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CAL SIOP Bulletin
October 2012
Secondary Education
Online Resources

Professional Development Services: Customized Workshops Using the
SIOP Model

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 secondary teachers.

The CAL SIOP Team 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 a SIOP Model professional development plan for your school or school district.

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

Secondary Education

New CAL SIOP Lesson Plan: Introducing Irony
Designed for 11th grade language arts classrooms and also used in Adult GED/ESL contexts, the instructional focus of this lesson is literary devices conveying irony. The lesson provides a particularly salient example of how to build background, provide comprehensible input and model all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening) for English language learners.

Making Content Comprehensible for Secondary Learners:
The SIOP Model

Adapted from the widely used Making Content Comprehensible for English Learners: The SIOP Model, this publication presents the 8 components and 30 features of the SIOP Model and includes teaching scenarios and explicit guidance on how to implement the components in secondary classrooms. Learn more.

Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction, 2nd Edition
This updated and expanded professional development manual is designed to assist teacher educators, staff developers, and leaders at the school, district, and state levels as they prepare teachers of English language learners to use the SIOP Model. By incorporating these instructional models in their classroom, teachers can improve the language proficiency and grade-level content knowledge of their linguistically and culturally diverse students. Learn more.

Online Resources

The SIOP Model: A Professional Development Framework for a Comprehensive School-Wide Intervention

This brief provides information on implementing SIOP across schools and describes individual interventions that CREATE researchers tested in middle school science, social studies, and language arts classrooms with English language learners over the course of the 2005-2009 school years. The brief explains how the SIOP Model was used as a professional development framework to unite the separate research studies into a school-wide, comprehensive intervention that was implemented in the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 school years to support secondary English language learners across the core content areas.

Cross-District Collaboration: Curriculum and Professional Development
This article, published in the TESOL Journal, describes a cross-district curriculum development project and serves as a resource for educators exploring how to align ESL standards with ELA standards and create relevant curriculum for students with limited schooling. The article also explains how district administrators combined resources to provide cross-district professional development to language and content teachers on effective academic literacy practices for secondary English language learners.

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


CAL SIOP at Conferences
This fall, CAL SIOP is represented at the following national conferences.

2012 CREATE Conference
English Learners in Content Area Classes: Teaching for Achievement in the Middle Grades

October 18-19, 2012
Orlando, FL

The CREATE conference will feature presentations by CAL’s Associate Director of Professional Development and SIOP Manager Jen Himmel and Cara Richards from University of California Long Beach, as well as a keynote session by one of the developers of the SIOP Model, Deborah Short.

National Council of Teachers of English 2012 Annual Convention
November 15-18, 2012
Las Vegas, NV

CAL SIOP staff, Jennifer Himmel and Lauren Artzi, will participate in a panel on academic oral language and vocabulary development for English language learners. The presentation describes three research-based approaches developed at the Center for Applied Linguistics that are effective for K-8 literacy instruction for English language learners and others who struggle with academic English. The presentation is scheduled for Friday, November 16, 4:00-5:15pm, Room 105, Level One, MGM Grand.
Learn more about the conference.

Event of Interest

Training of Trainers Institute on Teaching Reading to English Language Learners
November 12-14, 2012

This institute is designed for specialists who provide professional development to educators who teach reading in classes with English language learners. Spend 3 days in Washington, DC, at our What’s Different About Teaching Reading to Students Learning English? training of trainers institute. 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.
Learn more.

The SIOP® Model for Administrators coverThe SIOP® Model for Administrators
Designed for administrators who want to support the academic achievement of English language learners (ELLs), this publication provides essential information as well as a practical overview of the SIOP Model and its effective implementation. Learn more.

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