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Jody Bader and Dr. Sara Martinez started their Project GLAD® journeys as trainers over 15 years ago and have been working as GLAD® training partners for 13 years. Together, they quickly earned reputations as leaders in their field and premier GLAD® consultants in the Pacific Northwest.

Since that time, they have trained and coached thousands of teachers and administrators to bring the power of integrated content and language instruction to classrooms.

Several years ago, they joined forces again through Next Steps with Project GLAD® to enhance implementation support through virtual coaching opportunities.

Hi! I'm Jody - 

I'm an educator with two decades of experience as a classroom teacher, ELD specialist, instructional coach, education researcher, and one of the Northwest’s leading OCDE Project GLAD® consultants.

In 2007, I founded ESL Consulting Services, Inc. to meet the growing need across the country to educate English learners with culturally and linguistically sensitive practices.

I have worked with teachers in the US and internationally who are committed to improving their practice the culture of their classrooms for all students through the OCDE Project GLAD® model.

I have trained and coached thousands of teachers in the model and have a passion for mentoring new trainers in training. You can learn more about me at my company website



Hi! I'm Sara -Ā 

I have a passion to see individuals and teams reach their full potential. Founder of Strategic Steps, I coach individuals and teams through times of change and growth.Ā I speak, lead and coach from personal experience and over two decades of educational, nonprofit and for profit leadership.

My research and educational influence flows naturally from my work with young children through seniors. I have had the privilege of walking beside individuals, staffs and organizationsĀ in their growth journeys, through Strategic Steps and Next Steps with Project GLADĀ®.

As a TEDx speaker and growth coach, I rejuvenate between engagements with husband, Joe, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about me at my company websiteĀ