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.
Blank SIOP Documents
- Pre-observation Form (Word)
- SIOP Lesson Plan worksheet (original version) (Word) or SIOP Lesson Plan Worksheet (graphical version) (PDF)
- Protocol Observation (non rated) (Word) or Betsy Shane's Protocol (not rated: a little easier to use) (Word)
- Post-observation Reflection Form (Word)
Lesson Plan Helpers
- SIOP Teacher Helper Planning Guide (PDF)
- SIOP Lesson Plan Checklist (PDF)
- SIOP Observation Protocol (CAL Version) (Word)
Sample Lesson Plans
- SIOP Lesson Plans and Activities (SIOP website)
Why SIOP for Morrow County School District?
- Research-based best practice instructional program that has taken a century worth of effective teaching strategies (ITIP, Sheltered Instruction, Differentiated instruction, Hunter, Collaborative Learning, etc) and combined them all into one proven model.
- Proven effective for ELL and students of poverty who struggle in language skills.
- Provides a helpful framework for lesson preparation and delivery.
- Focuses on literacy development across all curriculums.
- Provides a common language amongst staff and students.
- Focus our professional development district-wide.
- Provides instructional support for new teachers.
- Work toward building a culture in Morrow County of collaboration, teamwork, reflection, and professionalism.