Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP)
SIOP is a research based model for teaching English Language Learners in a general education setting. It consists of 30 features that are grouped under 8 components. This model provides teachers with strategies and techniques to make classroom content more accessible to English Language Learners. Typically an ELL can gain basic language proficiency (social English) within 1-2 years. However it can take as long as 5-7 years to become proficient in the academic English needed to be successful in the classroom. SIOP is a toolbox of ideas and techniques to make rigorous academic content more comprehensible for ELLs.
BCS began a cohort of training teachers in the SIOP model. The training was conducted by the Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL). In 2011-2012 we trained approximately 90 teachers from Musselman Middle, North Middle, South Middle, Eagle School Intermediate, and Orchard View Intermediate. The teachers participated in 35 hours of training and received a resource book to support their training. The same group of teachers was included in a second phase of training during the 2012-2013. We worked with each school individually and delved deeper into discussion on the SIOP components. There are tentative plans to continue training more teachers in this model.
To access our SIOP teacher resources, please click on our SIOP Toolbox.