We are the Project GLAD® National Training Center, a government non-profit providing an integrated, balanced literacy approach to language acquisition.

We work with districts, schools, educational agencies and teachers to foster a risk-free, cross-culturally sensitive environment, where Language Learners can acquire academic language, literacy, and 21st century skills.


Project GLAD® started in Fountain Valley, CA more than 35 years ago with a group of educators who were tasked to support a classroom of students who were newcomers — refugees whose primary language wasn’t English.  With minimal resources, collaborations with researchers  skilled in second language acquisition, the brain, primary language, reading and writing were sought.  Almost 10 years later, Project GLAD®developed into a version of what we know today.

Acknowledged by both the federal and state of CA department of education, the model received funding to be launched nationally, coming to Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) and the National Training Center (NTC) being born.  Today, we remain responsive to meeting the needs of educators and students.  Committed to high quality implementation and sustainability, the NTC continues to work in collaboration with educational agencies to ensure students remain the first priority.