC Level 1 and 2 Site)
  • Open School - February 23, 6:30 - 8 pm


 

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