OCDE Project GLAD (Guided Language Acquisition Design) is an effective instructional model for teaching
English language development (ELD) and literacy. The award-winning OCDE Project GLAD model is based on the extensive research-base
of second language acquisition, brain research and effective literacy practices for second language learners. GLAD is a strandards-based
ELD instructional model that promotes high levels of academic language and achievement for students at all levels of English
The OCDE Project GLAD training is an intensive seven-day training. The first
two days consist of an overview of the instructional model, including the research base, theoretical framework, and backwards
planning process of creating content-based ELD units in Science and Social Studies. During the two day training, teachers
also learn about the components of the GLAD model, as well as multiple effective ELD and SDAIE strategies within each component.
The four components of Project GLAD consist of the following:
- Focus/Motivation (which is
very similar to building background)
- Input (ways to make cognitively complex concepts understandable
- Guided Oral Practice (practice of key vocabulary and language objectives)
- Reading/Writing (modeled, shared, collaborative, guided and independent)
focus and motivation component of the Project GLAD ELD instructional model consists of strategies designed to build background
knowledge, motivate students, activate prior knowledge, and enhance academic language. The input component consists of various
comprehensible input strategies that enable teachers to provide core content instruction to students at all proficiency levels
in a comprehensible and understandable way. The guided oral practice component provides multiple comprehensible output strategies
designed to promote the development of academic language. The reading and writing component highlights effective reading and
writing strategies that can be taught whole group through teacher modeling, small group cooperative team opportunities, small
group teacher-led instruction, and independent activities.
the two day training, the Project GLAD training consists of an additional four-five days of classroom demonstration lessons.
Participants are able to observe one of the OCDE Project GLAD presenters teaching an ELD unit to a group of students, while
another Project GLAD presenter coaches participants in the back of the classroom. Teachers watch the classroom demonstration
each morning, and the afternoon sessions are dedicated to debriefing, reflection, and planning.
OCDE Project GLAD is a powerful and academically challenging ELD instructional model that promotes high levels of
proficiency in English. OCDE Project GLAD training provides intensive professional development to teachers of English learners,
and one of the best things about the training is that teachers will be able to see the strategies being taught in action!
When teachers are able to see the strategies being demonstrated with students, it makes all the more sense to them and improves
the likelihood of implementation at the classroom level.
who have been trained in the SIOP model of ELD would benefit greatly from OCDE Project GLAD training, as the two instructional
models complement one another well.