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School district 'pays forward' teacher training

Posted: July 19, 2009 9:02 p.m.
Updated: July 20, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Newhall School District is paying it forward when it comes to training teachers at local school districts.

About 15 Castaic Union School District teachers spent a summer week in an Old Orchard Elementary School classroom watching Newhall teachers lead GLAD lessons with summer school students.

Newhall School District has 10 teachers who have been designated as GLAD trainers, said Superintendent Marc Winger.

The training session is part of Castaic Union's plan to offer GLAD training for as many teachers as possible.

So far, about a third of Castaic Union teachers have been trained over the four years the district has been using the program in elementary schools, said Lisa Bloom, director of instruction and special projects.

"GLAD is a research-based strategy to help students in language acquisition and development," Bloom said.

About 11 percent of Castaic Union's roughly 3,400 K-8 students are classified as English-language learners, Bloom said.

"One of our issues is that we have English-language learners that need to progress faster," Bloom said.

While GLAD is designed to meet the needs of English-language learners, Bloom said the teaching strategies apply for all students.

"Not only do we believe it's effective for students, but the teachers love it," Bloom said.

Along with Castaic Union, Newhall has worked with Sulphur Springs and Saugus Union school districts to train teachers, Winger said.

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