Creating language and cultural bridges one training at a time!
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!
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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