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August 7, 2013

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CAL SIOP Resources

New SIOP Classroom Video from CAL

SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three Grade Levels
Three videos, available on one DVD with a companion viewers guide, illustrate three SIOP lessons at different grade levels: second grade, eighth grade, and high school/GED. Designed to deepen understanding of SIOP Model implementation at the classroom level and to support professional development initiatives, these videos are also used in CAL SIOP professional development workshops and online learning.
Learn more and watch a video clip.

Publication: New CAL SIOP Professional Development Manual coverUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction
This updated and expanded professional development manual is designed to assist teacher educators, staff developers, and leaders at the school, district, and state levels as they prepare teachers of English language learners to use the SIOP Model. By incorporating this instructional model in their classroom, teachers can improve the language proficiency and grade-level content knowledge of their linguistically and culturally diverse students. Learn more.

Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Services From CAL
CAL collaborates with schools and districts to design and conduct SIOP professional development programs that meet their particular needs. Informed by CAL's ongoing research, our experienced CAL SIOP team can provide a range of services, including SIOP workshops, coaching, site visits, and technical assistance, to create a sustainable SIOP professional development plan. CAL also offers professional development in the SIOP Model for adult language learners.
Visit our website to learn more.


Hot Topics in ELL Education

Hot Topics logoNew Professional Development Resources
CALís new Hot Topics in ELL Education resources are designed to meet the rising demand for practical, research-based strategies to address critical issues in ELL education.

The first two professional development offerings in the series help teachers provide instruction that targets the demands of the Common Core State Standards for learners at the early levels of English language proficiency and are supported by the following materials.

Publication: Listening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language LearnersListening and Speaking: Oral Language and Vocabulary Development for English Language Learners
This teacher-oriented practical workbook provides research foundations for listening and speaking and principles of instruction for English language learners. It includes real-world examples, research-based principles of instruction, and a companion DVD with new authentic classroom videos. This practical tool is designed for classroom teachers in elementary and middle schools (Grades K-8).

Publication: Math and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language LearnersMath and Science: Skills and Strategies to Adapt Instruction for English Language Learners
This workbook addresses research foundations and principles of instruction for teaching math and science to English language learners. It focuses on the language of math and science, making math and science comprehensible, developing higher order thinking, and the Common Core State Standards for mathematics. A companion DVD provides authentic classroom videos that demonstrate key concepts.

Learn more about the professional development workshop series and the materials.


Newcomers

Refugee and Immigrant Integration: Working With Newcomers

Workshop Spotlight: Multiculturalism in the Classroom
This workshop specifically targets teachers working with newcomers, immigrants, and refugees, as well as American-born students. Designed to help teachers promote tolerance, diversity, and cultural connections within their classrooms, the workshop provides hands-on guidance on the use of the refugee family and youth videos, A New Day and Be Who You Are, and the companion facilitator's guide, Connecting Diverse Cultures. The workshop incorporates active learning, practical exercises, and group discussions in order to promote engagement and ease of application. Developed for maximum flexibility, the workshop is appropriate for educators working in K–12 classrooms, adult education settings, and the training of trainers. Learn more.

Publications: Understanding Cultural Diversity Through the Power of VideoUnderstanding Cultural Diversity Through the Power of Video
Connecting Diverse Cultures, CAL's new facilitator's guide, serves as a companion to our refugee families and youth DVD, which includes the videos A New Day and Be Who You Are. This guide incorporates segments of the videos into a selection of engaging activities designed to help increase understanding of and respect for other cultures and beliefs. This guide has been developed to assist teachers and facilitators in enhancing tolerance and multiculturalism in K–12 classrooms and in adult ESL or basic education classes.

Learn more and view a video clip.


Featured Publications

Connecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You Are coverConnecting Diverse Cultures: A Video Guide for A New Day and Be Who You Are
Connecting Diverse Cultures features practical and effective activity plans designed to help facilitators, teachers, and trainers increase understanding of and appreciation for other cultures and beliefs. Developed as a companion to the videos A New Day and Be Who You Are (which address issues regarding refugee families and youth in the United States) this practical and informative guide incorporates segments of the video into engaging activities. Learn more.

Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 2nd Edition coverGuiding Principles for Dual Language Education, 2nd Edition
Grounded in evidence from research and best practices, the guiding principles described in this CAL publication were developed to help dual language programs with planning and ongoing implementation. Learn more.

Immersion Education: Practices, Policies, Possibilities coverImmersion Education: Practices, Policies, Possibilities
This publication from Multilingual Matters showcases the practice and promise of immersion education through in-depth investigations of program designs, implementation practices, and policies in one-way, two-way, and indigenous programs. Contributors, including CAL senior fellow Donna Christian and CAL trustee Fred Genesee, present new research and reflect on possibilities for strengthening practices and policies in immersion education. Learn more.

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