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Muskingum College offers Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol training for local educators

Muskingum College will host a Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) workshop on Saturday, November 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the campus. The day-long workshop will train local educators on how to work with students for whom English is not their first language.

The cost of the workshop is $20, with an option to purchase one hour of graduate credit for $130.00. Registration deadline is November 1. To register for the workshop, or for more information, call Associate Professor of Education Dr. Joy Cowdery at 740-826-8027 or email her at jcowdery@muskingum.edu.

The SIOP workshop is a research-based approach to instructing educators on how to effectively teach academic content while promoting English language development with a school-system’s English language learners. The model is currently used in hundreds of schools across the U.S., as well as several other countries.

According to Dr. Cowdery, “The number of students for whom English is their second language is steadily growing in all southeastern Ohio school districts, yet because of the small numbers in each individual school, many of our schools lack credentialed ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers.”

She also noted that the job of educating these students mainly falls to regular classroom teachers who have little experience or background in teaching content to students who do not speak English. “SIOP offers these teachers the skills to make accommodations for these students in their regular classrooms,” she said.

This highly motivational and engaging workshop will involve teaching the skills to implement the eight components of the SIOP Model by providing extensive use of practical, hands-on activities that will allow participants to understand the importance of sheltering instruction with their schools.

Upon completion of the workshop, each participant will be able to use the SIOP Model to design, deliver and reflect on SIOP-based lessons within their classrooms as well as develop a deeper understanding of how to meet the needs of English language learners within their school communities.