The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) is the official National Training Center (NTC) for the Project GLAD®(Guided Language Acquisition Design) model. As a government non-profit organization, the NTC creates positive social impact through high-quality, rigorous, research-based professional learning. It is the holder of the OCDE Project GLAD® trademarks and copyright.
As a model of professional learning, the NTC is dedicated to building academic language and literacy for all students, especially English Learner/emergent bilingual students. For over 20 years, OCDE Project GLAD® NTC has provided exemplary training for educators both nationally and internationally resulting in students’ access to quality instruction and high-levels of success. The model enhances teachers’ design and delivery of standards-based instruction through an integrated approach with the intent of building language proficiency and academic comprehension. OCDE Project GLAD® classrooms promote an environment that respects and honors each child’s voice, personal life experience, beliefs and values their culture.
The goal of the NTC is to support Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in building sustainable implementation structures to meet the needs of English learners/emergent bilinguals through the development of trainers.
OCDE Project GLAD® NTC has been recognized as a model reform program by California Department of Education (CDE), identified as a training model for multiple Achieving Schools and Distinguished School award winners, recommended as a K-8 project by the California State Superintendent of Schools for teachers of English learners and highlighted as a “Best Practices” program for Title III professional development by CDE. The OCDE Project GLAD® model was also awarded as a model of “Academic Excellence” by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs (OBEMLA) in 1998. In November 2017, the OCDE Project GLAD® model was the recipient of the CSBA Golden Bell Award.
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