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CAL SIOP Bulletin
March 2014
Online Resources
Professional Development Services

Meet our professional development team at the featured TESOL presentations listed below.

Pre-Convention Institute:
Research-Based Oral Language and Vocabulary Development in Content Instruction

Presenter: Annie Duguay
Wednesday, March 26
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

On the Same Page: Teacher Education for Content Area Colleagues
Presenter: Jennifer Himmel
Thursday, March 27
9:30 – 11:15 am

Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction for EL Academic Success
Presenters include: Marybelle Marrero-Colon
Thursday, March 27
1:00 – 2:45 pm

CAL Research-Based Resources for K–12 Educators
Presenters: M. Beatriz Arias, Jennifer Himmel, Annie Duguay
Thursday, March 27
5:00 – 5:45 pm

Developing Language and Pre-Literacy Skills in Early Childhood with SIOP
Presenters: Julie Mazrum, Annie Duguay
Saturday, March 29
1:00 – 1:45 pm

Developing Academic Language and Literacy for Students in Grades 4-12
Presenters: Laura Wright, Annie Duguay
Saturday, March 29
2:00 – 3:45 pm

Scaffolding Academic Language for Quality Interaction Through SIOP and CCSS
Presenters: Julie Mazrum, Marybelle Marrero-Colon
Saturday, March 29
3:00 – 3:45 pm

This issue of the CAL SIOP Bulletin is focused on resources for educators to support English learners within the Common Core State Standards.

Online Resources

Implementing the Common Core for English LearnersCAL Practitioner Brief
Implementing the Common Core for English Learners: Responses to Common Questions

Many educators have questions about integrating the Common Core State Standards into content area curricula for English learners. This brief, designed for practitioners, provides information and answers based on CAL’s practical experience and academic expertise on language learning and English learners.

Read or download the free PDF.

Education Connections
Education Connections is a new online network of teachers, created by CAL, which provides free resources and access to a community of peers for support and ideas as you implement standards-based instruction with your English learner students.

Visit the Education Connections website and sign up for access to professional learning communities, resources, webinars, and a monthly lesson planning competition in which you could win $100! The resources and webinars focus on implementing the Common Core State Standards and other standards with English learner students, including webinars about advocating for English learners and helping English learners access the language demands of the Common Core.


Using the SIOP Model to Address the Language Demands of the CCSS: Extending Think-Pair-Share
Think-pair-share is a widely used activity that teachers use to implement the features of the Interaction component. This article describes variations of the traditional think-pair-share activity that extend the quality and amount of linguistic output that students produce. These activities will lead to an increase in oral language development and help students better process and communicate complex ideas.

View or download the article.

Professional Development Opportunities

CAL Institutes
CAL is continuing to expand its successful series of professional development institutes focusing on key issues for educators. CAL Institutes provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools to help you develop effective classroom activities, including meeting the demands of the Common Core State Standards.

Spotlight: SIOP Training of Trainers Institutes
July 14-17, 2014 ♦ Washington, DC

SIOP TOT institutes are designed to help participants develop and deliver the SIOP Model professional development. These comprehensive and interactive institutes are modeled after CAL SIOP workshops and based on the resource, Using the SIOP Model: Professional Development Manual for Sheltered Instruction.

To meet the needs of all participants, two strands of the SIOP TOT institutes are offered: SIOP TOT: Foundations and SIOP TOT: Advanced. (If you need help determining which strand is best for you, please contact the CAL SIOP team.)

Learn more and register online.

CAL SIOP 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 early childhood 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.



Developing Academic Literacy and Language in the Content Areas
Based on a 21st century approach to academic literacy that is aligned with today’s rigorous standards, this resource provides research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools to help educators develop effective classroom activities. The package includes a comprehensive workbook supported by authentic classroom video and two complete unit plans on CD-ROM. Learn more.


SIOP in Action: Instructional Videos Featuring Complete SIOP Lessons at Three Grade Level
Three videos, available on one DVD with a companion viewers’ guide, illustrates three SIOP lessons at different grade levels: second grade, eighth grade, and high school/GED. Designed to deepen districts and schools’ 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 offerings. Learn more.

In Development
Learning the SIOP Model: Video and Viewers Guide

Learning the SIOP Model is a practical, hands-on tool for educators to learn more about the SIOP Model and its effective use in the classroom. This resource is also a useful tool for those seeking to implement the SIOP Model with greater fidelity and effectiveness.

The Learning the SIOP Model DVD provides video clips from a range of classroom lessons that demonstrate various features of the SIOP Model. The companion viewer guide provides hands-on resources that can be used in implementing professional development with the video.


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