Schools foundation seeks funding to move Project GLAD to new heights

February 3, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah Schools Foundation officials and volunteers may call your home Feb. 11. 

They are trying to raise $180,000 to help school district officials purchase additional professional training opportunities for Project GLAD Training, or Guided Language Acquisition Design Training.GLAD Training is an opportunity for teachers to learn how to best reach all types of learners. 

“There is a lot of evidence that points to indicating the single biggest factor that determines a child’s educational outcome is the quality of their teacher,” said Robin Callahan, executive director for the foundation. “We were able to see firsthand the power of how a GLAD-trained teacher appeals to different learning styles.”

Foundation officials and volunteers will call more than 3,300 previous donors and ask them to give $60 to enable them to reach their goal.

They helped the district raise $160,500 in April during their Calling for Kids phone-a-thon for the same program, Callahan said. 

Since May, nearly 175 teachers at 20 schools have been trained with GLAD skills. Those teachers have reached more than 5,000 students with their new skills. 

Unlike the foundation’s luncheon, which raises money for districtwide programs, the phone fundraiser raises money for a specific need in the district.

When foundation officials asked what they could do to help this year, district officials unanimously said they would like additional money to keep the GLAD training going, Callahan said. 

If the goal is reached, an additional 100 middle and high school teachers will receive training, and two workshops will be held for returning GLAD-trained teachers.

If more than $130,000 is raised, district officials will allocate $300,000 in the budget to fill the remainder of the costs associated with the trainings, according to documents from the district’s budget office. 

The Feb. 11 event will replace the annual Calling for Kids fundraiser, which would have happened later this spring. 

Foundation officials are looking at new options for their phone-a-thon and luncheon programming. 

How to help  Donate online at www.issaquahschoolsfoundation.org or call 416-2045.

Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment on this story at www.issaquahpress.com.

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