About Us

 

 

Jody Bader and Dr. Sara Martinez joined forces in 2009 to offer districts quality OCDE Project GLAD® training and 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 across their region, worked with dozens of administrators to bring the power of integrated content and language instruction to classrooms, and have joined forces again to create Next Steps with OCDE Project GLAD®. Next Steps is your hub for online customized GLAD® support.  

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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 been working with teachers in the US and internationally for over 10 years who are committed to improving their practice and improving 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 www.eslconsultingservices.com

Hi, I'm Sara!

I have a passion to see individuals and teams reach their full potential. Founder of Strategic Steps, I provide speaking, training and coaching to unleash potential and maximize synergy within leaders, teams and organizational cultures. I speak and write from personal experience and over two decades of educational, nonprofit and for profit leadership. 

My research and educational influence flows naturally from my own work with primary grades through adult learners. I have had the privilege of training and walking beside thousands of teachers, district trainers and administrators through Strategic Steps, Next Steps, and the implementation of OCDE Project GLAD® strategies.

As a TEDx speaker and frequent presenter, I rejuvenate between engagements with husband, Joe, in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. You can learn more about me at my company website at www.strategicsteps.org, or follow along on Facebook.

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