Sheltered instruction is a teaching approach used to make content comprehensible for English learners while they are developing English proficiency. It is founded on the concept of providing meaningful instruction in the content areas (social studies, math, science) for transitioning Limited English Proficient (LEP) students towards higher academic achievement while they reach English proficiency.
A popular form of sheltered instruction is the SIOP Model (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol). It was developed through a 7-year research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education. A team of teachers and researchers worked together to review the literature for best practices in ELL and content teaching. The results of the partnership resulted in the SIOP Model composed of 8 components and 30 features. “The SIOP model shares many features recommended for high quality instruction for all students, but adds key features for the academic success of students learning through a second language.” (Echevarria, Vogt, & Short, 2004, p. 215
The ELL department is currently conducting several different SIOP trainings throughout the district. Please check out our SIOP web page for more information and to see resources we are sharing through our trainings. If you are interested in attending a SIOP training in the future or are interested in having SIOP training at your school, please contact your building’s ELL coach or Laura Salem, ELL Curriculum Specialist.