May 5, 2003 Weekly Facts
May 5, 2004
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.
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 process.
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.
The HLQs are available on here.
Continued Issues with Website
We apologize again if you are encountering problems with our website. While updating the main SPPS website and moviing it to a new server, some of the ELL files were misplaced. Unfortunately, those that moved the files didn't know the ELL Department was storing them on that server and so didn't notify us that they removed the files.
That means some of our links now go to the wrong places. We are working on looking for these lost link but it has been slow. If you run across something that you feel is not working correctly, please let us know and we can let you know if it is missing or it if is something we need to create for you. The issue should mainly affect graphics and links to other pages.
Just to keep you up to date on how to access the ELL website, please review the following information
The ELL homepage can be accessed - as it always was before - through an automatic redirect at http://www.spps.org/spell (this page is designed soley to get you to one of the follwong 3 sites: the ELL website, the translation services website or the ELL Campus website)
because you will be automatically redirected, this means that you do not have to change any notes or bookmarks you may have. If, however, you would like to skip the redirect, you can access the mainpage at: http://ww2.spps.org/spell . Note that the difference between the first address and the second is a change from www. to ww2.
If this is at all confusing, just stick to using the first address listed. It was designed for that purpose. The other address have been supplied for those of you that would like to bookmark the addresses they use the most.
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.
Paying Interpreters on time
Please make sure interpreters get paid on time for their services. We have received several calls from our interpreters asking when they could expect their checks from schools.
Translation Services Coordinator, ELL Department
Saint Paul Public School District 625
360 Colborne Street
Saint Paul, MN 55101
Who are Minnesota's Recent Immigrants?
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 required.)
* To register: Complete Minnesota International Center online pre-registration form
Small World: Urbanization and the Impact of Migration - Town Meeting
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 Minnesota.
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 Bank.
(TPT and UNA members are eligible for the member rate.)
* To register: Complete Minnesota International Center online pre-registration form
OFFICE OF HUMAN RESOURCES: NCLB UPDATE: TEACHER QUALITY, PARAPROFESSIONALS
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.
- 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 assignment.
- Continue to offer tutoring and testing for paraprofessionals
- Continue to work with colleges to offer 2 year degrees for paraprofessionals
- Research and develop local assessment for paraprofessional employees and applicants.
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.
Hmong culture kit feedback session
Please come to Hmong culture kit feedback session.
We will have food, fun, and prizes in return for your valuable input and feedback.
Contact Mai Vang for more information
- Thank you for getting your Pre-LAS scores to us. Several teachers were notified that they are either missing scores for some of their students or have incorrect language codes indicated on some HLQs. Please get this information to the ELL Department as quickly as possible.
Placement Meeting for First Grade Language Academy
- There will be a mandatory meeting for ELL Educational Assistants regarding placement of kindergarten students into Language Academy Programs. This meeting will be on Wednesday, May 12 at 360 Colborne Street (Auditoriums D & E) from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm. EAs will receive a list of students that have been recommended for Language Academy. They will also receive contact information for those students and information on how to address possible questions and concerns from families. You will be notified by the end of this week if you are required to attend the meeting. Please be sure to check your email on a daily basis.
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
URGENT - Summer School Language Academy Teachers
There will be two Language Academy teachers at each of the current language academy sites. If you applied for this position make sure you contact your principal to request the language academy assignment. All Language Academy placement must complete and return a job application to ALC-Elementary before they can be hired/placed....Prospective applicants may go to www.alc.elem.spps.org to complete an online application. There is crucial that you complete the aplication and inform your building principal, ALC and Maria Alicia Arabbo by APRIL 29. Sorry for the short notice but this positions were authorized yesterday.
If you have questions contact María Alicia Arabbo at 767-8388.
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 schools.
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 Writing
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 Standards.
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