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Making Standards-Based Lessons Understandable for English Learners: The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model

Jana Echevarria, Professor of Education, California State University, Long Beach
Presented November 8, 2007

The challenges English learners encounter in learning grade-level content (e.g., math, science, social studies) through a second language are well documented. In this presentation, Dr. Echevarria provides an overview of the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) Model of instruction, which provides educators with a research-based approach for making standards-based lessons understandable for English learners. With an emphasis on engaging learners and providing ample opportunity for students to use academic English in meaningful ways, the SIOP’s 8 components and 30 features offer a framework around which lessons are organized. With its growing body of research, the SIOP Model has been shown to improve the achievement of students whose teachers implemented it to a high degree. The observation protocol is used by school administrators, teachers, staff developers, and university faculty for observing and quantifying a lesson’s effectiveness. Currently the SIOP Model is used in all 50 states in the U.S. and in several other countries.


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