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CAL SIOP Bulletin
May 2012
Professional Development
Lesson Plans & Activities
Online Resources

Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction New!

Designed for educators who plan to teach others to use the SIOP Model in their classrooms, this manual provides everything you need to develop a comprehensive sheltered instruction professional development plan and outlines a series of workshops that include strategies, activities, and tools to help teachers understand and implement all the features of the SIOP Model instructional model.
Learn more.

This issue is focused on SIOP in the elementary education setting.

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.

Lesson Plans and Activities

Dragonfly Lesson
Check out the latest SIOP Model lesson plan that was added to our collection. This first grade literacy lesson on dragonflies addresses the Common Core State Standards: Reading for Grade 1 and can be implemented in a classroom with a variety of language proficiency levels (beginning through advanced). It also demonstrates how the Four Corner Graphic organizer (a technique recently demonstrated in CAL SIOP Model workshops), can be incorporated into elementary reading classrooms. View and download the lesson.

Predict-O-Gram Activity
A new elementary-level Predict-O-Gram activity based on the story Peppe the Lamplighter by Elisa Bartone is now available and can be used in contexts of Social Studies or Language Arts. The introductory page provides an overview of language and content objectives that support this learner activity, instructions for use, and benefits this activity provides for English learners. A "Story Map" Predict-O-Gram sample follows and includes two versions that address high and low levels of scaffolding. This Predict-O-Gram showcases how multiple SIOP Model features can be incorporated into a single learner activity.

Online Resources

CAL Digest: Working With Young English Language Learners: Some Considerations
Elementary-age English learners face unique challenges and issues as they become proficient in an additional language. This digest provides an overview of characteristics of young English language learners in the U.S. preschool and elementary grade settings. The digest also describes best instructional practices that can promote young English learner language development and educational progress. Read the digest.

Language Objectives: The Key to Effective Content Area Instruction for English Learners
In this article prepared for the Colorín Colorado! website, Jennifer Himmel, CAL SIOP Manager, provides an overview of how to use language objectives in content-area instruction for English learners. Read the article.

Preparing Teachers to Use the SIOP Model
At the recent TESOL 2012 convention, SIOP Manager, Jennifer Himmel, conducted a session focused on CAL’s enhanced resource, Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction, which is designed for educators who plan to teach others to use the SIOP Model in their classrooms. She highlighted key resources from the manual and other SIOP tools for teachers. Download the PPT presentation and handout.


The SIOP® Model for AdministratorsSIOP Comprehensive Package
This package of materials was assembled to provide educators the resources they need to teach others to use the SIOP Model in their classrooms through workshops, coaching, analysis of SIOP instruction, and discussion of relevant readings. Each component of the package is also
available separately.

  • An Insider’s Guide to SIOP Coaching
  • Helping English Learners Succeed: An Overview of the SIOP Model (video)
  • The SIOP Model: Sheltered Instruction for Academic Achievement (video)
  • SIOP Model Digest Series
  • Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction New!
  • Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP® Model

Learn more about the SIOP comprehensive package.

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