SIOP Best Practices Staff Development

Morrow County School District embraces the philosophy that the professional development of their employees is essential in a rapidly changing society. To ensure that the District is encouraging the best classroom teaching methodologies, Morrow County School District has adopted a Best Practices Staff Development Program for their educators and administrators.

Central to the Best Practices Program is the Sheltered Instruction (SIOP) model. As a model of good teaching for all employees, SIOP is a research-based approach that will enhance and expand teacher's instructional practice. Providing a framework for well-prepared and well-delivered lessons, the SIOP approach helps educators make content comprehensible, thus enhancing learning outcomes from their students.

Staff Development Plan

To continue to build upon and enhance the expertise of the licensed staff in Morrow County, the curriculum department, teacher leaders, and administrators have thoughtfully mapped out the following three years (2007-2010) of the district’s professional development program. 

During the 2006-07 school year a steering committee was organized, consisting of a group of 21 teachers, a building administrator, and the Assistant Superintendent.  This committee met multiple times to develop long range(Year V) goals as well as plan and prepare for year III and year IV activities and expectations. 

The following goals and expectations were created

Licensed Staff Goal

  • To ensure that all students in Morrow County Schools meet benchmark standards, all contract licensed staff will be skilled in and consistently implement the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol model in their daily instruction by the spring of 2010.

Administration Goal

  • To ensure that all instructional staff in Morrow County Schools are successful in implementing the Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol model, the district administration will be trained in and support the staff through professional development opportunities, support resources, and SIOP staff development training. 


George Mendoza
Assistant Superintendent
Phone: 541.922.4016