Sheltered instruction is a set of teaching strategies, designed for teachers of academic content, that lower the linguistic demand of the lesson without compromising the integrity or rigor of the subject matter. It was originally designed for content and classroom teachers who teach in English. The benefits are for ELL students, as well as native English speakers with a variety of learning styles.
The goal is to make grade-level content standards more accessible for English language learners (ELLs) while they develop and improve their English language proficiency.
Teachers at Maria L. Varisco Rogers Charter School adjust the language demands of the lesson in many ways, such as modifying speech rate and tone, using context clues and models extensively, relating instruction to student experience, adapting the language of texts or tasks, and using certain methods familiar to language teachers (e.g., demonstrations, visuals, graphic organizers, or cooperative work) to make academic instruction more accessible to students of different English proficiency levels.
All teachers at MLVRCS receive Sheltered English Instruction Training.