Weekly Facts 2003-2004

May 12, 2004 Weekly Facts

May 12, 2004

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ELL Calendar

Events on the ELL Calendar for this

These events for the next week are listed below are
detailed in the ELL
. All other ELL events that have been scheduled are
also listed in the ELL Calendar in the same location.

May 12, 2004 2:00 PM

2004-05 Placement Meeting

May 12, 2004 4:30 PM

Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

May 17, 2004 3:30 PM


May 19, 2004 4:15 PM

Cadre Meeting

May 19, 2004 4:30 PM

Hmong Ways and Hmong Marriage Ritual

May 19, 2004 5:45 PM

PAC Committee

May 19, 2004 6:00 PM

Ties - Latino

Spanish-Speaking EA Help Needed!

The Family and Community Involvement Office is requesting that all of the ELL Spanish-speaking EAs call the Spanish-speaking families in their schools to remind them of the upcoming Latino Family TIES event. This event will take place next Wednesday, May 19, from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Phalen Lake Pavilion. A picnic supper and entertainment will be provided. Call Sylvia Perez at 767-8565 for more information.

Home Language Questionnaire

Beginning next year, SPPS will be returning to the longer
form of the Home Language Questionnaire. The state form has 3
questions and the form we will be using has 6 questions. We feel
we can do a better job of determining who is eligible for ELL
services with this form. The revised form will combine the
information about the students ethnic background information that
is already collected on a different form and, for Spanish speaking
students, also collect the information required for Migrant
students. We hope that having all this information on one form
will reduce the amount of paper that has to be moved around the
district. It is also expected that the Student Placement Center
and other places where students enter the system will collect this
information and put it on-line for staff to access.

The Student Placement Center will collect most of this
information. However, since the majority of kindergartners do not
go through the Student Placement Center, we need to work with
Early Childhood Screeming and schools so that they understand this

However, since we do not have the forms completely translated
and we are getting requests for HLQs from schools for Kindergarten
Roundup, for this year we are sending you the current 3 question
form. Next fall, the expectation will be that the new form will be
available and will be used.

HLQs are available here
- (Sorry, I forgot the link last


Clustering Information

If you are interested in more information on clustering
students as you prepare for next year, infomration can be found in
the ELL
staff handbook
. Information specifically addressing clustering
can be found in section 4.1:
Language through Content in-depth
. This information was
provided to all principals in a presentation from Valeria within
the last month.

Who are Minnesota's Recent

Friday, May, 21, 2004

The Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services (BCIS)
presents another awareness and education program focusing on
countries in the Middle East. Although geared toward communities
of recent immigrants and the professionals who work with them,
this fifth listening series is free and open to the public.

* Time: 9:30 A - 1:30 P

* Place: Minnesota History Center, 3M Auditorium, 345 Kellogg
Boulevard, St. Paul

* Cost: Free (Cost: FREE but advance registration

* To register: Complete Minnesota International Center online
pre-registration form


Small World: Urbanization and the Impact of Migration - Town

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Join MIC on Tuesday, June 22, as Fred De Sam Lazaro convenes a
town meeting to screen and discuss the latest installment in the
Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) series Small World: Population
in Perspective.

Some time around 2007, for the first time in human history, our
planet will have more people living in urban areas than rural
areas. What is driving this massive movement of people in the
developing world? A panel of experts will discuss the economic,
social and environmental consequences of urbanization, and the
prospect of a new wave of Hmong refugees being resettled in

TPT's Small World series is supported by the World Population
Fund of the Minneapolis Foundation.

* Time: 5:30 - 7:30 P

* Place: Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Cowles
Auditorium, 301 19th Avenue S, University of Minnesota, West

* Cost:

$5 Member/Students

$10 Non-Member

(TPT and UNA members are eligible for the member rate.)

* To register: Complete Minnesota International Center online
pre-registration form



Under the No Child Left Behind Act, teachers must be
“highly qualified” to teach core academic subjects.

Paraprofessionals who are assisting in classroom activities
must meet the definition of “highly qualified” by
January, 2006.

Recent Developments

  • 96% of Saint Paul Public Schools teachers are considered to
    be highly qualified. The remaining 4% are primarily individuals
    working out of licensure scope in Special Education assignments
    or in Math or Science assignments.

  • 56% of Educational Assistants meet the definition of
    “highly qualified”. 44% of Teaching Assistants meet
    the definition of “highly qualified”.

  • Began offering state approved test for paraprofessionals
    who do not meet the definition of “highly qualified”
    under NCLB.

  • Began offering tutoring and test preparation assistance
    through Hubbs Center for paraprofessionals who do not meet the
    definition of “highly qualified”.

  • Purchased Para Pro study guides for paraprofessionals to
    borrow and review to assist in test preparation.

  • Developed cooperative relationship with St. Paul College
    and Century College to offer Associates of Arts degrees to
    current Saint Paul Public Schools paraprofessionals.  The
    curriculum focuses on Early Childhood education.

  • Continue to offer tutoring and test assistance for Pre-
    Professional Skills Test through the Federation of Teachers and
    the Hubbs Center.  Purchased PPST test preparation manuals
    for individuals to borrow and review.


  • Ensure that teachers who do not meet “highly
    qualified” status are pursuing full licensure for their

  • Continue to offer tutoring and testing for

  • Continue to work with colleges to offer 2 year degrees for

  • Research and develop local assessment for paraprofessional
    employees and applicants.

FYI - Information on Hmong Refugee
Sponsorship for Relatives

Hmong American Partnership, a St. Paul-based mutual
assistance association for Hmong and other immigrants, held two
public meetings for Hmong residents of the Twin Cities who are
interested in sponsoring resettlement of relatives from a camp
in Thailand on April 12 and 13 at Arlington High School.

Twin Cities residents who want to sponsor relatives for
resettlement from the temple compound can fill out a "refugee
interest card" at one of the agencies that assists with refugee

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, 612-879-5305,

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis,
651-222-3001, www.ccspm.org

International Institute of Minnesota, 651-647-0191,

Minnesota Council of Churches, Refugee Services,
612-870-5660, www.mnchurches.org

Filing the form can help speed the process, advocates say,
but those who do should make sure the information they put down
is accurate and complete because government agencies will check
it thoroughly.

Teaching about Islam in the context of
Social Studies and World Religions

On Monday, May 3, we will be offering a professional
development opportunity about teaching Islam in the context of
social studies and world religions. If you are interested in a
registration form or more infomration on this or other
opportunities - visit the professional
development section

ELL Eligibility for Placement in EXCEL

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.



End of the Year Reminders

  • Please keep in mind that the following items will need to
    be completed by June 9:

    • Complete Spring Checklists. Print a copy for the
      cumulative folders (remember, to print from ELL Campus you
      need to first click on the "reports" tab)

    • Collaboratively complete the end of the year Summary
      Report with classroom teachers

    • Be sure that the TEAE/MN Solom reports are in the
      students' cumulative folders


Statement on ELL Services for ELL
students with Special Ed needs:

In the past, students with an HLQ other than English
who scored below the 30th percentile on a standardized reading
test were placed into ELL classes. Most ELL students advance to
the next ELL level each school year. It has come to our
attention that many of our students in Level 1 and 2 ELL
classes have either been born in this country or started their
formal schooling in this country. Clearly the students who have
been in this country longer than 3 years who remain in level 1
and 2 classes have needs which deal with more than just
language acquisition. Many of these students have special ed
needs which cannot be met in the Level 1 and 2 classes. The
level 1 and 2 classes are for students who are new to this
country and language, and who do not have the academic and
social English language skills needed to achieve in our

As of next school year, 2004-2005, the ELL department asks
that students who have been in the country more than 3 years
not be placed into Level 1 and 2 ELL classes. Students who have
been here longer than 3 years and who still qualify for service
will have the opportunity to be placed in the Level 3 or 4
classes, but will also need to have a schedule of classes which
take into account their special ed needs. We ask that ELL
teachers, Special Ed teams and counselors work together at the
sites to ensure proper placement for students with a home
language other than English and who have special needs as
identified in their I.E.P.

Secondary ELL Curriculum

As a follow-up to the secondary ELL teacher meetings
held in March we are forming a Secondary Curriculum Task Force
to write ELL secondary curriculum and to align courses with the
English Language Proficiency Standards and State Academic

The task force will meet on the following dates:

  • Thursday, May 20th from 3:30 to 5:30pm at 360 Colborne
    in room D

    • Thursday, June 10th from 8 am to 3 pm in room D

    • Friday, June 11th from 8 am to 3 pm in room 4B (on
      the fourth floor)

    All participants will receive curriculum-writing pay.

    Interested middle and junior high ELL teachers, please
    contact Anne Lowe.

    Interested high school ELL teachers, please contact
    Michael Bowlu


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