Seaside, OR—The Oregon Community Foundation recently received a $50,000 commitment over two years from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation to support professional development for teachers and administrators from Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties. The goal of the training is to improve literacy and academic achievement among North Coast elementary school students. According to the National Task Force on Public Education, only 31 percent of Oregon fourth-graders are proficient readers.
In July 2011, teachers and administrators from nine school districts will participate in an intensive seven-day Project GLADTM training in Seaside and Clatskanie. Project GLADTM (Guided Language Acquisition Design) is designated as a U.S. Department of Education Program of Academic Excellence. It provides teachers with tools for improving academic performance among all students, and is particularly helpful for English language learners.
This is the second year OCF has hosted Project GLADTM training for the region. In July 2010, the first cohort of 44 teachers and administrators participated. All participants received coaching and followup during the 2010-2011 school year. This July, 45 more teachers and up to 20 administrators will be trained.
Many participants say the strategies they learned changed their teaching practices. They describe positive changes within their classrooms, and note that students are more engaged and willing to participate. One participant from Astoria School District said, “As a veteran teacher, GLADTM training was the shot of adrenaline I needed to get me excited about teaching again.”
For more information, contact Molly Roman (firstname.lastname@example.org) at OCF, or visit the North Coast Regional Action Initiative.