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CAL SIOP Bulletin
May 2013
Professional Development
Online Resources
SIOP Publications

New CAL SIOP Website Launched

CAL SIOP has launched its new website designed to provide improved navigation and highlight the rich variety of SIOP resources available for educators. Ongoing work to expand content on the new website is underway.

Browse our new website.

Professional Development Opportunities

CAL Institutes – Summer 2013

SIOP Training of Trainers
July 8-11, 2013 ♦ Washington, DC
This comprehensive and interactive four-day institute is designed to help participants develop and deliver the SIOP Model professional development. Modeled after CAL SIOP workshops and based on the resource, Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction, participants will acquire the knowledge and skills to help PreK-12 teachers with advanced-level knowledge of SIOP to better integrate content and language instruction for English learners. This institute is designed for those with a working knowledge of the SIOP Model through past SIOP Model workshop attendance or self-study. Past participants include district professional developers, district and school-based coaches, administrators, and teacher leaders. Learn more and register.

Research-Based Vocabulary Instruction for English Learners
July 12, 2013 ♦ Washington, DC
Join CAL SIOP facilitators at this one-day institute designed to increase understanding and provide practical and research-based resources and strategies for vocabulary instruction for educators working with English learners in their classrooms and schools. The information provided at this workshop complements and expands upon several of the SIOP Model components such as Building Background, Strategies, and Interaction.
Learn more and register.

View CAL’s complete Summer Institute Calendar.

CAL SIOP Professional Development Services
The CAL SIOP team collaborates with schools, states, and districts to design and conduct SIOP Model professional development programs to meet their particular needs. Based on requests by districts and schools, CAL has developed SIOP workshops designed for specific grade level and/or content areas with a recent focus on delivering professional development services to PK-5 teachers.

We can also complement SIOP teacher workshops with coaching and lesson study services to assist teachers as they learn to incorporate the features of the SIOP Model into their lesson design and delivery.

Learn more about the range of services available.

Contact us to learn more about customizing workshops in your school or school district.

Online Resources

CREATE: Project QuEST Lesson Plan Units and Materials
CAL was a partner in the Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE). Conducted as part of CREATE’s multi-year program of research, Project QuEST (Quality English and Science Teaching) investigated a systematic intervention to concurrently develop science content knowledge and language and literacy skills in middle school English learners. An overview of QuEST curricular materials, as well as seventh grade science lesson plan materials on ecology, cycles, and genetics are available online as free, downloadable PDFs. These materials, many of which highlight SIOP techniques demonstrated in CAL SIOP workshops, can either be used in their entirety or can be adapted to fit your specific instructional context.

To learn more and download the materials, visit Project QuEST on the CREATE website.

Developing Academic Language in English Language Learners Through Sheltered Instruction
This article, co-authored by one of SIOP co-founders Deborah Short, describes a study examining the effects of Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model instruction on the academic language performance of middle and high school English language learners. Using a quasi-experimental design, the research was conducted in content area and English as a second language classes in two districts in northern New Jersey over 2 years. The results from this study further demonstrate how SIOP Model professional development can improve the quality of instruction to English learners and increase their English language achievement.

Visit the TESOL Quarterly website where members can read the full article.

CREATE Brief: Effective Practices for Increasing the Achievement of English Learners
This research brief highlights two schools’ efforts to improve the achievement of their students using the SIOP Model. These schools, one elementary and one secondary, have seen significant improvement in the performance of their English learners through the use of the SIOP Model of instruction, an approach that addresses both academic language development and access to content. The brief outlines how each school has implemented the model and supported teachers through job-embedded professional development.

Read the brief online or download the PDF.

SIOP Publications

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 offerings. Learn more and watch a video clip.

Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners book coverMaking Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP Model, 4th Edition
The fourth edition of this widely-used publication contains a comprehensive explanation of the SIOP Model and provides lesson plans and instructional activities to help teachers implement it effectively in K-12 classrooms. From its opening overview of the issues related to educating English learners to its new Chapter 12 that presents frequently asked questions with answers to help teachers get started implementing SIOP in elementary and secondary schools, the book continues to provide educators with the resource they have come to rely on as one of the most influential books in the field in years. Also available in versions for elementary or secondary educators. Learn more.

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