Recently 45 elementary school teachers from Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties participated in a seven-day Project Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD) training session at Seaside Heights Elementary School.

 GLAD is a model of professional development that has proven to be very effective in the area of literacy and academic language acquisition. Teachers who have been trained in GLAD strategies also have a renewed commitment to high expectations for all students.

The demonstration workshop had two components: a morning session in which an instructional trainer modeled a lesson with students in a summer school classroom while teacher/participants observed and received coaching; and an afternoon session in which the teachers created their own Project GLAD unit.

I would like to thank the Oregon Community Foundation’s North Coast Regional Action Initiative for funding this excellent training. This is the second year that OCF has supported Project GLAD in our region.

Molly Roman, the regional coordinator for OCF, has done an excellent job of making sure the workshops are of the highest quality so that teachers and their future students will benefit as much as possible. After both the 2010 and 2011 sessions, teacher overwhelmingly reported that this model of training is the best model they have ever experienced.

The school districts of our three counties are grateful for the continued support from the OCF in meeting the literacy and language acquisition needs of all our students.

DOUGLAS C. DOUGHERTY

Superintendent, Seaside School District

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