Guided Language Acquisition Design (GLAD)


Project GLAD is an instructional model that incorporates many research-based and highly effective instructional strategies. Using Project GLAD, teachers deliver academic content and language while using an integrated, balanced literacy approach. While originally developed for ELLs (English Language learners,) it benefits all students through the use of high-level thinking and academic language, as well as cross-cultural skills. Students taught in a GLAD classroom are prepared to be effective, literate citizens of a global society.

When visiting a classroom using GLAD strategies, you will notice high-level vocabulary, and walls "dripping with language." The GLAD model provides a language-rich constructive environment and employs a variety of student interaction techniques that instill the love and fun of learning!

General information

Issaquah School District has been training teachers in Project GLAD since 2005. As of 2016 we have 415 trained teachers. Teachers attend a 7-day training in the summer and receive follow-up coaching and/or professional development during the school year. Issaquah Schools Foundation (ISF) has been instrumental in supporting this district-wide initiative.

For more information

GLAD contacts

  1. Emily Lee, Elementary GLAD Project Specialist, 425-837-7094,
  2. Tricia Cecil, Secondary GLAD Project Specialist, 425-837-7006,
  3. Dawn Brastad, Elementary ELL Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, 425-837-7160,
  4. Jill Klune, Secondary ELL Curriculum and Instruction Specialist, 425-837-7647,
  5. Kathy Connally, Director of Teaching and Learning, 425-837-7125,