North Central ESD (NCESD) is offering several GLAD® trainings this year to support the needs of school districts across the region, including Early Learning, Elementary, and Secondary trainings. View upcoming trainings here!
NCESD is proud to have seven GLAD® Trainers within the agency – all certified by the National Training Center at Orange County’s Department of Education. These trainers have an average of 30 years experience in the classroom from pre-school to adult education, and are certified in early learning, elementary, and secondary.
While curricula and standards (Common Core, Content-specific, and Grade Level) tell teachers what to teach, GLAD® shows teachers how to teach. It uses demonstration, real-time modeling, and research to give teachers a structure to follow and strategies to employ. The GLAD® philosophy is teach to the highest and scaffold for the neediest. All students have access to grade level materials, and those that are at their individual level.
Recently, NCESD trainers completed a GLAD® training in Manson School District in a third-grade classroom and included teachers from Brewster, Tonasket, Cascade, and Lake Chelan. In this short week of instruction teachers saw students develop voice, practice responsible decision-making, problem solving, and other social emotional competencies as they worked in teams and individually.
Students were properly using vocabulary like philanthropy, industrialization, advocate, and more. This is because GLAD® strategies support all learners through poetry, chants, graphic organizers, pictorial input charts, color-coding, repetition, intentional questioning, formative assessment, cooperative learning, family involvement, choice, connections, and celebrations. The training showed how children’s life experience, language and culture are valued and integrated into learning.