Newsletter - November 2021


Skill-Building Live Webinar Series – We are Ready for 2021!

Our last webinar of 2020 is on Saturday, December 12, 2020 (2 pm – 4:00 pm EST). We will be talking about special education mediation, due process hearings and terminology to prepare for disciplinary tribunals and manifestation determination meetings.

 

We are excited and proud to present our 2021 Skill-Building Live Webinar Series* thanks to the feedback we have received from our participants. Here’s a preview of what’s coming! SAVE THE DATES: Fridays, 6 pm – 8 pm EST: 

January 8, 2021, February 5, 2021, March 5, 2021, April 2, 2021, 

May 7, 2021, June 4, 2021

 

What’s New? A featured presentation for the first hour and sight translation and consecutive interpretation practice the second hour!!!

 

How? Participants will be practicing their skills in small groups with English Learner parents and teachers! What better way to practice than in a safe learning environment with the same people you serve! If you have attended one of our virtual conferences, you know how fun and helpful this can be!

 

Topics: Reading/writing rubrics, Parent-Teacher conference scheduling resources, IEP translation (written) practice, interpreter bias in standardized assessments, Functional Behavior Assessments, Behavior Intervention Plans, Assistive Technology terminology, Special Education eligibility reports, transitioning from IFSP to IEP, simultaneous interpretation tips for large group meetings, note-taking for interpreters in education and more!

Click here for more information! 

 

New Resources for Educational Translators and

Interpreters of Spoken Languages

Our Clearinghouse of Resources for Educational Translators and Interpreters of Spoken Languages now features additional (and free!) resources in Korean, French, Vietnamese, Chinese and Punjabi!! Our translators have created glossaries of frequently used educational terms in these languages to support the consistency and accuracy of translated documents and interpreted sessions.

  

How can these valuable resources be free? As a social enterprise, SeSo, Inc. has integrated social impact into business operations from its onset, prioritizing our social goals to ensure that we invest in practices and tools that strengthen language and cultural bridges. If you have attended one of our workshops, classes, webinars, and courses, you have contributed to this effort to establish collective change and support the professionalism of interpreters and translators in education!

 

But wait, there’s more...

Our Arabic, Vietnamese, French, Korean, Chinese, Hindi and Japanese Interpreters and Translators have added short videos to our YouTube Channel to practice consecutive interpretation in K-12 settings: Check out our YouTube Channel!! The positive feedback from our partners (school districts and Professional Interpreters in Education) encourages us to create additional and helpful tools. Stay tuned!

 

Check Out Our Blog!

Jessica Sanchez, an experienced Professional Interpreter and Translator in Education and graduate of our Arkansas Interpreter Credential in Education Training Course is our new blogger!! Welcome to our team Jessica! Jessica will be sharing articles and information that will highlight English Learner family engagement, student achievement, and meaningful home-school connections. Read her first blog.

 

Cultural Wealth: Seeing Assets Before Deficits 

Thank you to all the Teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages who attended our Cultural Humility Session and participated in a great conversation about family engagement in virtual settings. Our participants got to hear the results of informal interviews with English Learner parents who shared their efforts to maintain, and sometimes, create home-school connections to support student learning during unusual circumstances. Speakers of Arabic, Somali, Gujarati, Nepali, Pashto, Hindi, Amharic, Burmese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, French, and Spanish helped us highlight the resilience, resourcefulness, creativity, and natural leadership skills of our families. Through their stories, we are reminded that we must continue to acknowledge the extraordinary and that, regardless of cultural or language background, families need us to see their assets and cultural wealth, before their deficits.  

 

Building our Network of Professional Interpreters in Education

We are making history again! Our UGA Professional Interpreter in Special Education Certificate online course welcomed its first participant from the Dominican Republic! She joined participants from 12 states who will work through terminology pertaining to psychoeducational assessments, practice consecutive interpretation with simulated eligibility and IEP meetings, and develop their vocabulary and abbreviation glossaries.

With 38 students, 15 states and one country combined, our UGA Professional Interpreter in Education and our Professional Interpreter in Special Education Certificate online courses are covering some ground!

 

In NAETISL's News

Our efforts to establish a collective understanding of the standards, qualifications and accreditation requirements for educational translators and interpreters of spoken languages are paying off! Our nationally-vetted Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice represents the efforts and contributions of our stakeholders including school administrators, faculty and staff, interpreters, translators and English Learner parents in 38 states! We are very proud of the progress we have made to highlight the essential work of educational translators and interpreters of spoken languages, and will continue to work tirelessly towards language access and language justice in early childhood and K-12 settings! 

An Update From Our Doctoral Student

Semester one of our Founder and CEO's PhD in Special Education is almost done! So much to share with our future course and workshop participants about Learning Disabilities, assessment of young children, and disabilities in dual language learners. Research on the impact of spoken language interpreters and translators will help lead our professional development and advocacy efforts! One semester down, 3,500 more to go!

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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! 

 



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!


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. 

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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