Jennifer Himmel

Senior Director, PreK-12 EL Professional Development

Jennifer Himmel currently serves as Director of PreK-12 ELL Professional Development Programs. Her work involves overseeing research-based professional development activities and technical assistance to schools, states, and districts in the United States and abroad. She also manages the CAL SIOP service line; creating educational products on the SIOP Model and leading professional development activities in the SIOP Model to over 50 schools/districts annually.

Jennifer began her educational career as an EFL teacher in Japan and Hawai'i to adult English learners and moved to the secondary level where she taught middle and high school content-based ESL in Hawai'i and Virginia. While teaching she began consulting for CAL on the development of the ACCESS for ELLs® assessment battery. Jennifer ultimately left the classroom to work at CAL as a Curriculum Developer and Research Assistant for the U.S. Department of Education funded project, Center for Research on the Educational Achievement and Teaching of English Language Learners (CREATE) that investigated academic achievement of ELLs in grades 4th-8th. Jennifer has also had the opportunity to work on the Carnegie-funded project Exemplary Programs for Newcomer English Language Learners at the Secondary Level, a 3-year research project looking at programs and best practices for newcomer secondary ELLs.

In addition to her work in research and assessment she managed a graduate level, online course that teaches ESL and content area teachers how to create test items that assess language proficiency using the WIDA Standards, and assisted with the development and facilitation of the course Content and Language Integration as a Means of Bridging Success (CLIMBS)®, designed to assist educators in applying the WIDA English language proficiency standards in their teaching using a sheltered instruction approach. Jennifer holds a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Kansas and a M.A. in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Hawai'i.


SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three Grade Levels

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.