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CAL SIOP Bulletin
March 2011
SIOP Content Area Workshops
SIOP in Fresno Unified School District
Digest: Coaching Language Teachers
Featured Publications

Professional Development Solutions Using the SIOP Model

CAL collaborates with schools, states, and districts to design and conduct SIOP professional development programs that meet their particular needs. Informed by CAL's ongoing research, our experienced SIOP team can provide a range of services, including SIOP workshops, coaching, site visits, and technical assistance. Visit our Web site to browse our SIOP resource collection.

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This issue of SIOP Bulletin explores the theme of developing and sustaining a long term SIOP professional development initiative, illustrating how the SIOP Model can be used to serve a variety of professional development needs.

Content Area SIOP Workshops

Based on requests by districts and schools, CAL has developed SIOP workshops designed for specific groups of participants. Examples of such workshops include sessions for math, social studies and science teachers, SIOP refresher workshops, SIOP for elementary and secondary teachers, SIOP peer coaching workshops, and SIOP Training of Trainer workshops. In the recent years, content area workshops, i.e. the ones focused on math, language arts, science, and social studies, have gained increasing popularity among our SIOP clients. Learn more about the range of services available.

If you have any questions about setting up a content workshop series in your school or school district, please contact us at siop@cal.org.

Spotlight on SIOP in Fresno – A Case Study

The SIOP Model has become a key instructional and professional development approach in Fresno, California for addressing the unique linguistic and instructional needs of English language learners. Fresno Unified School District (FUSD) has partnered with CAL SIOP to provide content area-based professional development in the SIOP Model to all of its secondary math and sheltered instruction teachers, site administrators, English Language Development coaches, instructional coaches, and content coordinators.

To learn more about the process of incorporating the SIOP Model into Fresno schools' professional development plan, read the CAL SIOP Case Study, complete with an overview of the district’s SIOP Implementation Plan for years 2008-2011.

CAL Digest: Coaching Language Teachers

We have recently updated our digest library with a new digest on coaching language teachers. This digest introduces the topic of coaching language teachers in a way that is responsive to the complex, varied, and dynamic landscapes of language classrooms, describes three dimensions of coaching discourse that can shape dialogues among coaches and language teachers, presents some questions and prompts to generate discussion, and offers some general advice for coaches.

Featured Publications

Publication: Using the SIOP ModelUsing the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction
This manual is designed for teacher educators and professional developers who wish to teach others to use the SIOP Model in their classrooms. The manual serves as a companion to the video, The SIOP Model: Sheltered Instruction for Academic Achievement. Organized into 11 sections, the manual offers strategies, tools, and activities for instruction in the use of the SIOP components and provides reproducible masters for presentations and workshops. Learn more.


Insider's guide coverAn Insider's Guide to SIOP Coaching
This resource is designed for teacher educators, staff developers, and others who know the SIOP Model and are helping teachers implement it in their lessons. The guide offers practical suggestions for establishing productive coaching relationships, helping teachers with effective SIOP lesson planning, conducting observations and providing feedback, and sustaining SIOP implementations over time.
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