Education Northwest

Eligibility and Participation

The study was conducted in the state of Idaho. Fifth-grade teachers at schools with a minimum of eight LEP and former LEP students in the fifth grade were eligible to participate. The recruitment stage of this study is closed, and we can no longer take on new schools. More than 100 fifth-grade teachers from 30 schools signed up for the study.

GLAD-Classroom Participating schools were randomly assigned by school to one of two groups. Based on which group their school is in, teachers will receive GLAD training next year (2011–2012) or two years later (2013–2014). Regardless of which group a school is assigned to, there will be data collection activities during the first two years (2011–2012 and 2012–2013). These will include student assessments:

  • Gates MacGinitie Comprehension & Vocabulary, twice each year
  • 6+1 Trait Writing Prompt, once a year
  • ISAT Science Assessment

Data collection will also include classroom observations. These observations will occur three times per year for Group 1 teachers and once a year for Group 2 teachers. They are non-invasive and non-evaluative; only members of the research team will see the teacher's name.

Teachers will also be asked to take online surveys. For Group 1 teachers these will take place eight to nine times per year, and once a year for Group 2 teachers.


We value teachers' time and understand how limited it is. We will provide compensation to make up for the time teachers spend on our study. This includes

  • Cost of professional development
  • Cost of substitutes so teachers can attend professional development
  • Cost of lodging, if training is more than 50 miles away from school site
  • $30–$60 per survey for teachers
  • $300 of books per teacher per year for assessment administration
  • Stipend of $1,000 per school per year for site coordination

To summarize, participating in the Project GLAD means that teachers will be offered free, intensive training in a popular instructional model, with incentives for completing surveys and administering assessments. In addition, they will contribute to knowledge of how to increase student achievement.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does this fit with SIOP? Teachers often report that they find the two trainings very compatible. Some Project GLAD trainers, including one of the trainers on our study training team, are also SIOP trainers. We also have a crosswalk of the SIOP items to the GLAD strategies available for download.

How does the study protect teachers' and students' privacy and confidentiality? Responses to all data collection for this study—including surveys, classroom observation data, and student assessment results—will be used for statistical purposes only. The reports prepared for this study will summarize findings across the sample and will not associate responses with specific districts, schools, or individuals. We will not provide information that identifies individual teachers, schools or districts to anyone outside of the study team. Student data are especially protected; we do not collect students' names at any point in the study and observe all FERPA requirements for the handling of students' test scores.