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- eGrant Training for First Time Users
   Monday, May 2, 2011, 3 p.m. (CDT)
- Consolidated Application 2011-12
   Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 3 p.m. (CDT)
- LEA Annual Title I Report Meeting
   Thursday, May 5, 2011, 3 p.m. (CDT)
- Give your students online study tools
- Help ELL students put words on paper
- Boost comprehension and word recognition skills with rereading





eGrant Training for First Time Users

Monday, May 2, 2011, 3 p.m. (CDT)

This meeting will be for those who are new to the eGrant system. The focus of this presentation will be how to maneuver through the system explaining how sections work together; how to get a login and password; and how information is received through the system. You are invited you to attend an online meeting using Live Meeting.

Join the meeting.
Audio Information
Telephone conferencing

Choose one of the following:
• Start Live Meeting client, and then in Voice & Video pane under Join Audio options, click Call Me. The conferencing service will call you at the number you specify. (Recommended)
• Use the information below to connect:
Toll-free: +1 (866) 410-8397
Participant code: 6057734716

First Time Users:
To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

Troubleshooting
Unable to join the meeting? Follow these steps:
1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:
https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/stateofsd1/join
2. Copy and paste the required information:
Meeting ID: S4ZJ9Q

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support.

Notice

Microsoft Office Live Meeting can be used to record meetings. By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.




Consolidated Application 2011-12

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 3 p.m. (CDT)

This meeting will be to discuss the information included in the consolidated application, any changes to questions that have been made and to field questions participants may have.

Join the meeting.
Audio Information
Telephone conferencing

Choose one of the following:
• Start Live Meeting client, and then in Voice & Video pane under Join Audio options, click Call Me. The conferencing service will call you at the number you specify. (Recommended)
• Use the information below to connect:
Toll-free: +1 (866) 410-8397
Participant code: 6057734716

First Time Users:
To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

Troubleshooting
Unable to join the meeting? Follow these steps:
1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:
https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/stateofsd1/join
2. Copy and paste the required information:
Meeting ID: S4ZJ9Q

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support.

Notice

Microsoft Office Live Meeting can be used to record meetings. By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.




LEA Annual Title I Report Meeting

Thursday, May 5, 2011, 3 p.m. (CDT)

This meeting will be for those who are new to the eGrant system. The focus of this presentation will be how to maneuver through the system explaining how sections work together; how to get a login and password; and how information is received through the system. You are invited you to attend an online meeting using Live Meeting.

Join the meeting.
Audio Information
Telephone conferencing

Choose one of the following:
• Start Live Meeting client, and then in Voice & Video pane under Join Audio options, click Call Me. The conferencing service will call you at the number you specify. (Recommended)
• Use the information below to connect:
Toll-free: +1 (866) 410-8397
Participant code: 6057734716

First Time Users:
To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.

Troubleshooting
Unable to join the meeting? Follow these steps:
1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:
https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/stateofsd1/join
2. Copy and paste the required information:
Meeting ID: S4ZJ9Q

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support.

Notice

Microsoft Office Live Meeting can be used to record meetings. By participating in this meeting, you agree that your communications may be monitored or recorded at any time during the meeting.







Give your students online study tools

Online study tools can be an important option for your students. They should not be the only choice, of course, since some students may not have a computer at home. But they can help boost student achievement whenever students have the option to get online--at home, at the library or in the classroom.

Two of the best-known online study tools are Quizlet and Quia. (Quia requires a subscription; Quizlet is free.)

Quizlet allows you to:
• Make online flash cards that are similar to traditional paper flashcards.
• Keep track of students' answers. It allows students to go back and try again on their incorrect answers.
• Create a variety of quizzes, including short answer, true and false, matching and multiple choice.
• Create games that allow students to test themselves while racing against a clock.


If your school provides a subscription, consider Quia (Quintessential Instructional Archive). Quia contains features that let you search for material other teachers have created, and to collaborate with other teachers in your own school.

Reprinted with permission from the May 2011 issue of Better Teaching® (Elementary Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2011 The Teacher Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Sources: Quizlet, "FAQ: How do I make flash cards on Quizlet?" http://quizlet.com/faqs/faq-how-do-i-make-flash-cards/ and Quia, "Take a look inside Quia Web," www.quia.com/quicktour.html.




Help ELL students put words on paper

Writing can be a complex developmental process for any student. For an ELL student, it's all the more daunting. Here are some ways you can help:

• Begin with drawing. Most students enjoy creating artwork. For an ELL student, drawing can become the first form of written communication.
• Model work of students who are slightly ahead in the process. Let the ELL student know that these students once started the same way. But they are making progress--and so can he.
• Have the student write in his native language to practice getting words down on paper. This is an important part of the process and the concept should not be lost.
• Take dictation. Ask the student to dictate to you. Write down what he's saying, but use proper grammar and sentence structure. Explain any of the changes or corrections you have made.

Reprinted with permission from the May 2011 issue of Better Teaching® (Elementary Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2011 The Teacher Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Source: Katharine Davies Samway and Dorothy Taylor, Teaching English Language Learners: Strategies That Work, ISBN: 978-0-439-92647-8, Scholastic.




Boost comprehension and word recognition skills with rereading

"Read it again, Sam." With apologies again to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca, that advice can help students improve their word identification skills. But how can you get students to read something a second, third or even fourth time?

Here are some ideas:

• Read to somebody else. Spend 10 minutes giving each student a chance to read aloud with a partner, switching off after five minutes. You can rotate around the room, listening to different students each time.

• Read to something. Do you have a pet in your room? Ask a student to "Read a story to our guinea pig." Or bring in a big stuffed animal who will be a willing listener.

• Record the reading. Use an audio recorder or a video camera to record the student reading a selection aloud. As a bonus, these recordings can be shared with parents who cannot get to your classroom.

• Use sentence strips. Cut a story into sentence strips and give a student two or three sentences. Read one sentence aloud and ask the student to find the correct strip. Then have the student read it back to you. Or give the student three or four sentences to put in the correct order.

Reprinted with permission from the May 2011 issue of Better Teaching® (Elementary Edition) newsletter. Copyright © 2011 The Teacher Institute®, a division of NIS, Inc. Source: Linda Higbee Mandlebaum et al., "Get Students to Read it Again," Intervention in School and Clinic, May 2007, Hammill Institute on Disabilities.
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