What is Project GLAD®?
Project GLAD® is owned and operated by the Orange County Department of Education which is the National Training Center for Project GLAD®.
Project GLAD® is a model of professional development dedicated to building academic language and literacy for all students, especially English language learners. For over 20 years, Project GLAD® 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. Project GLAD® classrooms promote an environment that respects and honors each child’s voice, personal life experience, beliefs and values their culture.
Project GLAD® has been recognized as a model reform program by 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.Project GLAD® Elements:
In summary, the following elements make the Guided Language Acquisition Design promote successful, involved teachers and students:
- Project GLAD® is a unique blend of academic language and literacy that combines the research from many fields and organizes the strategies and classroom practices into a process.
- Project GLAD® is firmly rooted in research and has been field tested for the past 18 years.
- Project GLAD® supports a classroom environment that values the student, provides authentic opportunities for the use of academic language, maintains highest standards and expectations for all students, and fosters voice and identity.
- Project GLAD® supports standards based instruction through integrated approaches which include Project Based Learning, language immersion and language acquisition.
Project GLAD® Training:
2-Day Research & Theory Workshop: Participants are introduced to the theoretical and research base of the model, engage in dialogue around current pedagogy and learn strategies that promote academic discourse and literacy success for all students.
Demonstration Lesson: Participants observe the magic as certified trainers deliver 4 to 5 days of classroom instruction with a single group of students. Adults spend afternoon sessions debriefing, collaborating, planning and preparing for immediate implementation.
Supports for Trained Teachers: Project GLAD® trained teachers receive access to a variety of free resources: online professional learning communities facilitated by Orange County Department of Education's National Training Center staff, our website, www.ntcprojectglad.com, with over 240 standards-based units and resources, and ongoing communication with Project GLAD® trainers. Additional follow up and customized supports are available through the Orange County Department of Education's National Training Center.
Implementation: The highest levels of implementation occur in schools where administrators support, monitor and celebrate teacher implementation, provide collaborative planning and reflection opportunities and access to resources. Developing Project GLAD® Agency Trainers is highly effective in supporting ongoing follow-up, training and support.