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MS in Special Education



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Susan M. Schultz


The increase in English Language Learners (ELLs) across the United States calls for strategies such as the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP model) to be used to allow for these students’ success. There is an exceptionally high prevalence of ELLs in the Rochester area. One of the strategies that has proven successful to help English Language Learners understand and retain content is the use of the SIOP method. This 30 feature method is not being utilized in all schools nor by all teachers. A study was completed at The Beth Johnson School and The Juan Lopez school in the Rochester, NY area to see if the SIOP model was being used to aide students and if not, why it was not being used. Surveys indicated that most teachers at both schools were not aware of the model nor its benefits. However, most of the teachers at both The Beth Johnson School and The Juan Lopez School were already implementing components of the model in their classrooms.

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