Weekly Facts 2003-2004

March 3, 2004 Weekly Facts

March 3, 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.

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)

Mar 9, 2004

L.A. Site Visit: Battle Creek/Linwood to Highwood Hills

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)

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

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.


Unable to attend this training?

The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota (ILCM) is a non-profit law firm providing high-quality immigration legal assistance for low-income immigrants living primarily in southern Minnesota. The ILCM developed the No Second Chance curriculum and video as a result of changes in the US immigration laws that made it easier for non-citizens, including young persons who have lived most of their lives in the US, to be deported. In 1996 the US immigration laws expanded the types of crimes for which a non-citizen could be deported to include even seemingly minor crimes. It also removed ways in which persons who were being deported could get a second chance to stay in the US because they were rehabilitated and had strong ties to the US. One of the best ways to prevent deportation is to avoid getting involved in risky behavior that could lead to a criminal conviction. This is the purpose of the video "No Second Chance" and the accompanying curriculum: to educate youth and the immigrant community about the consequences of criminal activity in order to prevent persons from getting deported.

Deportation is a very severe consequence for criminal activity, and is especially harsh for immigrants who have grown up in the United States. Many of them arrived in the US as children when their parents fled from persecution or difficult living conditions in their native countries. They consider themselves American and often do not speak the language of their country of birth. As a result, for them, deportation is more than just another consequence of bad behavior: it means a return to a country that they have never known. They often have no family or friends in their country of birth; they do not understand the culture or way of life there and do not speak their native language. Therefore, it is extremely important that immigrant youth understand what causes deportation and what consequences it has before they may commit a crime. Through the efforts of educators and influential immigrant youth leaders and the information provided in this curriculum, the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota hopes to create an awareness of the drastic consequences of immigrant youth committing crimes and thus prevent deportation.

The video contains interviews with three former ILCM clients who committed crimes such as burglary and car theft as young adults and were deported or are currently awaiting deportation because of their crimes. Throughout the video, an ILCM staff attorney offers commentary on each of the cases and on the laws regarding deportation. The video is targeted at teenagers, but also provides information useful to older immigrants and people who work with immigrants. The curriculum contains in-depth information about deportation and the crimes that can lead to deportation, as well as a variety of activities intended to get students thinking creatively and pro-actively about deportation and how to avoid it. The curriculum is targeted at teenagers and ESL students.

For more information on the No Second Chance Youth Intervention Project, contact Jesse Murray at (651) 291-0110 or jesse.murray@ilcm.org

Staff from ILCM are available to present to your staff or students at no cost, or you may order the video and curriculum for a small fee (see order form below).





No Second Chance video


No Second Chance curriculum


video and curriculum set


two or more sets of video and curriculum


Order Total:

Shipping and Handling (do not include if you plan to pick up your order yourself)



Make checks payable to:                                                    

 Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota

193 E. Robie Street                                           

St. Paul, MN 55107

(651) 291-0110                                       


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


Audience: All Staff



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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