Weekly Facts 2003-2004

 
October 8, 2003 Weekly Facts


Joint
Information



Educational Assistant Trainings


Here are the training dates for ELL educational
assistants. We've divided the elementary EAs into two groups. The
attached document will tell you who is assigned to group A or B.
Most trainings are half days with the exception of November 21 and
January 16. These two dates will be all day and everybody will be
coming together for training on the basics of written
translations.




























































































































Date



Time



Location



Group



Topic



10/9/03




8:00- 11:00




360 Colborne, Aud. A




Secondary EAs




TEAE & Behavioral Management




10/10/03




8:30- 11:30




360 Colborne, Aud. A




Elem.- Group A




TEAE & Behavioral Management




10/10/03




12:30- 3:30




360 Colborne, Aud. A




Elem.- Group B




TEAE & Behavioral Management




11/21/03




8:00- 3:30




Junior Achievement




Secondary EAs, Group A & B




Written Translations Part. 1




1/16/04




8:00- 3:30




Junior Achievement




Secondary EAs, Group A & B




Written Translations Part. 2




2/12/03




8:00- 11:00




360 Colborne, Aud. A




Secondary EAs




To Be Determined




2/13/03




8:30- 11:30




360 Colborne, Aud. A




Elem.- Group A




To Be Determined




2/13/03




12:30- 3:30




360 Colborne, Aud. A




Elem.- Group B




To Be Determined






EA Training Groups (this link will download a pdf file to your computer)



MN-SOLOM and TEAE Information


Trainings:
ELL teachers and specific secondary English teachers should attend one training session. Please see the registration form on the Registration Form for TEAE/MN-SOLOM Training Sessions. Teachers will be compensated at $16.40 per hour for this training. The following are the remaining teacher training dates:

Elementary Schools


  • October 8 4:00-5:30 PM, rooms D and E
  • October 9 4:00-5:30 PM, rooms J and K
  • October 15 4:00-5:30 PM, cafeteria

Secondary Schools



  • October 8 3:00-4:30 PM, Auditorium B
  • October 9 3:00-4:30 PM, Auditorium B
  • October 14 7:30-9:00 AM, rooms J and K
  • October 15 3:00-4:30 PM, rooms D and E


Update:
Thank you for all your effort thus far in preparing for the TEAE/MN-SOLOM assessment. If you haven't signed up for a TEAE/MN-SOLOM training session yet, please do. Lists and labels of students to be tested are available at the training. Next Wednesday, Phi Vu will send out an updated list of students to be tested who were not on the original list, with their MARSS number on it. If you don't receive it next week please email him. His email address is: phi.vu@spps.org

Metritech has already sent out testing materials. Some schools have received them. Please contact your building testing coordinator to inquire about your materials.

By the end of this week, TEAE/MN-SOLOM notification letters will be mailed out to all parents.

Please contact Phi Vu if you have any questions regarding TEAE/MN-SOLOM issues. Thank you for all your effort.



Home Language Questionnaire


All students - whether they are ELLs or not - are required by state law to have a Home Language recorded. We will be sending out lists of students who do not have a Home Language listed soon. Home Languages should only be changed in exceptional circumstances.


Remember that an answer other than English on ANY of the questions on the HLQ qualifies - the other qualifing requirements for ELL service must then be met. Without a Home Language, a student cannot qualify for ELL services.


A Home Language Questionnaire can be created in ELL Campus.


For reference, there is a Home Language Code List. here in the ELL Website.


Vocabulary Building Strategies for English
Language Learners.


Help your ELL students build their speaking vocabulary
and understanding of related content skills. For more information
and registration forms, you can go directly to the Vocabulary
Building Strategies for ELLs
page.


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.



Classroom Management for Diverse Populations


Participants will learn how relationship-building techniques such as morning meetings, goal setting and model/practice support English language learning. We will discuss student choice and classroom rules as “can do’s.” Teacher language and clear expectations will be a focus. For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Classroom Management for Diverse Populations page.



Teaming with Bilingual Educational Assistants


Participants will analyze and evaluate best models for working more collaboratively with paraprofessionals in the classroom to better serve all students. For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Teaming with Bilingual Educational Assistants page.

More Information on Professional Devlopment


For more information on the above opportunities and other Professional Development Opportunities, click the Professional Development Opportunities button on the left.



Elementary
Information



Power of Language--MATH


Comprehension of word problems in mathematics is more than simply a function of reading skills. Participants will learn what makes story problems difficult for English Language Learners and how to minimize these difficulties in order to make math content accessible. Participants will also be able to adapt the Everyday Mathematics curriculum to better serve the needs of English language learners. This workshop is for K-6 classroom teachers. Please post and share with your staff. For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Power of Language--Math page.



Writer's Workshop


The ELL Department is pleased to announce that, in addition to all ELL teachers, we are opening these sessions to ALL teachers K-6 that are part of the Project for Academic Excellence. We encourage staff to join in teams.


We have extended the writer's workshop registration to Oct. 17 for the K-6 sessions to give you an opportunity to register if you haven't and are still thinking about it. This is the same training offered by the Center for Academic Excellence to teachers.


We are able to offer 3 inservice credits or 2 Hamline semester graduate credits at $95 per credit for this training if you would prefer credits instead of the stipend. The stipend is $16.40 per hour.


Writer's Workshop Registration


English PreLAS2000 Scores Due


English Pre-LAS scores are due by this Friday: October 10.


Please send the scores on the Pre-LAS Data Score Sheets to Al Levin at the ELL Department via inter-district mail. The Score Sheet is the same as the one used last year. Please be sure to include the students' CIF number and indicate (using a "K") if the child is a KLDM student. If you do not have the Score Sheet, you may download the PDF file (see bottom of this Weekly Facts) to print and make copies as needed.


Pre-LAs Form (this link has been corrected and will download a pdf file to your computer)



LCD Teachers and Educational Assistants


Spanish PreLAS 2000 Scores Due

Please, complete the Spanish Pre-LAS testing and send the scores by October 24, 2003.


Send the scores on the LCD Pre-LAS Scores Sheet to Maria Alicia Arabbo at the ELL Department via inter-district mail. If you use other form please indicate LCD Spanish in the heading.


Here is the form:


Pre-LAS Spanish.pdf



Reminder - Language Acadamy meetings to plan logistics for site visits.


Group 1



School pairs



  • 1a. Highwood Hills, b. Linwood,Battle Creek
  • 2a. Frost Lake, b.Mississippi
  • Mon. Oct. 13th. 4:00-6:00 p.m. Aud. A

Group 2



School pairs



  • 1a. Hancock, b. Vento
  • 2a. Homecroft, b. Wellstone
  • Wed. Oct. 22nd. 4:00- 6:00 p.m. Aud. A

Please note that there are a few changes. As both Highwood Hills and Linwood are REA schools working with the University, the U. asked that we pair them. I have done that. I hope that is o.k. with you at Homecroft and Wellstone. I had initially paired Wellstone and Highwood Hills as they both had 6th. grade programs. But both Homecroft and Wellstone have large Spanish speaking populations so that is a characteristic they have in common!


Also, I forgot to bring the time sheets to sign for those who came to the new L.A. teachers meetings. I will bring them at these meetings.


See you at the meetings!


Study Groups for Elementary ELL Teachers


ELL Elementary Circles are back with a new name: Study Groups for Elementary ELL Teachers.


Participants will be provided with an opportunity to come together to read, share, and discuss professional articles and their implication for teaching in a large urban public school district. Participants will be required to read assigned articles on educational issues prior to the meetings. The dates of the Study Groups are:



  • November 12, 2003
  • January 14, 2004
  • February 19, 2004
  • March 17, 2004
  • April 15, 2004

Participants should plan to attend all sessions and will
receive a stipend.


Please register with Mai Vang




Secondary
Information


TEAE and MN-SOLOM Tests



Your principal has received a letter from Maria Lamb and Valeria Silva in the Superintendents Bulletin regarding the upcoming TEAE and MN SOLOM assessments. It explains the importance of getting all of our students tested and assessed between October 20 and 31. This letter includes a list of teacher training dates, which are as follows (only the remaining dates are shown):



  • October 8 3- 4:30 PM auditorium B
  • October 9 3 -4:30 PM auditorium B
  • October 14 7:30 - 9AM rooms J and K
  • October 15 3 -4:30 PM rooms D and E


Got Books?



Do you have any of the following books sitting on a shelf gathering dust? The following books are needed ASAP for ELL classes. Please call or e-mail the teacher listed below to lend or give up books that you are not using. You may also submit requests for books that you need for your classes (contact your TOSA). Thank you!



























































































































The books that are needed include:




Quantity requested




Needed by




School




Phone Number




First Steps in Academic Writing




15




Claudia Reeve




Arlington




293-6900




Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind




25




Claudia Reeve




Arlington




293-6900




Oxford Picture Dictionary




20




Mohamed Hadi




Arlington




293-6900




Choice Readings




60




Scott Hall




Johnson Sr.




293-8890




Passing the MN Basic Standards Test in Math




15




Scott Hall




Johnson Sr.




293-8890




Assessment Handbook for Highpoints Basics Books




01




Darlene Kunze




Harding




793-4700




Maps, Globes and Graphs level D




09




Leona Haupt




Battle Creek Middle




293-8960




Maps, Globes and Graphs level E




10




Leona Haupt




Battle Creek Middle




293-8960




Need Books?



The Johnson High ELL Department has a number of books that might be of use in your classroom. If you are interested, please contact Scott Hall to make plans to pick up the books. The approximate titles and quantities available are:



  • Physical Science (for Inquiry Science classes) - 30
  • Focus on Science, Books A, B, C, and D - 25 of each
  • Earth Science- Oceans and Atoms - 25
  • Chemistry Series with 3 sets (Atoms, Mixtures, and
    Reactions) - 25 of each
  • Composition Practice 1 and 2 - 20 of each
  • Making Connections - 60+
  • Labach 1, 2, 3, 4 - 25 of each
  • First Words - 20
  • Starting to Read - 20
  • Rainbow Readers - 20 of each (Darlene Kunze at Harding also
    has extra copies of these if you need some)
  • My World (Readers) - 20

Contact Michael
Bowlus
at 767-8309 or by e-mail if you are interested in the
following books that are also available:



  • Voices in Literature Gold
  • America: The Early Years
  • America: After Independence

 

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