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Supporting ELL Parents

Effective programs create a welcoming school environment for families of all language and cultural groups, where bilingualism is valued and there is a sense of belonging for all students and their families. Resources below can help schools communicate easier with families.

Schools are required to provide information to parents in a language they can understand. - Title VI of the Civil Rights Act (1964) & ELPA    Schools must provide effective outreach to engage parents of ELs.  - ESSA (2017) & ELPA   

How to Book an Interpreter

  • Create a calendar invite and invite your school's assigned interpreter. You can see their calendar by clicking on "Find a time." 

  • Ensure Guest Permissions on the invite allow the interpreter to "invite others" if they are not available. 

  • Include the following in your invite:

    • School name

    • Google meet link or room number (if in person)

    • Parent name, student name and gender

    • Pertinent information related to the meeting that the interpreter needs to research prior to the meeting (student gender, medical diagnosis, behavioral issue, technical terms that will be used, etc)

If district interpreters are unavailable, they will let you know if you need to use Language Link.

How to Work with an Interpreter

Parent meetings can be successful when the interpreter is set up for success. Please watch this video to learn how to use your interpreter effectively. 

Our interpreters use this protocol to help them provide a consistent message.

Document Translation and Phone Calls Home in Spanish

District Interpreters translate documents when they are not interpreting meetings and events. 

You can request document translation or phone calls home by clicking on the Translation Support button to the right.  We love to make positive phone calls home!  This button can also be found in Rapid Identity.




Parent-Teacher Conference Interpreters

Backup Interpreters

We expand our interpreter team during Parent-Teacher Conference times. 

  • Please fill out this form if you would like to earn extra duty pay by being a substitute interpreter at a school other than your own during parent-teacher conferences.

  • You must take the Basic Interpreter/Translator Training prior to becoming a substitute interpreter. 

Booking an Interpreter for your Parent-Teacher Conferences

Instructions: Add the time slots you need to the Parent-Teacher Conference Interpreter Schedule and we will find an interpreter for you. *Note: this button only functions during parent-teacher conference scheduling times (October & April).