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!

UPCOMING EVENTS: 
What: Green Card Voices Traveling Exhibit (Click Here for more information on Green Card Voices)
Where:  Slife Spring Conference! (See Below!) 

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

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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!





2016 MinneSLIFE Spring Fling Conference

posted Feb 1, 2016, 3:58 PM by minneslife@gmail.com   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 7:46 PM ]

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.

Discussing SLIFE in Greater Minnesota

posted May 3, 2015, 10:36 AM by minneslife@gmail.com   [ 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,

MinneSLIFE

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 minneslife@gmail.com   [ 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 minneslife@gmail.com   [ 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 minneslife@gmail.com   [ 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 minneslife@gmail.com   [ 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 minneslife@gmail.com

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!

--MinneSLIFE

The Conference Was a Success!

posted Apr 27, 2014, 8:29 AM by minneslife@gmail.com   [ updated May 3, 2014, 4:30 PM ]


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