Subject: May 2017 - News from Metro ECSU

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May 2017 Vol. 24, No. 4

School is ending, but keep your brain sharp with these ELL and Co-Teaching workshops in June!
Martina Wagner is presenting three June workshops at Metro ECSU. You can always expect a great workshop with Martina! She is an engaging, energetic expert in English Language Learning and Co-Teaching.

Sheltered Instruction
Date: June 20-22, 2017
Location: Metro ECSU
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Co-Teaching Basics

Date: June 27, 2017
Location: Metro ECSU
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Leading and Supporting Co-Teaching Systems

Date: June 29, 2017
Location: Metro ECSU
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Comment from a past Sheltered Instruction workshop participant:
With this training, I didn’t have to change how I taught. I just had to rethink it for the ELL and Academic Language Learners in my class!

And from a past Co-Teaching workshop participant:
This session is spot on...We didn’t realize there are so many ways to develop a strong co-teaching classroom and partnership, and to identify ways to reach each learner in our co-taught class.

For more information about these workshops and to register, visit:
Plan ahead for Success Beyond the Classroom's 2017-2018 programs!
Between SBC's three days of STEMLink and four days of the Young Authors Conference nearly 5,000 students from across the Twin Cities metro area will have participated in one of Success Beyond the Classroom's student programs this May and June.

Mark your calendars for our 2017-18 programs:


Participants: 5th-8th graders
Dates: November 14, 15, and 16, 2017
Location: Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul
Registration is open.

Creativity Festival
Participants: 3rd-5th graders
Dates: January 9, 10, and 11, 2018
Location: Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Registration will open this summer.

Future City Competition (FCC)
Participants: 6th-8th graders
Program runs September 2017 to January 2018.
Registration is open.

2018 FCC essay topic:The Age-Friendly City!
Team Challenge:Identify an age-related challenge that exists in today’s urban environments and engineer two innovative solutions that allow your future city’s senior citizens to be as active, independent, and engaged as they want to be.

Middle Grades Knowledge Bowl
Participants: 6th-8th graders
Program runs November 2017-February 2018.
Registration will open this summer.

Senior High Knowledge Bowl
Participants: 9th-2th graders
Program runs January-April 2018.
Registration will open this summer.

Young Authors Conference (YAC)
Participants: 4th-8th graders
Dates: March 16, 2018 & May 29, 30, 31, and June 1, 2018
Location: Bethel University, Arden Hills
Registration will open this summer.


Participants: 5th and 6th graders
Dates: Spring 2018
Locations: Normandale Community College, Century College, and Dunwoody College
Registration will open in Fall 2017.

Success Beyond the Classroom

2016-2017 Student Programs in Pictures

Thank you for your participation and enthusiasm for SBC programs! See you next year!

Take advantage of summer PODD workshops!
PODD Five-Day Advanced Workshop
July 31 to August 1, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day at Metro ECSU
This course aims to build on current knowledge and fluency using PODD communication books for those who have begun to implement these strategies with students. Focus will be on building fluency, refining observational assessment and implementation planning skills, and strategies for training communication partners. The course will also provide opportunities for problem-solving more complex challenges. Content will include case studies from participants.

PODD One-Day Communication Partner Training
August 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Metro ECSU
This overview will provide teachers, paraprofessionals, parents, and other communication partners with an introduction to PODD communication systems. Participants will be given hands-on practice with tips for using PODD systems in daily life. This is a great opportunity for IEP team members of those in the five-day training.

For full details, go to:
Don't miss Metropolitan Principals' Academy summer training opportunity!
The Metropolitan Principals' Academy (MPA) is excited to bring Dr. Mike Schmoker to town on July 27, 2017 at the Shoreview Community Center. Mike, a highly regarded speaker, has background as both an administrator and a teacher. He has written six books (including Leading with Focus, and Focus: Elevating the Essential to Radically Improve Student Learning) and articles for a variety of publications.

Teamwork time is integrated with this workshop, so bring a team!
Learn from Mike and create a plan before you leave.

In this workshop, leaders will learn precisely where schools should focus their precious time and resources to ensure that all students are prepared for the demands of college, careers, and citizenship. They will learn about and how to implement the three most essential elements of good schooling:  coherent curriculum, authentic literacy, and soundly-structured lessons

This July 27 workshop is the first of four workshops in the MPA Leadership In-Service series for 2017-2018. Members attend for free, so be sure to join or renew your MPA membership before then!
Online Strategies for Literacy Continue for DHH Teachers in Fall 2017

Sessions for
The Visual Imagery Strategywill begin on October 10, 2017.This reading comprehension strategy is used by students (at grades 3 and above reading levels) to create “mental movies” of reading passages. Students learn techniques that help them visualize the scenery, characters, and action related to a passage read. They actually learn to describe what they see as they read. 
This strategy enhances reading comprehension by improving recall of facts and sequences. The Visual Imagery Strategy also requires students to tie reading passages to prior knowledge. It is offered at no charge to Minnesota public school educators of DHH students.
This initiative is made possible in part with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using Federal funding CFDA 84.027A, Special Education - Grants to States. This workshop does not necessarily represent the policy of the federal Department of Education or the state Department of Education; endorsement by the federal or state government should not be assumed.
Flyer with full details: Click Here

Two long-time Metro ECSU staff will be retiring in June
Sandy Giancola began her work at Metro ECSU in 1991 as support person for the numerous programs including the Math Science Program, Spelling Bee, Metropolitan Teachers Center, EBD Task Force, and Functional Behavior Assessment Grant. She has been the Executive Assistant to three Executive Directors, spanning over 20 years! Her organizational and communication skills, as well as her continuous ability to maintain high standards in member and customer services, have been greatly appreciated.

Kathy Pittelko has worked in the Special Education Department at Metro ECSU for 26 years. She began in the Metro SPLISE Project which is now known as the Region 11 Low Incidence Project. Kathy coordinates the work of nine Communities of Practice plus events for students who are Blind/Visually Impaired. In her time at Metro ECSU she coordinated the Track and Field Day for students who were Deaf/HH, Community Day for students who were Physically Impaired, and most recently as a promoter of the Adaptive Art Equipment, housed in what is now known as "Kathy's Corner" of the Judy Wolff Library at Metro ECSU. 

"We will miss both Kathy and Sandy," said Julie Frame, Metro ECSU Executive Director. "It's hard to imagine our organization without them!"
The staff members at Metro ECSU wish you a summer full of rest and adventure!

Metro ECSU Executive Director:
Julie Frame    

Metro ECSU
2 Pine Tree Drive, Suite 101
Arden Hills, MN 55112

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