What's New

Hello, and welcome to MinneSLIFE, a standing committee within MinneTESOL. MinneSLIFE is dedicated to serving students with limited or interrupted formal education by bringing together teachers, researchers and concerned community members. Please check back often for the most current updates.

2018 MinneSLIFE Spring Fling FULL PROGRAM now available under events tab!
6th Annual MinneSLIFE Spring Fling April 21, 2018.  Check out the flyer posted on the events tab

Dr. Patsy Egan will present a workshop titled Strategies to Foster Basic Print Literacy Skills with Adult English Learners.  February 10, 2018. University International Center. UMN. See the MinneSLIFE Events page for more information.

SPRING FLING Call for Proposals - Due February 2, 2018!!!
MinneSLIFE's annual Spring Fling brings together educators, scholars, parents, policy makers, and community members to focus on the social, cultural and political work of educating SLIFE students. This year, we invite proposals on a wide range of topics, all with a focus on SLIFE. 
Click here to see the complete Call for Proposals and the online proposal submission system.

MinneSLIFE Statement of Support


Discussing SLIFE in Greater Minnesota

posted May 3, 2015, 10:36 AM by MinneTESOL MinneSLIFE   [ updated May 3, 2015, 10:37 AM ]

As the school year rapidly winds down, MinneSLIFE has one more event to maintain momentum moving into summer. This coming Saturday, May 9th MinneSLIFE is collaborating with Faribault Public Schools to host Discussing SLIFE in Greater Minnesota from 9:30-11:30 at Faribault High School.

Sam Ouk, the EL coordinator of Faribault Public Schools, will lead us in:
  • a key note about educating SLIFE
  • and overview of Faribault's newcomer plan
  • Discussion of the 2014 LEAP Act
  • Brainstorming sessions on how to create SLIFE PD

Please come join us for this great opportunity to discuss SLIFE in greater MN. For more information please see the attached flyer, or contact Sam Ouk (souk@faribault.k12.mn.us or 507.333.6152).

Thanks and see you there,


3rd Annual MinneSLIFE Spring Fling Conference TODAY!

posted Apr 25, 2015, 7:23 AM by Aaron Cuthbert

The Spring Fling conference, hosted by MinneSLIFE in collaboration with the Secondary Interest Section of MinneTESOL, is just a few hours away! Clear your calendar and make the trek to Hamline University on Saturday, April 25th to meet with teachers, researchers and others concerned for SLIFE in Minnesota

The event will be held at Hamline University from 1-5 pm in Giddens Alumni Center. The event is (of course) free and open to the public.

Registration: 12:30 - 1:00
Welcoming: 1:00 - 1:15
Session 1: 1:20 - 2:35
Session 2: 2:50 - 4:05
Wrap up and CEUs: 4:10 - 4:30

Giddens Alumni Learning Center 100E-103E
Hamline University
1536 Hewitt Ave 
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Giddens Alumni Learning Center

Save the Date! Future MinneSLIFE Meetings

posted Oct 26, 2014, 8:11 AM by MinneTESOL MinneSLIFE   [ updated Jan 5, 2015, 4:23 PM ]

Save the Date(s)--Mark your calendars now! MinneSLIFE is excited to offer a full schedule of meetings for the 2014-2015 school year. This year our goal is to provide balanced programming in order to advocate for SLIFE as well as support classroom teachers in meeting their needs.
  • November 14, 2014: lunch and Break-out session at MELEd conference (sign up today!)
  • January 17, 2015: Advocating for SLIFE
  • April 25, 2015: Third annual 'Spring Fling' Conference
  • Mid May, 2015: Site visit/host topic--meet with southern MN/other outstate teachers. Topic and location TBD.

*meeting times may vary and will be confirmed closer to each event. Typically meetings run in the late morning.

Utilizing ACCESS data meeting

posted Oct 25, 2014, 7:08 AM by MinneTESOL MinneSLIFE   [ updated Oct 26, 2014, 7:56 AM ]

Thanks to all those who attended Saturday's meeting--20 people, our biggest meeting yet! Despite a few computer glitches it was a great success. If any one in attendance feels they need a bit more 1:1 explanation please feel free to contact us at MinneSLIFE@gmail.com

come join us for this exciting meeting! It's the first one of the year.
Participants can download necessary files here:

Welcome Back

posted Aug 30, 2014, 10:37 AM by MinneTESOL MinneSLIFE   [ updated Aug 31, 2014, 11:58 AM by Aaron Cuthbert ]

Welcome back! MinneSLIFE is excited to start the 2014-2015 school year. We look forward to a year of growth and continued advocacy for our Students. MinneSLIFE leaders Pamela Mercier, Kelly Frankenfield, James Bordewick and Aaron Cuthbert had their first meeting this school year and are planning new MinneSLIFE meetings for this coming year. Stay tuned for more information on meetings regarding:
  • Utilizing WIDA Access data to track SLIFE progress
  • Interdisciplinary Curriculum Sharing
  • SLIFE Advocacy
  • MALP Training
  • 3rd Annual MinneSLIFE Spring Conference
Meeting notes are available under "About Us" > "Meeting Notes" and here.

SLIFE and Ed Policy

posted Jun 8, 2014, 9:19 AM by Aaron Cuthbert

Recent educational policy legislation has increased the profile of SLIFE at the statewide level. Although this expansion is not as broad as one would hope it nevertheless marks an important growth of awareness within state government of unique SLIFE issues. See below for the relevant sections of legislation as per MDE:

MN SLIFE definition and laws

MinneSLIFE is Coming to Southern MN!

posted May 3, 2014, 5:20 PM by MinneTESOL MinneSLIFE   [ updated May 3, 2014, 5:28 PM ]

MinneSLIFE is coming to Southern Minnesota. Please join us on May 17, 2014 at Albert Lea High School room E-213, from 10:00am – 12noon for a presentation from Worthington teachers on how they are serving SLIFE and a great discussion on SLIFE issues focusing on Southern Minnesota!

We hope to see you there!

Address: 2000 Tiger Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007. Parking is available behind the building.

MinneSLIFE Spring Conference Materials

posted May 3, 2014, 4:54 PM by MinneTESOL MinneSLIFE

Thanks, thanks, thanks again to all who attended, presented and generally made our spring conference a success. It is important to us as an organization to share materials, as finding information on SLIFE can be challenging. We have posted up the conference materials that are currently available to us on our resources page. Please browse the materials.

If you attended but do not see something let us know and we will do our best to make it available to you!


The Conference Was a Success!

posted Apr 27, 2014, 8:29 AM by MinneTESOL MinneSLIFE   [ updated May 3, 2014, 4:30 PM ]


posted Apr 24, 2014, 2:29 PM by MinneTESOL MinneSLIFE   [ updated Apr 26, 2014, 1:55 PM ]

"Right now, the fate of Minnesota children who are learning English depends on where and how they end up in school. The least fortunate languish, falling years behind in classrooms where lessons are spooled out in a language they can’t understand.

Because conventional wisdom has held that students must learn English before they can conquer academics, others attend school in pull-out classrooms. By the time they are “mainstreamed,” they, too, can be years behind."

Minnesota is considering new ELL legislation to reform the way schools approach ELL instruction. The article and the actual text of the bill are worth the read. Please speak up, encourage your legislator to pass this bill and advocate for renewed support for SLIFE students!

HF: 3062 - Learning English for Academic Proficiency and Success Act

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