CAL SIOP Bulletin
March 2016
Online Resources
PD Opportunities
CAL SIOP at Conferences

Continuous Support of SIOP Model Implementation

Planning and implementing a comprehensive professional development program appropriate to your school’s or district’s demographics and instructional contexts can be challenging.

CAL can complement SIOP introductory and Review and Renew teacher workshops with program evaluation, job-embedded coaching and lesson study services to assist teachers as they learn and continue to incorporate the features of the SIOP Model into their lesson design and delivery. CAL also offers Two-Way SIOP workshops designed for dual language learners.

Learn more about the range of services available.

Contact us to learn more about customizing workshops in your school or school district.

This issue of the CAL SIOP Bulletin is focused on providing resources to help teachers of newcomers support students through sheltered instruction as they develop their English proficiency and master grade-level academic content.

Online Resources

CAL Practitioner BriefNew CAL Practitioner Brief
Using Sheltered Instruction to Support English Learners

This brief, designed for practitioners, addresses fundamental components of sheltered instruction including content and language objectives, instructional strategies, and assessment of content learning. Also provided are resources to help teachers support students through sheltered instruction as they develop their English proficiency and master grade-level academic content.

Read or download the free PDF.

Lesson Plans and Activities
Students from non-English-speaking backgrounds are the fastest growing segment of the K-12 student population in the United States. An increasing number of these students are newcomers—recent arrivals to the United States who have limited or no English language proficiency and who often have had limited formal education in their native countries.

CAL continues to expand its online library of lesson plans and activities with our newest resources focused on using the SIOP Model with newcomers.

  • Vocabulary Cards Activity
  • Vocabulary Grab Bag Activity

Visit our lesson plans and activities section to view or download.

Professional Development Opportunities

CTE photoNew Self-paced online course from CAL
Fundamentals of Sheltered Instruction: Featuring the SIOP Model

This self-paced online course is designed to help teachers and administrators increase their knowledge of research-based sheltered instruction to support the language and content learning needs of ELs.

Learn more and register.

CAL InstitutesCAL Institutes
CAL Institutes, held in Washington, DC, provide research-based strategies and practical, hands-on tools, and help teachers develop classroom activities that target the academic language demands of college and career readiness standards.

Featured Institute
Newcomers in Your School: Cultural and Instructional Strategies

August 9-10, 2016
December 6-7, 2016

This interactive two-day institute provides effective strategies and practical hands-on activities to create a welcoming environment for newcomer students and facilitate their learning. The institute will address cultural, social, and academic needs of newcomer students to help them succeed in the classroom and beyond. Participants will receive strategies and practical resources they can use right away to create a welcoming environment for newcomer students and facilitate their learning.

Learn more and register.


Helping Newcomer Students Succeed in Secondary Schools and Beyond
This report, based on a 3-year national research study conducted by CAL and funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, has been written for educators and policymakers to focus attention on newcomer adolescent English language learners at the middle and high school grades. It addresses the successes, challenges, and day-to-day implementation of newcomer programs.

Visit the CAL website to read or download the executive summary or full report.

Learning the SIOP Model
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. Video clips from authentic classroom lessons demonstrate various features of the SIOP Model, and the companion viewers guide provides hands-on resources for use in professional development and in the classroom.

Learn more.

CAL SIOP at Conferences

Connect with CAL’s PreK-12 professional development specialists at these upcoming spring conferences.

California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) 2016 Annual Conference
March 23-26, 2016 ♦ San Francisco, CA

  • Engaging Young Dual Language Learners through Practice and Application Activities
    Barbara Kennedy
  • School Leadership Toolbox: Creating a Culture of Multilingualism
    Barbara Kennedy
  • Using Lesson Study to Increase Sheltered Instruction Implementation
    Jennifer Himmel

TESOL 2016 International Convention and English Language Expo
April 5-8, 2016 ♦ Baltimore, MD

  • Pre-Conference Institute: Building Secondary Newcomers’ Language and Literacy Skills in Content Instruction
    Annie Duguay and José Medina
  • CAL Research-based Resources for PreK-12 Educators
    Annie Duguay
  • Dual Language Fundamentals and Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education
    Barbara Kennedy
  • Fundamentals of Sheltered Instruction: New Online Course from CAL
    Jennifer Himmel

American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2016 Annual Meeting
April 8-12, 2016 ♦ Washington, DC

  • Sheltered Instruction Professional Development for Teachers of English Learners: Problematizing a Promising Approach
    Jen Himmel

Learn more about these and other CAL staff presentations at upcoming conferences.

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