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!
What: Presentation on Using Native Language to Teach Emergent Literacy
When: February 18, 2017, 10:00 - 12:00 noon
Where: University of Minnesota, University International Center, 331 SE 17th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55455, Room 101
Presenter: Abdiasis Hirsi, Wellstone International High School
Free, all welcome, CEUs
What: SLIFE Spring Fling Conference-- 5th annual!
When: Sat. May 6, 2017, approx. 11:00 - 5:00 (more info TBA)
Where: St. Olaf College, Tomson Hall
Presentations/Features: keynote, 12-16 concurrent sessions, free refreshments including ethnic food, CEUs
Free conference, all welcome, no membership required
Native Language Literacy Assessment (NLLA) is Now Available!
A million thanks to Drs. Kendall King and Martha Bigelow who have just released the NLLA tool they developed at the University of Minnesota. It requires no proficiency in the various languages by proctors of the assessment, and is available in several languages. They are planning to add more languages in the future. Districts and schools may find this tool very useful in determining the literacy part of the SLIFE definition in Minnesota.
Have you seen MDE's SLIFE page?
It contains a variety of resources for identifying and serving SLIFE. Click here to check it out!
This year we are partnering with MinneTESOL's Adult, Teacher Education, and Secondary Interest Sections to convene the best spring SLIFE-focused event ever! Mark your calendar for this free event.
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:
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 (email@example.com or 507.333.6152).
Thanks and see you there,
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
1536 Hewitt Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55104
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.
*meeting times may vary and will be confirmed closer to each event. Typically meetings run in the late morning.
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! 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:
Meeting notes are available under "About Us" > "Meeting Notes" and here.
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:
We hope to see you there!
Address: 2000 Tiger Lane, Albert Lea, MN 56007. Parking is available behind the building.
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!
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