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    Polk County News
8A Polk County Itemizer-Observer • February 8, 2017
Central helps kids connect
Woman OK after
heating pad fire
‘Be GLAD’ program focuses on providing access to students in classrooms
Itemizer-Observer staff report
DALLAS — Dallas Fire & EMS responded to a house fire
in the 500 block of Southwest Levens Street at about 6 a.m.
on Feb. 1. Dallas Police Department was the first to arrive.
Officers helped the female occupant out of her house.
The fire was contained to a bedroom in the residence.
Fire crews were able to extinguish the fire within 20 min-
utes of arrival.
The female reported that she woke up coughing and
found her heating pad had caught fire. EMS personnel
evaluated her for possible smoke inhalation, but she was
not transported.
It was discovered the house did not have working smoke
alarms. Dallas Fire & EMS spokeswoman April Welsh
stresses the importance of working smoke alarms in every
home.
“Most house fire deaths happen between the hours of 11
p.m. and 7 a.m., when people are asleep,”she said in a
press release. “Keep your family safe by installing smoke
alarms and testing them monthly to make sure they work.
For more information: 503-831-3533.
McCandless takes
over as Polk VSO
By Jolene Guzman
The Itemizer-Observer
POLK COUNTY — Marie McCandless, the former assis-
tant to Polk County’s new Veterans Service Officer, has
taken over the post as a VSO-in-training.
McCandless takes over for former VSO Erin Osgood,
who was hired to start the program at the beginning of this
year.
“That was her goal in life to be a VSO,” said Polk County
Administrator Greg Hansen said of McCandless.
McCandless, a U.S. Army veteran, will work in coordina-
tion with the Oregon Department of Veteran’s Affairs Office
in Salem until she completes training. She’s already begun
to take classes, Hansen said.
“She can do everything a VSO can do except sign official
forms,” Hansen said
That will be handled with the Salem office temporarily.
Polk County VSO office opened in January and will be
holding an open house on Feb. 15 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 240
SW Washington St. in Dallas.
For more infor mation, 503-623-9188 or
torres.stephanie@co.polk.or.us.
By Emily Mentzer
The Itemizer-Observer
MONMOUTH/INDEPEN-
DENCE — All elementary
school classroom teachers
in the Central School Dis-
trict have been trained and
certified in a national pro-
gram, Be GLAD.
That makes a difference
for students in kindergarten
through fifth grade, said
Dorie Vickery, director of
curriculum.
“It’s all about language,”
Vickery said. “So what the
teachers do when they meet
in the training, they take
their science standards, their
social studies standards,
their English language arts
standards, look for com-
monalities and start to look
for their themes, what we
call integrated units.”
The end result is teachers
making more connections
for kids, Vickery said.
One class just finished up
an integrated unit on com-
munities and traditions, she
said.
“They tied in the Hop Fes-
tival, so they included things
that would be unique to the
Monmouth-Independence
community, making it real
for students,” Vickery said.
GLAD, which stands for
Guided Language Acquisi-
tion Design, is a model that
has been around for
decades, designed by the
U.S. Department of Educa-
tion in the early 1990s.
“Basically, it’s about pro-
viding access to students,”
Vickery said. “So if you have
a second-language learner
in your classroom, what are
you doing instructionally as
Be GLAD Training/ for the Itemizer-Observer
Anisa Arain, a national trainer for the Be GLAD program, teaches in a classroom
you deliver core content?
What are those strategies
that are going to help that
student understand?”
Elementary school teach-
ers were the focus of the
GLAD training, in part be-
cause they have a more
complex job: Teaching stu-
dents all subjects, meeting
all the required standards,
Vickery said.
High school and middle
school teachers tend to
focus on one or two topics,
such as social studies or
math.
“They (elementary school
teachers) have a ton of stan-
dards that they have to ad-
dress,” Vickery said. “They
could have a wide range of
reading levels. A fourth-
grade classroom with 32 stu-
dents could have students
reading at kindergarten-first
grade level to seventh-grade
level, so how do you address
that and meet the needs of
all kids?”
By improving the connec-
tions, the Be GLAD program
helps the whole classroom,
not only those who are Eng-
lish language learners, Vick-
ery said. But the additional
help to EL students is timely.
Central School District was
recently named a “transfor-
mation district” by the Ore-
gon Department of Educa-
tion.
“We’re being asked to
make more gains for our EL
students,” Vickery said. “We
haven’t in a long time. We
did this time, although they
don’t count because we’re
moving from No Child Left
Behind to Every Student
Succeeds Act.”
The district has seen a de-
crease in the number of sec-
ond-language students.
Vickery said she thinks that
reflects a change in student
demographics.
“I think we have more
truly bilingual children com-
ing in,” she said. “So you
have a child who speaks two
languages who’s 6 years old.”
For more information
about the Be GLAD pro-
gram: www.BeGLADtrain-
ing.com.
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