October 13, 2008

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October 13, 2008

Professional Development Opportunity for Elementary Co-teaching Partners New to Collaboration – Spec. Educ., ELL and Gen Educ.

October 21, 2008 (8:30 am to 3:30 pm; 360 Colborne, Rms A & B)

November 18, 2008 (8:30 am to 3:30 pm; 360 Colborne, Rms A & B)

January 20, 2009 (8:30 am to 3:30 pm; 360 Colborne, Rms A & B)

February 24, 2009 (8:30 am to 3:30 pm; Location TBD)

Thisprofessional development strand is for new elementary SpecialEducation- General Education co-teaching partners. Teachers mustregister as part of a team and attend all four sessions. Newco-teaching teams include teachers who have no training incollaboration / co-teaching OR who only attended the 3-hour OpeningWeek co-teaching session on co-teaching and would like to go deeperwith the topics. The sessions are organized so that the mornings arefocused on professional development topics (collaboration overview,co-teaching approaches, going deeper in planning, using assessment forplanning instruction, etc) and the afternoons are time for teamplanning.

There are a total of 80 – 100 registration slotsavailable for this PD series. Half of the slots will be for SE-GEco-teaching partners and half of the slots for ELL- GE co-teachingpartners. Please register by printing off the attached enrollment form,filling in your team information and faxing it to Kaola Yang, ELLDepartment, at 293-5411 by October 20th. We will you register you on PDExpress.


Please contact the following people for more information:
Gail Ghere – gail.ghere@spps.org or 651-293-8923, Ext 153
Anh Tran – anh.tran@spps.org or 651-767-8315

Tapestry for Teachers of English Language Learners

The Tapestry is an extensive on-line resource center for educators and administrators working with English language learners in preK–12 classrooms. It presents the research findings on teaching ELLs and on second language acquisition that provides a foundation for research-based teaching and evaluation of student learning.  
Designed to answer critical questions about teaching children who are learning English as a second language, this Tapestry, like Medieval Tapestries, is made of Sets each with its own patterns of threads framed as questions. These patterns are woven together to make a Tapestry using the 21st century web capabilities as a loom. Teachers can use the patterns to create their own Tapestry that reflects the needs of the students in their unique classroom.  

For example, a Question on Story Mapping includes documents giving both examples of maps and journal citations, and it also links to Questions within Tapestry Sets on using stories to develop vocabulary, the role of first language and oral proficiency, fluency and automaticity, and culturally aligned-curriculum.  
A Question on Sheltered Instruction (SIOP) provides teaching strategies, research citations, and a link to the SIOP website.
The Tapestry Library presents websites on Curriculum, Program and Professional Development, Bilingualism and Heritage Languages, Immigrants and Regugees, Family and Community Involvement, Legislation and Policy, Government Resources, and Funding.

Foundations of Emerging Literacy presents the research findings on:  
  • teaching phonological awareness  
  • the alphabetic principle and the advantages of bilingualism, and  
  • teaching fluency and automaticity.
Vocabulary Development presents the research findings on:
  • vocabulary development in academic reading,
  • the role of oral language proficiency  
  • first language proficiency in second language acquisition, and  
  • the explicit teaching of vocabulary.
Story Comprehension presents the research findings on:  
  • culturally aware, explicit and active comprehension instruction  
  • vocabulary acquisition with storybook reading, and
  • a model of a story map used with English language learners
Academic Reading presents the research findings on:
  • years of education required for achieving proficiency in academic tests and learning
  • comprehension of language in mathematics problems
  • comprehension of expository, or academic, texts 

Hmong Culture and History Educational Program

BuildingBridges: Learning about the Hmong: A Comprehensive Workshop for ServiceProviders, Employers and Community Members interesting in learning moreabout the history, culture and background of the Hmong people

October 24, 2008 Noon-3:30 PM at Hmong Cultural Center in Saint Paul.

Additional program information and a registration form is available at the following link:


English Language Proficiency Report

ELLteachers are responsible for completing the ELP report for each studenteligible for direct ELL services, levels 1- 4 as reported on the ELLEligibility list and in CAMPUS.  ELPs are completed for the fall,spring, and end-of-the-year reporting periods. ELL teachers should alsocollaborate with general education teachers to complete the summaryreport in the areas in which they serve students (e.g., if the ELL andgeneral education teacher deliver collaborative instruction duringReaders Workshop).

The ELP Report:
  • is aligned with the  national TESOL and Minnesota ELP standards.
  • addressessocial and academic language in the context of the content areas(whereas the summary report addresses content standards).
  • can be accessed online using similar procedures as the Progress Reports used by general education teachers and specialists.
  • should be printed and distributed to families at conference time.
  • paper copies should be filed in each student’s cumulative folder upon completion at the end of the year.
  • ELL teachers should email the ELP file to their TOSA upon completion at every reporting period.
Pleasesend a representative from each school, someone who did not attendtraining last year, to one of the ELP Trainings offered this year.  ELLteachers who are the only ELL teacher at their school and were trainedlast year are welcome to attend if they would like a refresher. Thetraining will cover the content of the English Language ProficiencyMatrix and include technical instructions for downloading, completingand submitting the reports.  Laptops will available for practice withthe technical aspects of the report.  Please work with youradministration to provide coverage as needed.  Please register onPDEXpress as soon as possible to attend at your preferred time.

ELP Trainings will all be held at 360 Colborne.
Tuesday, October 14, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, room E/F
Monday, October 20, 3:00 – 5:00 PM, room J/K
Wednesday, October 22, 8:00 -10:00 AM, room A

If you have any questions about this training, please contact your TOSA.

Across the Waves:  Voices From the Asian-Pacific American Community

Kazoua Kong-Thao has invited Saint Paul's secondary teachers and administrators to a screening of a new educational documentary with lesson plans for middle and high school teachers.  Ms. Kong-Thao was interviewed for the documentary, and will be at the screening along with the producers. 

This event will take place on Thursday, October 16, 2008, at the Science Museum of Minnesota.  A reception will begin at 5:30, and the program will take place at 6:45. A voucher for parking will be provided at the event.  Business attire is requested.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by October 14 to erik.peterson@farmersinsurance.com or 952.229.3775.  See attached flyer for additional details.

"Finding the Language to Teach Science" from Edweek (Oct. 7, 2008)

The elementary teacher is one of more than 400 educators in the Miami-Dade County, Fla., school system taking part in a professional-development and curriculum program that attempts to build students’ science knowledge while also helping them master English. Developed by researchers at the University of Miami, the Promoting Science among English Language Learners program, or P-SELL, addresses a number of the crucial challenges facing elementary teachers in urban districts and other communities that have seen an influx of non-native English-speakers. 

For the full article please go to

Panel Presentation: Worksite Raids vs. Human Rights: The Struggle for Justice in America's War on Immigration

From Advocates for Human Rights:  

Join us for a public presentation by Dr. Erik Camayd-Freixas to be held at:  Temple of Aaron, 616 Mississippi River Blvd, St. Paul, Sunday, October 19th 7:00-9:00pm.
Please stay for a panel of responders following the presentation.
Dr. Camayd was one of 16 interpreters at the hearings in Iowa after Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the largest single-site immigration raid in U.S. history, at AgriProcessors, Inc. He made international headlines with his essay, "Interpreting after the Largest ICE Raid in U.S. History: A Personal Account," denouncing the criminalization of workers, current immigration enforcement tactics, and the politics of intolerance.
Dr. Camayd is Professor of Latin American Literature and Director of the Translation & Interpretation Program at Florida International University.  He has trained more than 3,000 interpreters representing over 40 different languages and has interpreted internationally for eight different heads of state, as well as for Pope Benedict XVI.  

$15 suggested donation, to be donated to Postville families affected by the raid.  FFI: Lauren Bastien (lauren@jewishcommunityaction.org, 651.632.2184)

Ethiopian Children's Literacy Advocate, Founder of "Ethiopia Reads" to Speak at Minneapolis Central Library

Yohannes Gebregeorgis, a native of Ethiopia and children’s literacy advocate, will share his personal journey about his work setting up libraries and promoting reading in Ethiopia at a free program 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 22 in Pohlad Hall at Minneapolis Central Library, 300 Nicollet Mall.
Growing up in rural Ethiopia with very little access to books, Gebregeorgis was 19 years old the first time he picked up a book for pleasure. This experience went on to shape his life as a literacy advocate, children’s book author, and co-founder of Ethiopia Reads.
Gebregeorgis came to the United States in 1983 seeking political asylum from the then-military dictatorship in Ethiopia. He worked as a hospital pharmacist and continued pursuing his education, earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in journalism and English literature and a Master’s degree in library science.
Later, as a children’s librarian at the San Francisco Public Library, Gebregeorgis realized there were few books published in local Ethiopian languages.  So he wrote "Silly Mammo," the first bilingual Amharic-English children's book.
In 2002, Gebregeorgis left his job in San Francisco and returned to Ethiopia.  With 15,000 books donated by the San Francisco Children's Library, he opened a children's library on the first floor of his Addis Ababa home.  The library was so deluged by children that it soon required the addition of two large tents.
In a country with a 30 percent literacy rate, Gebregeorgis founded the non-profit, Ethiopia Reads, as a way to put books into the hands of children and to promote a culture of reading.  Ethiopia Reads builds libraries and also has a popular donkey-powered mobile library that takes books from village to village. The organization also publishes children’s books in local Ethiopian languages and sends shipments of donated books from the United States to Ethiopia.  http://www.ethiopiareads.org/
Gebregeorgis was recently honored as a CNN Hero of the Week, which recognized his work to bring positive global change by empowering children through education. The video can be viewed here:  http://www.cnn.com/2008/WORLD/africa/04/30/heroes.ethiopia/index.html.
Gebregeorgis now lives in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he organizes the opening of libraries, continues to publish books, and trains library staff.
For more information:  612-630-6238.

Events Sponsored by The Red Balloon

Christopher Lincoln, Author
October 18, Saturday, 10:30am
With Halloween rapidly approaching, it’s time to get in the “spirit” of the holiday by attending today’s publication party for the new book Billy Bones: A Tale from the Secrets Closet. Author Christopher Lincoln filled the book with quests, schemes, unexpected spirits, and lost-and-found ghosts.
Ten-year-old Billy Bones thinks his life is pretty ordinary – for a skeleton, that is. Billy and his parents, who are living their afterlives at High Manners Manor, aren’t supposed to leave their closet, where they file and store the vast amount of secrets produced by the manor’s human occupants. Billy is bored and longs to venture into the wide world, where he is sure to become a pirate captain if only given a decent chance. His real adventure, however, begins when he accidentally makes his first human friend. Billy soon learns just what amazing opportun ities for heroism and deceit the world outside the closet has to offer – and that secrets can be explosive when they are finally let out!
Christopher Lincoln graduated from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University and spent nearly a decade working as an animator. This is his first novel. He lives in Shorewood, Minnesota.
Bill Konigsberg, Author
October 19, Sunday, 2:00pm

Award-winning Associated Press sports writer Bill Konigsberg visits The Red Balloon Bookshop this afternoon to present Out of the Pocket, his first novel for young adults. It’s the compelling story of 17-year-old Bobby Framingham, the star quarterback of the football team. Even though Bobby is one of the most talented high-school football players in California, he knows he’s different from his teammates. They’re like brothers, but they don’t know one essential thing: Bobby is gay. After he’s outed by a student reporter, Bobby must find a way to earn back his teammates’ trust and accept that his path to success might be more public, and more difficult than he had hoped.
Darren Shan, Author
October 20, Monday, 7:00pm

Tonight, when you meet author Darren Shan, you will begin to understand why Death’s Shadow, the seventh novel in his best-selling Demonata series, will terrify readers long after they finish the last page! Out of the destruction that occurred in the aftermath of the apocalypse and the burning of the world, new life has emerged. Bec is back to face the Demonata. After centuries of imprisonment, she’s more powerful than ever, but the demons no longer stand alone. Something else has crawled out of the darkness with her. Lord Loss is no longer humanity’s greatest threat.
Darren Shan was born in London, moved to Ireland when he was six, and continues to live there. He grew up watching old horror films and reading spooky comics. His popular Cirque du Freak series has sold over 1.5 million copies in the United States and is currently being adapted for film.
Louis Sachar, Author
October 23, Thursday, 7:00pm

Ten years ago, the book Holes was released and a thrilling adventure began for readers who, through its pages, accompanied Stanley Yelnats to Camp Green Lake to dig holes “five feet wide and five feet deep.” Tonight we celebrate the tenth anniversary of Holes with Louis Sachar, the author of this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime, punishment, and redemption. Mr. Sachar will discuss and autograph the special Tenth Anniversary Edition of Holes. Holes has won many awards during the past decade, including the 1999 Newbery Medal and the 1998 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Seize this opportunity to celebrate an acclaimed book and revered author!

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