June 16, 2014
Dear Fellow Educators:
As a co-creator of the guided language acquisition design or Project GLAD teaching model, I, Marcia Brechtel, endorse Noshaba Afzal, Jabbar Beig, and their team of trainers as currently the Project GLAD trainers that are most closely adhering to the original model and principals I co-created along with Linnea Haley. We originally termed it as Project GLEP, or guided language experience process when designated exemplary by the California State Department of Education, and then later the name was changed to Project GLAD, Guided Language Acquisition Design, during the national process.
The model has its origin from when I was a teacher with the Peace Corps, teaching children in Afghanistan with few materials and little curriculum. During this time, I realized teachers could have a profound impact on students regardless of the materials. Later I worked with Linnea Haley to further our collection of effective strategies. During one summer when I was on a 10-month contract with Fountain Valley School District, I wrote these strategies up in my book, Bringing It All Together. The celebration of the individual child, personally and culturally, was a crucial factor for us.
Eventually, a federal grant was received to study the impact of these strategies on student success and achievement. Following the California state process to be designated "Exemplary", The Guided Language Acquisition Design was designated a "Program of Academic Excellence" by the United States Department of Education.
Noshaba Afzal, Jabbar Beig, and their team of trainers are the only trainers certified in the Guided Language Acquisition Design that I personally know of, that have consistently adhered to and followed the Project GLAD methodology as designed by Linnea Haley and myself, and approved of by the United States Department of Education. Therefore, their program qualifies as a 'Program of Academic Excellence'. They have continued our longstanding history of having data to support their integrity to the original Project GLAD.
Although I have retired from an active role related to the Project GLAD model, I continue to consult with and advise this team of trainers, because they continue to value and utilize the original research-based insights and ideas that were, and are, the cornerstone for so much academic success on the part of students.
Co-Creator of Project GLAD
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