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Ron Rohac

Co-Founder and Author, Teaching English Learners
English Language Learner Consultant and Teacher Trainer
Experienced Content Area Teacher
Sheltered Instruction/SDAIE Specialist

Ron Rohac has been a science educator for 25 years. He has many years of experience teaching middle and high school English language learners (ELLs) in a science classroom in the San Bernardino (CA) Unified School District, and extensive background training content teachers to ensure the academic success of their ELLs. Since 1993, Ron has provided professional development and consulting to school districts throughout the United States and Canada. He is an instructor at California State University at Long Beach and an author of Discovery Works, a K-6 science program published by Houghton Mifflin. He is actively sought after to work with states and school districts to consult on ELL program design, teacher training, and staff development programs. Ron's trainings and presentations receive the highest scores, and content teachers appreciate his practical approaches to teaching and the success his classroom-tested activities and strategies can bring to their ELL students.

For the past 20 years, Ron has been developing lesson plans, activities, and strategies to use in his classroom with his ELL students, which he provides as models for the content teachers he trains. Those thousands of teacher-tested materials are among the resources that are available to members of Teaching English Learners.

Ron Rohac's specialty is sheltered instruction, also called SDAIE (Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English), and SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol). Sheltered Instruction was originally intended as a transition step to help English Language Learners to move forward with academic courses, such as mathematics and science, while learning English at the same time. Sheltered instruction has two basic premises:

1. Making content and language comprehensible.
2. Providing a supportive learning environment.

The model units, lessons, videos, and thousands of downloadable activities and strategies Ron has created and used to help ELLs make academic gains in his classroom, are now available through Teaching English Learners. These materials reflect Sheltered Instruction principles and "ELL Best Practices," and support content teachers in the effective integration and use of these techniques in their classrooms.

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