Introduction

Participants who successfully complete the Sheltered Instruction Training Series earn 20 CPE hours. The Sheltered Instruction Training Series checklist can be downloaded, printed, and used to help track your completion of sheltered instruction training.

As you read the descriptions that follow, you may click on links (in blue) and join courses. District personnel may also request copies of all of the courses for local management. For assistance and information, contact txgateway@tea.texas.gov

Important Notes:

Before beginning this online training series, check with appropriate district personnel to confirm local requirements for sheltered instruction training.

Upon successful completion of each course, you will be prompted to generate and save a course completion certificate. As a general rule, those who complete the training series will earn the following seven (7) certificates:

  1. ELL Foundations: Second Language Acquisition (1 certificate)
  2. ELL Foundations: Guidance and Support for ELLs (1 certificate)
  3. ELL Foundations: Effective Instructional Strategies and Routines (1 certificate)
  4. ELL Foundations: Assessment and Data-Driven Instruction (1 certificate)
  5. ELPS Academy (1 certificate)
  6. Implementing the ELPS (subject area of your choice, 1 certificate)
  7. ELL Instructional Videos (subject area of your choice, 1 certificate)
Sheltered Instruction Checklist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sheltered instruction is an instructional approach that uses various strategies to ensure that grade-level instruction provided in English addresses both content and language objectives. Through sheltered instruction, students master the required essential knowledge and skills and become proficient in the English language.

ELL Foundations

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The four ELL Foundations courses provide information, ideas, and insights for all educators who work with English language learners (ELLs). Participants who complete the four courses listed below earn a total of 12 CPE hours.

Second Language Acquisition (3 hours)

This course provides foundational knowledge in the second language acquisition process and its impact on content-area instruction and student achievement. Participants learn key considerations for working with and supporting ELLs. The content objectives addressed in this course include the following:

  • Examine scientifically-based research (SBR) on the second language acquisition process
  • Identify variables that may affect language acquisition

Guidance and Support for ELLs (3 hours)

This course examines standards, requirements, and organizational approaches for working with ELLs . The content objectives addressed in this course include the following:

  • Determine who are ELLs
  • Investigate multiculturalism and diversity
  • Examine state and federal requirements and accountability
  • Examine bilingual and ESL program models
  • Review English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS)
  • Review College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS)

Effective Instructional Strategies and Routines (3 hours)

This course provides information and ideas for using effective instructional strategies and routines for ELLs. The content objectives addressed in this course include the following:

  • Define differentiated instruction and plan for differentiated instruction within the classroom
  • Examine the importance of building academic vocabulary and identify ways to build students' academic vocabularies 
  • Consider the benefits of cooperative learning and incorporate cooperative learning activities into classroom instruction

Assessment and Data-Driven Instruction (3 hours)

This course provides foundational knowledge regarding assessment and data-driven instructional practices designed to support ELLs in academic settings. The content objectives addressed in this course include the following:

  • Examine the vocabulary, purpose, and outcomes of assessments
  • Define and review examples of formal assessments
  • Define and review examples of informal assessments
  • Use multiple forms of data to inform instruction

 

ELPS Academy

ELPS Academy (4 hours)

The ELPS Academy is designed to help teachers incorporate the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) when planning lessons and delivering instruction for ELLs. The lessons within the course

  • provide an overview of the ELPS,
  • examine strategies for providing linguistic accommodations,
  • examine strategies for developing academic language, and
  • provide guidance for planning ELPS-based lessons when using a sheltered instruction approach.

Participants who successfully complete the ELPS Academy earn 4 CPE hours.

Content Specific Courses

Implementing the ELPS (3 hours)

After completing the ELPS Academy, participants have an opportunity to consider what ELPS implementation looks like within content-specific classrooms. The courses listed below contain examples of lessons that incorporate ELPS Cross-Curricular student expectations and linguistic accommodations to accomplish the following:

  • Build content knowledge
  • Promote language acquisition

Participants may choose the course or courses that best align with current teaching assignments. Successful completion of one course equals 3 CPE hours. 

Implementing the ELPS in English Language Arts and Reading (3 hours)

Implementing the ELPS in Mathematics (3 hours)

Implementing the ELPS in Science (3 hours)

Implementing the ELPS in Social Studies (3 hours)

 

ELL Instructional Videos (1 hour)

The ELL instructional videos show Texas teachers using strategies from each of the three key areas—affective, linguistic, and cognitive—in authentic classroom settings. These videos highlight specific teaching strategies that use language as the means through which content is taught. 

ELL Instructional Videos—English Language Arts and Reading (1 hour)

ELL Instructional Videos—Mathematics (1 hour)

ELL Instructional Videos—Science (1 hour)

ELL Instructional Videos—Social Studies (1 hour)

Participants may choose the videos that best align with current teaching assignments. Successful completion of one video series equals 1 CPE hour.