in the McMinnville School District in Oregon.
OCDE Project GLAD® (Guided Language Acquisition Design) is a model for teaching to all students, specifically students who speak another language other than English in their home. My favorite motto from OCDE Project GLAD® is “Teach to the ceiling, review to the floor”. In the OCDE Project GLAD® model, the first couple of weeks are teacher driven, using many graphic organizers, whole group input charts, and high academic vocabulary. After reviewing this language-rich information over and over again, the students eventually take ownership over it and become so independent.
The training lasted for five days and consisted of classroom observation in the mornings and work time in the afternoon. We observed a summer school class that was comprised of 16 incoming 3rd grade ELL students and also children of migrant working families. The entire class was Hispanic and spoke Spanish at home. The school, Newby Elementary, is a bilingual English/Spanish school. For each day of instruction the trainer, Erick Herrmann, an independent consultant, taught all of the strategies a regular teacher would use in a week. The mornings went by very fast and had lots of content shoved in, but the kids did remarkably well. They were well behaved, worked well together, and really did try their best to learn. They were excited by the unit, Navigation.