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Interpretation & Translation in Schools

According to federal law and regulations, school districts must provide parents with information in a language they understand and yet, so many school districts struggle to do this. Check out this short course for tips and tools for providing language assistance to parents! By improving access to information - regardless of home language - you will help close opportunity gaps and ensure equity for ALL students and families in your district.

What will I learn? What are the learning objectives?

In this course, you will:

  • Acquire information on language access laws and parental rights
  • Gain awareness of how interpretation / translation requirements are typically fulfilled by school districts
  • Increase knowledge of best practices for working with interpreters
  • Discover strategies for providing language assistance during parent teacher conferences, back to school nights, parent workshops, and report card time

How long is the course and will I receive a certificate?

  • If you are NOT interested in the certificate: you can watch the lectures in 1 hour.
  • If you ARE interested in the certificate: you must select two resources per module to review and contribute to the discussion. With this option, the total course will take you 2.5 hours to complete. For the certificate, you must also take the online quiz and pass with an 80% or better.

What is the course outline?

Module 1: Language Access & Parental Rights

  • Watch lecture (22 minutes)
  • Reading/viewing resources - choose 2 (20 minutes)
  • Comments/Discussion (10 minutes)

Module 2: Using Interpreters & Improving Access Points

  • Watch lecture (21 minutes)
  • Reading/viewing resources - choose 2 (20 minutes)
  • Comments/Discussion (10 minutes)

Module 3: Tips for Language Assistance During Various Activities

  • Watch lecture (17 minutes)
  • Reading/viewing resources - choose 2 (20 minutes)
  • Comments/Discussion (10 minutes)


Your Instructor


Laura Gardner
Laura Gardner

Laura has 16 years of experience working in public education (MD & VA), refugee resettlement, and social work. While in public education, she worked as a district level manager for immigrant family and community engagement as well as a school social worker. Prior to working in the schools, Laura worked for Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) and managed their national technical assistance initiative to federal Refugee School Impact Grantees. Laura has facilitated trainings on building the capacity of teachers and school systems to engage immigrant families in their children’s education, language access, cultural competency, equity, unaccompanied immigrant children, immigrant family reunification, and refugee resettlement. Laura holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education.





Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

Thank you for completing this course! I look forward to reading your evaluations.

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