Presenter: Allison Hand, ETCetera Consulting
Core Area: Instructional Planning and Delivery 1C, Instructional Planning and Delivery 1D, Instructional Planning and Delivery 1F, Knowledge of Students and Student Learning 2A, Content Knowledge and Expertise 3C, Learning Environment 4A, Learning Environment 4B, Learning Environment 4C, Learning Environment 4D, Data-Driven Practice 5D, Professional Practices and Responsibilities 6A
Grade Level: Elementary & Secondary
Hours: 1

English learners — students who do not speak English as a first language — are the fastest-growing population in the United States’ public school system. It’s projected that by the year 2025, one in four public school students will qualify as language learners. In this lesson, Allison Hand presents a detailed introduction to Sheltered Instruction, an instructional method for building language through content. 

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With English learners projected to make up a quarter of the public school population by 2025, it’s vital that all teachers — not just ESL teachers — become proficient in instructional methods that allow English learners to progress academically while developing proficiency in English.

This course, taught by Allison Hand, introduces participants to Sheltered Instruction, which uses course content as a vehicle for teaching language and which is considered to be an essential component of any program for English learners. Ms. Hand answers the following questions about Sheltered Instruction:

Who are our English learners?
  • What is Sheltered Instruction?
  • Why do we use Sheltered Instruction in all classrooms?
  • What are the goals of Sheltered Instruction?
  • How do people acquire a second language?
  • How do I apply this information in my classroom?

Presenter Bio

Allison Hand has 13 years of experience teaching, coaching, and providing professional development for ESL and Sheltered Instruction classrooms. She founded ETCetera Consulting, LLC in 2017 to continue her work providing quality professional development and instructional coaching with a focus on English learners. She worked for the state of Texas at Region 13 as a secondary instruction coach delivering professional development and guidance for teachers of second language learners. During her time with Region 13, she co-authored the ELPS Toolkit book and “ESL Academy,” a prep manual for teachers taking the state ESL exam. Prior to her work for the state, she taught for several years in ELA and Reading classrooms for ESL and language learning students at both the middle- and high-school levels. As a passionate advocate for her students, she moved into instructional coaching to share her knowledge with colleagues.
Allison earned a Master’s in Teacher Leadership from Lamar University and a Bachelor’s in Education from the University of New Mexico. She has had the opportunity to teach and present both in Texas and internationally.

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28 reviews for Sheltered Instruction

  1. Kara – HUDSON ISD (verified owner)

    This is a fantastic course. It has been a few years since I have taught with ELs in my class, and this is a great way to refresh and review my strategies.

  2. MARKYE – HUDSON ISD (verified owner)

    It was well organized.

  3. Rebekah – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    This was a good training on sheltered instruction.

  4. Deborah – HUDSON ISD (verified owner)

    Well thought out and clearly explained.

  5. Gregory – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Great tools and ideas to use for situations of which I may not have been prepared.

  6. Lauren – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    very informative

  7. Robin – HUDSON ISD (verified owner)

    Awesome information to be used immediately in my classroom.

  8. Marcus – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Good course 8/10

  9. Kalan – PORT NECHES-GROVES ISD (verified owner)

    Great course! Lots of good information!

  10. Marcia – HUDSON ISD (verified owner)

    This was an excellent course and helped with my focus to facilitate the learning for my EL’s.

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