Elementary English Foundations Training

Join the OCDE Project GLAD® NTC Foundations Training and become a GLAD® Educator. Explore research-backed teaching strategies in the 2-Day Research & Theory Workshop and see them in action during the 4-Day Classroom Demonstration. Gain hands-on experience, coaching, and feedback to enhance English language teaching skills. Register today!

Formación elemental de fundamentos de español

Asista a la capacitación Fundamentos del Proyecto GLAD® en español y conviértase en un educador GLAD®. Los participantes aprenderán prácticas que brindan un entorno funcional del lenguaje diseñado explícitamente para mejorar el conocimiento y el uso del inglés por parte de los estudiantes. Aprenda sobre la investigación que respalda el modelo mientras examina las estrategias de enseñanza en profundidad durante el taller de investigación y teoría de 2 días y observe cómo las estrategias cobran vida en la demostración en el aula de 4 días. Los participantes aprenderán a crear recursos, así como a practicar e impartir las estrategias, con la incorporación de ciclos de entrenamiento y retroalimentación.

Preschool Foundations Training

Preschool GLAD® Foundations Training offers five consecutive training days covering both the Research & Theory behind the model as well as direct application of the strategies.

The training applies brain research as well as child development and language acquisition theories to understanding how young children grow and learn.

This training is appropriate for early childhood educators, family care providers, assistants, coaches, and leaders.

Virtual Professional Network Meetings

Professional Networks provide an opportunity for educators and trainers to engage with peers who are applying Project GLAD® strategies. These networks aim to enhance communication, exchange resources, and foster collaboration. Interact with fellow professionals to establish meaningful connections and cultivate partnerships. Register today!

GLAD® Hour

Join us for one-hour virtual networking sessions

designed to support GLAD® educators and trainers.

Educator Workforce Investment Grant

for Effective Language Acquisition Programs (EWIG-ELAP)

The Orange County Department of Education is one of four recipients for the Educator Workforce Investment Grant for Effective Language Acquisition Programs. 

EWIG/EPiCC Grant Goals:

• Provide professional learning opportunities for early educators, teachers, paraprofessionals, school leaders, and school counselors in public schools.

• Align with the Statewide System of Support (SSOS) and Quality Professional Learning Standards to implement effective language acquisition programs for English learner (EL) students.

Digital Academies

Free online MCAP courses for CA-based educators, admin and coaches.


As the official Training Center for the OCDE Project GLAD® model,

we are the international gold standard for GLAD®  training.


The OCDE Project GLAD® model aligns to Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) to ensure all student needs are met, highlighted here by California Department of Education’s reference to RTI2 Core Component Area 2: High Expectations.


For over 35 years, the OCDE Project GLAD® National Training Center has provided exemplary training for educators both nationally and internationally, resulting in students’ access to quality instruction and high-levels of success.


We train teachers on how to make content come alive through sketching, pictures, chants, and media with corresponding language.  Deep cognition is developed through well-designed lessons building upon brain, biliteracy, second language acquisition, and reading & writing research.


OCDE Project GLAD® classrooms promote environments that respect and honor each child’s voice, personal life experience, beliefs, language and culture.  We cultivate the social emotional learning (SEL) competencies of self-management, self-awareness, responsible decision-making, relationship skills and social awareness.


We work with schools, districts and educational agencies to identify needs and create customized supports for implementation.  A top priority is building sustainability to ensure all students get what they need.

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    Marissa, K-6 Principal

    With GLAD®, you see that difference in teachers. Teachers are a lot more focused on the vocabulary and the visuals that go with it. Bringing GLAD® to them has really opened their eyes to a different way of teaching and it’s engaging our students too. There’s a lot more use of language as opposed to just copying the notes and regurgitating the questions.

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    Carla, 1st Grade Teacher

    The strategies are amazing and the demos are so very helpful in being able to implement them into the classroom. The trainers are SO knowledgeable!

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    Joanne, 8th Grade Teacher

    I feel like the strategies are relevant and easily adaptable to different classrooms, teaching styles, and learner needs. The model is highly meaningful, positive, and I believe substantially supports language and content learning.

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    Ann, 5th Grade Teacher

    Love the strategies to help kids stay accountable; language acquisition for ELs + ALL

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    Jessica, 4th Grade Teacher

    It’s the best teaching I have ever done. I loved teaching with OCDE Project GLAD® strategies and my students loved the learning.

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    Nicole Chavez

    If students don’t have access to the content that’s being delivered, which is usually in English, gains towards college and career opportunities become increasingly more challenging.. So I would say that this is applicable to all teachers in the most rural or the most densely urban cities. This is your integrated approach to teaching language.

Recognized as a model reform program by California Department of Education (CDE)

Identified as a training model for multiple Achieving Schools and Distinguished School award winners

Recommended as a K-12 project by the California State Superintendent of Schools for teachers of English learners

Highlighted as a “Best Practices” program for Title III professional development by CDE

The OCDE Project GLAD® model was also awarded as a model of “Academic Excellence” by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs (OBEMLA) in 1998

In November 2017, the OCDE Project GLAD® model was the recipient of the CSBA Golden Bell Award.

The National Training Center (NTC)

The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) is the official National Training Center (NTC) for the Project GLAD® (Guided Language Acquisition Design) model. As a government non-profit organization, the NTC creates positive social impact through high-quality, rigorous, research-based professional learning. It is the holder of the OCDE Project GLAD® trademarks and copyright.

The goal of the NTC is to support Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) in building sustainable implementation structures to meet the needs of English learners/emergent bilinguals through the development of trainers.


Join the fast growing Project GLAD® Network today!



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