Core Site Celebration - Des Moines!

Congratulations to Be GLAD Core Site, River Woods Elementary School! We celebrate River Woods ES for their outstanding contributions to their students and dedication in implementing the Be GLAD Strategies.

A Cause for Celebration

The Des Moines Public School (DMPS) District has been hosting Be GLAD trainings since early 2017. The teachers at River Woods ES have done a wonderful job implementing the strategies so all of their students can be successful. Nearly all of the staff at River Woods ES have been through their Be GLAD training, and the site even has their own Certified Agency Trainer & GLADiator!

Be GLAD Implementation 

DMPS also has 8 wonderful Be GLAD Certified Agency Trainers (CATs). What an amazing way to build lasting supports for teachers! The CATs and GLADiators have worked to conducted monthly follow-up sessions to highlight artifacts from the classroom. The team has also developed their own Process Grids, aligned with their standards and approved district curriculum. For on-going support to their teachers, the DMPS GLADiators send out “Strategy Spotlights” to share with teachers.

Teacher Spotlight

Special shout-out to Zipporah Smith, CAT from River Woods ES. Zipporah collaborated with the Be GLAD team over the summer to create a series of Social Justice resources for all teachers. She also hosted and taught many Be GLAD teacher webinars over the summer. Way to go Zipporah!

We celebrate and appreciate all the hard work from teachers in Des Moines Public Schools!

We love highlighting Be GLAD Core Sites! To nominate a school, email the Be GLAD Site Achievement Director,

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