Weekly Facts 2003-2004

March 10, 2004 Weekly Facts

March 10, 2004

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| ELL Calendar |

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.

Mar 10, 2004 3:30 PM

Junior High/Middle School ELL Teachers Meeting

Mar 10, 2004 4:30 PM

Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

Mar 10, 2004 5:45 PM

LCD PAC Committee

Mar 11, 2004 4:30 PM

Basics in TESOL for Paraeducators

Mar 13, 2004 8:00 AM

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

Mar 15, 2004 3:30 PM

Senior High School ELL Teachers Meeting

Mar 17, 2004 3:30 PM

Senior High School ELL Teachers Meeting

Mar 17, 2004 4:00 PM

Reaching and Teaching Latino Students

Mar 17, 2004 4:00 PM

ELL Elementary Study Groups

Mar 17, 2004 4:30 PM

Traditional Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

Mar 18, 2004 3:15 PM

Today's Somali Life

Mar 18, 2004 4:30 PM

Basics in TESOL for Paraeducators

Mar 20, 2004 9:00 AM

Basics in TESOL for Paraeducators

ELL Eligibility for Placement in EXCEL Program

Several questions have come up recently regarding ELL students' eligibility for the EXCEL program. The EXCEL worksheet states that ELL level 1 and 2 students are not eligible for the EXCEL program. The intention of this criterion is to match a student's specific needs with the programs available. The EXCEL program is meant to be an intervention for students who are struggling in academic areas; it is not designed for students whose primary issue is English language acquisition. Therefore, students who have recently participated in Language Academy or who were eligible for Language Academy but refused these services, are not likely to be good candidates for the EXCEL program. The AIP team should use their professional opinion based on the student's particular needs to determine whether EXCEL would be appropriate.

PARA Pro Test for EAs

EAs who have not met the No Child Left Behind legislation should call Nadine DeMalignon from the HR department at 767-8236 to schedule a date and time to take the PARA Pro Test. Study materials for the test are also available by calling Nadine. By passing this test, it will mean you have met the requirements and may choose not to attend additional college coursework. If you are not sure if you should take this test, please send an email to mai.vang@spps.org and she'll let you know.

ELL EA Recognition - Submission Deadline April 23, 04

The ELL Department honors bilingual educational assistants who have:

  • achieved excellence in his/her position
  • contributed to the well-being of ELL students
  • displayed leadership to advance parent involvement/education

Candidates are to be nominated under ONE of the following categories

  • Dedicated service to ELL students
  • Special contribution to school community
  • Excellence in parent involvement


  • EA position is funded by ELL department
  • EA must work directly with ELL students and ELL families
  • EA must be bilingual

Nomination guideline:

  • 1-2 page, type written letter from nominator explaining why the nominee deserves special recognition
  • Include a separate one-page letter of support from an administrator
  • Include a 1-2 page letter from the nominee supporting the nomination. Include portfolios or picture if they are available.
  • The last page of the nomination packet should contain the following information regarding the nominee and nominator:
  • Full name
  • School
  • Telephone number
  • Category which pertains to this nomination (choose one):

    • Dedicated service to ELL students
    • Special contribution to school community
    • Excellence in parent involvement

Nomination submission deadline: April 23, 2004

Submissions will be reviewed, scored, and tallied. The nomination receiving the highest score for each category will be selected for a special award during the EA recognition ceremony in June 2004.

Math Teachers Needed to Translate Series of Bilingual Workbooks

InterLingua Publishing, an eleven year old company known for translating publishing between English and 150 foreign languages, is developing a series of bilingual workbooks for use in the middle and secondary grades. The series will focus on mathematics and the subjects will include:

  •  Adding and Subtracting Whole Numbers
  •  Multiplication and Division
  •  Fractions
  • Decimals
  • Percentages
  •  Measurement
  • Ratios, Proportions, Probability
  • Statistical Averages and Graphing
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry

The workbooks will be translated from English into a number of languages,

which may include Spanish, Vietnamese, Haitian Creole, Chinese, Korean, etc.

Each book will include both the original English and the target foreign

language. InterLingua is seeking several teachers with experience teaching

mathematics to bilingual students.

For more information, visit:

Jack Bernstein, President


Direct Phone: 310-792-3637

Internet Fax: 775-254-2524

Email: K12Bilingual@aol.com <mailto:K12Bilingual@aol.com>

or Bilingual@aol.com <mailto:Bilingual@aol.com>



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EAs to Attend 2004 MN ESL, Bilingual & Migrant Education Conference on April 30, 2004

The ELL Department will pay 100 registrations for bilingual EAs to attend the conference on April 30, 2004. Any ELL EAs wishing to attend the conference must first get permission from their building principal then send the registration form to the ELL department via fax (293-5411) by Friday, March 26, 2004. Registration forms were faxed to schools on March 1. Additional forms are available by calling (767-8393) or emailling mai.vang@spps.org.

Memo on MCAs from Minnesota Department of Education

Below is a copy of a memo received last Friday outlining MCA procedures for ELL students. All senior staff and principals received copies of this memo this week. Please make sure you are familiar with the information below prior to the MCA testing windo.w

TO: Superintendents

CC: District Assessment Coordinators, ESL Coordinators

FROM: Patricia D. Olson, Ph.D., Assistant Commissioner

DATE: February 27, 2004

RE: Federal policies to help English Language Learners

U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced February 19 new policies granting States and districts greater flexibility regarding English Language Learners (ELL).

The announcement addresses factors which affect the Limited English Proficient (LEP) subgroup for purposes of measuring adequate yearly progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind.

First, all students, including ELL, will continue to take the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) in reading, math, and writing without exemptions. The 95% participation in testing requirement will still apply for AYP purposes.

However, the MCA data for ELL who have been in school for less than one year will not be included in the 2004 proficiency calculations for AYP. MDE will operationalize the terms "in school" and "one year" this spring.

Again, all students must take the MCA in 2003-2004.

Second, Minnesota will include in the LEP subgroup for AYP purposes any student who is an ELL or was an ELL in the past one or two years. Including ELL who have been reclassified as non-ELL last year or the year before will increase the size of the LEP subgroup by adding students that have recently become proficient in English.

The federal policy guidance initiating these changes addresses the unique nature of the LEP subgroup, which shifts over time as students are reclassified as non-LEP.

Questions regarding Minnesota's adoption of the new federal policy for calculating the adequate yearly progress of the LEP subgroup can be directed to:

Paul Magnuson; paul.magnuson@state.mn.us; 651-582-8649

Bounlieng Phommasouvanh; bounlieng.phommasouvanh@state.mn.us; 651-582-8487

Leigh Schleicher; leigh.schleicher@state.mn.us; 651-582-8326

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

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


Audience: All Staff

Spring Pre-LAS testing window is just around the corner

This year we will be requiring all kindergarten students that have an HLQ other than English and a fall Pre-LAS level of 1-4 to be tested again this spring. The testing window for the spring is from April 5-April 30. Scores are due by April 30. Please use the score sheet (see attachment at bottom of page) to record scores. Send the score sheets via inter-district mail to Al Levin at 360 Colborne--ELL Department.


Fall Window

September 2 - October 10, 2003

Due: October 10, 2003


Students entering between October 10 - February 13
should be tested immediately and again in the spring.


Students entering between February 13 - April 5 should be tested immediately.
This will be their spring score.


Spring Window

April 5 - April 30, 2004

Due: April 30, 2004


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.



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