English language learners (ELLs) are the fastest-growing student population. A vast majority of ELLs speak Spanish, but our school districts include students from nearly 150 different languages. The Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol, or SIOP® Model, is the only validated teaching framework for addressing the needs of ELLs. It includes 8 major components and 30 features for teaching grade-level content while developing students’ English language skills. Developed by the author team of Dr. Jana Eschevarría, Dr. MaryEllen Vogt, and Dr. Deborah Short, the SIOP® Model helps make every teacher an ELL teacher.
“People often say, ‘Well, the SIOP® is just good teaching, so I can use it for all my students.’ And that is true. We have many schools that use the SIOP® Model for all students. But there are features that are absolutely critical for English learners. It’s the only empirically validated model of instruction for English learners.”
Dr. Jana Echevarría
Co-author, The SIOP® Model