Establishing a Collective Understanding of Standards and Professionalism!

A national organization to establish, maintain and promote the standards, qualifications and accreditation of educational translators and interpreters of spoken languages is now a reality! The National Accreditation of Educational Translators and Interpreters of Spoken Languages (NAETISL) is a professional organization that collaborates with stakeholders to establish a collective understanding of the standards, qualifications and accreditation requirements for educational translators and interpreters of spoken languages with the goal of enhancing English Learner family involvement, student achievement, and meaningful home-school communication.

 

As a future 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NAETISL’s vision is to support language access and language justice in early childhood and K-12 educational settings through highly qualified and nationally accredited educational translators and interpreters of spoken languages. To support school districts and English Learner families, NAETISL will provide evidence-based best practices, cost-effective language access tools, and resources to develop, sustain and evaluate interpretation and translation units to strengthen home-school connections with all students and families. Our collaboration with English Learner families and school administrators will establish a quality assurance process for members of our community who rely on professional and nationally accredited educational translators and interpreters of spoken languages. 

 

We are also thrilled to announce that our Chairperson, Ana Soler, has received approval to focus her PhD in Special Education research on culturally and linguistically responsive practices in early childhood and K-12 settings, and the impact of qualifications, training, and skill-development of educational translators and interpreters of spoken languages. We will now have the research and data to support the essential work of translators and interpreters in education, and highlight the importance of specialized training and accreditation of professional interpreters and translators working in early childhood and K-12 settings. 

 

Please visit our website: https://www.naetisl.net/ for additional information and for ways to get involved (https://forms.gle/5kg51LX437GCs4ac7) We look forward to strengthening this national effort on behalf of our school districts, our families and our professional interpreters and translators in education! 

 

Building Our Network of Professional Interpreters in Education

 

Our Professional Interpreter in Education Certificate and Professional Interpreter in Special Education Certificate online course participants will certainly benefit from being taught by a PhD in Special Education student this fall! Not only will our October cohort receive and practice the foundational skills of a professional interpreter in education, but they will also benefit from in-depth information about psychoeducational assessments, impact of interpreter bias, evaluation reports and more. Our students will have the opportunity to participate in a simulated IEP and be challenged with new terminology, abbreviations, and idiomatic expressions through sight translation exercises. We cannot wait to engage with our course participants in October enhance the skills of professionals working with English Learner families and school districts across the nation.  

Professional Interpreter in Education Certificate Course

Format: Online, 30 hrs / 3.0 CEUs

Weekly live chats with students across the nation! Upcoming sessions:

October 12 - November 30, 2020

and

Professional Interpreter in Special Education Certificate Course

Format: Online, 30 hrs / 3.0 CEUs

Weekly live chats with students across the nation! Upcoming sessions:

October 19 - December 7, 2020


Up Next: Skill-Building Live Webinar Series for

Professional Interpreters in Education - #4

Saturday, October 17, 2020 (2 pm – 4:00 pm EST): Ethical Dilemmas Pertaining to Special Education Meetings  AND Parent Questionnaires and Background Information: From a School Psychologist’s Perspective . Click here to register.


Building New Collaboration Bridges

 Looking for relevant and practical tools for interpreters and translators? Check out Dynamic Equivalence: http://www.dynamicequivalence.com/ a blog written by Gabriela Espinoza Siebach, a Certified Healthcare Interpreter (CHI™), with more than 15 years of professional experience in linguistics, who has spearheaded the development of multiple training, mentorship, and assessment programs. Gabriela participated in our last virtual conference for Professional Interpreters in Education which, according to our evaluations, provided a positive learning experience and lifelong connections. We appreciate the contributions of colleagues like Gabriela who foster the professionalism of all interpreters and translators.

 

Thank you to inLingo (https://www.inlingo.com/) for collaborating with SeSo, Inc. to ensure that professional interpreters working as independent contractors, receive standardized training prior to assisting school districts and English Learner families! Our Interpreter in Education Bootcamp sessions have been especially designed for inLingo interpreters to provide an overview of educational interpreting, special education terminology and protocols, and our standards of practice. As noted by Alessandra Campana, inLingo’s Founder/Co-owner and Director of Operations:

 

The unprecedented and lingering circumstances brought by the COVID-19 pandemic turned remote services into a necessity. From being an auxiliary service, remote interpreting is now vital to go forward with any reopening plan each school system throughout the country decides to adopt. inLingo was born out of the need for improvement in the remote interpretation industry and to promote and support proper training. inLingo understands that school settings require specific training and preparation on the part of the interpreters. Therefore, our collaboration with SeSo, Inc. and Ana Soler is vital to reach this objective. Ana Soler’s program ensures that professional interpreters have the tools they need to support schools and families.

 

 

inLingo is now part of our family of language services providers who understand the importance of specialized training to support our schools and English Learner families. We look forward to strengthening our collaboration.


Newsletter Archives

Creating language and cultural bridges one training at a time! 

Professional Interpreters in Education Virtual Conference: An Example of Collaboration and Cross-Training

Recognizing commonalities and strengthening professional connections with interpreters with experience in a variety of settings were some of the goals we set out to accomplish with our second virtual conference. From our conference evaluations, we can tell that we accomplished that and so much more! We learned about video remote interpretation from Sign Language Interpreters; we learned the connection between legal interpreters and the work we do in special education settings; we highlighted the note-taking and sight translation skills expected of interpreters in early childhood and K-12 settings; and we worked through ethical dilemmas.

 

And then we got to practice! General Education and Special Education Teachers, along with Language Access and Language Justice Advocates volunteered their time to help our interpreters practice consecutive interpretation. Not only did our participants get to practice their skills in a safe learning environment, but teachers and moderators got to see some of the linguistic challenges that interpreters face (interpreting idioms, jargon, unknown terminology and more). The connections made and the professional growth that was accomplished in a few hours, will certainly have long lasting and positive effects. We can't wait for our next virtual adventure! 

 Clearinghouse of Resources for Educational Translators and Interpreters of Spoken Languages

Our Clearinghouse is growing thanks to you! We can ALL benefit from the resources you are adding. Soon, SeSo, Inc. will be contributing with video clips in various languages to practice consecutive interpretation! Resources are reviewed prior to publishing to eliminate duplicates and ensure they are placed in the appropriate category. Click here to visit this free resource for interpreters and translators in education


Inaugural Virtual Conference for Professional Interpreters in Education

Our group of dedicated Marshallese and Spanish-speaking professionals in Arkansas who provide interpretation services in educational settings serving children from birth through 12th grade participated in our inaugural two-day Virtual Conference and left energized and more united than ever! We brought together all of the teams that we have trained for the past three years and recipients of an Interpreter Credential recognized by both the Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas DHS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. To build our network and offer much needed peer support, we invited several distinguished guest speakers (also known as former UGA Professional Interpreters in Education course students or SeSo, Inc. workshop participants) to share their knowledge and experience. We learned Video Remote Interpretation techniques, vocabulary to work with families of children with Autism and Learning Disabilities, and tips to prepare for special eructation meetings. We practiced different modes of interpretation, and developed resources for further learning. Best of all, we created a community based on genuine and enthusiastic support and we left energized and better prepared for a new school year. Thank you to all the professionals who participated and shared their expertise!


Skill-Building Live Webinar Series for

Professional Interpreters in Education

Participants from Ohio and Tennessee and speakers of Punjabi and Urdu joined our latest session of the Skill-Building Live Webinar Series for Professional Interpreters in Education and learned alongside interpreters from NC, AL, AR, CA, CO, IL, MN, SC and WA and speakers of 9 other languages. We were honored to have, as a guest speaker, one of the leaders who helped develop our Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for Educational Interpreters of Spoken Languages. Thank you to all the school districts across the nation that are making the recorded version of our webinars available to bilingual school personnel as part of their efforts to foster the professional development of their interpreters.  Our next live webinar is Saturday, August 15, 2020 (2 pm – 4:00 pm EST: Student and Parent Rights in Special Education: Supporting EL Families with Knowledge and Terminology for Interpreters Collaborating with International Welcome Centers: Transcript Evaluations and Parent Interviews). Click here to register. Recordings of previous webinars are available.


Why We Choose to Celebrate

Thank you to our SeSo, Inc. Contract Interpreters and Translators, our network of Professional Interpreters in Education, our University of Georgia students (former and present), colleagues who are participating in our Skill-Building Live Webinar series, and all the Teachers and School Administrators that support their work. Though our end-of-school year looks and feels different than before, we choose to focus on the many things we can celebrate. We, at SeSo, Inc. are grateful for all of the school districts across the nation that rely on our expertise to provide only the most qualified and trained interpreters/translators and cultural liaisons. In the last month, our team of Interpreters/Translators has:

  • Provided Video Remote Interpretation or Phone Interpretation for over 480 meetings in 11 languages.
  • Translated over 200 pages of text in 9 different languages, often completing translations within a day to ensure that our English Learner parents obtain information promptly.

We only train the best and we only work with the best! Here’s a glimpse of the connections that our trained and qualified Professional Interpreters and Translators in Education have made thus far and what we choose to celebrate: 

  •  I walked a Vietnamese speaking parent through the Kindergarten registration process over Zoom! We both learned a lot about technology that day!
  • I translated a 16-page Digital Learning Lesson Plan from English to Arabic in less than a day, so our families could be informed on ways to support their student during this time.
  •  The school offered an online meeting for Portuguese speaking families and the Principal. I was so fortunate to be the interpreter for that meeting and communicate the grateful messages from our families to the Principal.
  •  I interpreted for 14 Special Education meetings with Spanish speaking families in a week! I felt essential!
  •  Our English Learner families are trying to do their part. A Spanish-speaking Mom reached out to me to set up an online meeting with the teacher to learn about Google Classroom and see how else she could help her child at home. That’s big!   
  • Translating graduation cancellation notices was sad. However, I felt that I was doing my part by keeping our English Learner families informed almost at the same time as our English-speaking families. That’s important.
  • Our school has been great about sending frequent communication to our families in Chinese, French, Spanish, Vietnamese and Korean, thanks to your translators!
  • The school was worried that their Burmese-speaking families were being left behind. I was happy to communicate with the families to make sure that they were not.
  • I participated in your last Skill-Building Live Webinar Series and learned tips to switch from in-person interpretation to Video Remote Interpretation. I had my first VRI meeting the following week and it was very smooth and professional! Thank you.
  • Our families and our kids are very resilient. Each time I interpret for families online, I am reminded of how strong our families and our kids really are during a crisis. 

We are in this together!

So much has changed since our last newsletter just a few weeks ago! Although we are living through rough times, we are inspired by all of the teachers, interpreters, translators, family liaisons, and school support personnel who have adapted by learning new skills, while becoming stronger advocates because of this experience.  We have learned that technology access is just as important as language access and language justice in our communities, reminding us that this situation should not prevent specialized populations, like English language learners or students with special needs, from receiving the services and teaching they need.  We are committed to support our communities through this and have compiled a variety of resources for school personnel and English Learner families to help us all navigate through this experience. Thank you for all you do and much health to you and yours!

 

  • Check out our Resources for Teachers and School Administrators to find U.S. Department of Education resources to address the needs of schools while preserving language access and serving children with disabilities, multilingual resources for teachers, and glossaries to support English Learner families with technology.
  • Our Tools for School Interpreters and Translators now includes glossaries of standardized COVID-19 terms, fact sheets and resources in over 20 languages.  

2020 Skill-Building Live Webinar Series - Ongoing Learning and Stronger Collaborations!

We are proud of our team for coming together and joining forces in the middle of uncertainty and chaos! Professional Interpreters in Education, School Psychologists, Special Education Teachers and International Student Advisors are combining efforts to offer essential information for those interpreting or translating in education settings. Our Skill-Building Live Webinar Series will start on Saturday, April 18, 2020, featuring two guest speakers per webinar, resources for further learning, glossaries pertaining to each topic and a Certificate of Attendance for participants.  See our Professional Development for School Interpreters section for additional details and registration form. 


Our Network of Professional Interpreters in Education Just Got Stronger! 

Arkansas continues to pave the way for Professional Interpreters in Education.  Another group of dedicated Marshallese and Spanish-speaking professionals in Arkansas who provide interpretation services in educational settings serving children from birth through 12th grade will soon receive their Interpreter Credential. This professional credential is recognized by both the Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas DHS Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Education. Our schools are very fortunate to count with these professionals who are specifically trained to provide the type of language access services that our schools and English Learner families deserve. 

Our Health and Education Promoters Program...A Success Story

We are very grateful to the International Community School for supporting our mission to create language and cultural bridges, one training at a time. As part of our effort to strengthen the knowledge bridge between medical and educational interpreters, our Health and Education Promotion Program (HEPP®) participants completed a 40-hour training that covered topics such as disparities in health and education, language access and the role of the interpreter, standards of practice and code of ethics in healthcare and education, strategies to become cultural bridge builders, ethical dilemmas, interpreter self-care, and consecutive, simultaneous and sight translation skills practice. Our Dari, Farsi, Pashto, Spanish, Somali, Nepali, Amharic, French, Burmese, Hakha, Falam, Mara Chin, Chinese, Swahili, Lingala, Arabic and Barawa speakers also learned how to market their skills as interpreters, tools needed to work as Video Remote Interpreters and frequently used terms related to health and education.  

 

As a social enterprise*, SeSo, Inc. was able to provide scholarships to most of the participants who, upon completing all of the course requirements, were referred to local and national interpreter agencies that will benefit from their linguistic and cultural skills. SeSo, Inc. will also enlist some of our graduates to communicate cultural humility messages to school districts and develop additional tools to support the work of interpreters and translators. We look forward to collaborating with other community organizations to continue offering our Health and Education Promotion Program (HEPP®) and support language access while providing workforce development opportunities to our participants. 


Promoting the Gift of Bilingualism - One of Our Favorite Missions!

What do you like the most about your job as an interpreter?  What do I need to do now if I want to become an interpreter? Can I be a translator and also an interpreter? How did you learn English? Can a medical interpreter also work in a school? How much can I earn as an interpreter?  A recent Career Fair gave SeSo, Inc. the amazing opportunity to answer these and many more thoughtful questions from bilingual high school students and provide resources for career exploration in the field of interpretation and translation. Talking to these young, gifted minds about the exciting opportunities available to use their language and culture to benefit their communities, is one of the most important missions we have as an organization and we look forward to continuing to reach our future workforce with our message.     


Promoting Welcoming Schools for All - Strengthening Cultural Bridges

Cultural humility is defined as an ongoing process of self- reflection and self-critique. We are grateful for the opportunity to involve school front office personnel and teachers in this process in order to create more welcoming schools and communities! Our highly interactive workshops have provided educators with practical tools to engage English Learner families, highlight family contributions to their children’s education, and describe the essential skills of qualified school interpreters and cultural liaisons to create stronger home-school connections. Our next workshop in GA will include a panel of our very own Cultural Liaisons and Professional Interpreters in Education who will share insight about educational differences, family expectations and more. We can’t wait to meet School Principals, Faculty and Administrators seeking to promote welcoming schools for all. 


Professional Interpreters in Education - Incorporating Community, Medical and Legal Interpretation Skills 

We would like to thank De La Mora Institute of Interpretation for highlighting our Professional Interpreters in Education in their latest podcast featuring our Founder and CEO, Ana Soler. As Professional Interpreters in Education we incorporate many of the skills of community, medical and legal interpreters, and we are happy to showcase the wealth of knowledge that our interpreters need to have to be accurate and effective. We are proud to advocate for our unique profession and the steps we are taking to strengthen our network, so that our schools and English Learner families are served by the best and most qualified interpreters.   


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