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Language Support Services in an Educational Setting: Framing the Profession to Maximize Access, Impact, and Intended Outcomes. Pre-WIABE Conference April 11, 2014. by Dominic James Ledesma Perzichilli. Three Frames. The Profession. School Districts. Statewide Enterprises. Definition.

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Language support services in an educational setting framing the profession to maximize access impact and intended outcomes

Language Support Services in an Educational Setting: Framing the Profession to Maximize Access, Impact, and Intended Outcomes

Pre-WIABE Conference

April 11, 2014

by

Dominic James Ledesma Perzichilli


Three frames

Three Frames

The Profession

School Districts

Statewide Enterprises


Definition

Definition

Language support is the use of any necessary tool or resource to facilitate communication where a linguistic/cultural barrier would otherwise exist (Ledesma 2010)

Examples: Interpretation, Translation,


Why is the mitigation of cultural and linguistic barriers important

Why is the mitigation of cultural and linguistic barriers important?

  • Mandated by law

  • Moral imperative

  • Inclusive practice

  • Civility

  • Build stronger communities

  • The is a need


Individuals with limited english proficiency lep in wisconsin

Individuals with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) in Wisconsin¹

  • US Census Bureau 2011 American Community Survey (ACS)

  • Wisconsin’s total household population over the age of 5 was 5,362,567

  • Out of the state household population, 177,233 identified as LEP

  • Individual counties with LEP populations higher than the state estimate of 3.3%: Milwaukee (6.7%); Clark (4.5%); Dane (4.5%); Walworth (4.4%); Brown (4.2%); Kenosha (4.2%); Sheboygan (3.8%) and Racine (3.6%).

3.3%

¹Taken from WI Courts Language Access Plan


Lep students in wi school districts

LEP Students in WI School Districts

  • 2009-2010 Report on the status of bilingual-bicultural education programs in WI

  • 361 of 425 districts had one LEP pupil

15%

85% of the districts in the state


Language access in wi at the enterprise level

Language Access in WIat the Enterprise Level

  • Courts (Public)

  • Health Care (Public & Private)

  • Education (Public & Private)


Commitment to language access at the enterprise level

Commitment to Language Access at the Enterprise Level

WI Court System

Brass Tacks

Specialized training to meet a “special need”

Legal mandate

Sustainable certification program (Quality Standards)

Publication (The road map, handbook, and tool belt)

Task force oversight

Coordination of resources

Buy in from external stakeholder groups

  • Complex, precise, and technical lexicon

  • Compliance with Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • Court Interpreter Program and policy development since 1999

  • Language Access Plan

  • Council on Language Access (tools for certification)

  • Consortium for Language Access (shared resources)

  • State & federal alignment

  • Professional organizations (ATA, NAJIT, etc.) for continued education


Commitment to language access at the enterprise level1

Commitment to Language Access at the Enterprise Level

Health Care (e.g. GHC)

Brass Tacks

Specialized training to meet a “special need”

Legal mandate

Centralized coordination of services and resources

Standards development for certification

Buy in from external stakeholder groups

  • Complex, precise, and technical lexicon

  • Compliance with Civil Rights Act of 1964

  • LEP Coordinator (on-site)

  • National Council on Interpreting in Health Care (NCIHC)

  • Local, state, and national professional organizations (ATA,UMTIA, etc.)


Commitment to language access at the enterprise level2

Commitment to Language Access at the Enterprise Level

Public Education

Brass Tacks

Yes!

Yes!

Yes!

Yes!

Yes!

Yes!

Sometimes?

It depends.

  • Complex, precise, and technical lexicon?

  • Accountable to comply with Civil Rights Act of 1964?

  • Need to develop standards beyond the local level?

  • Need for ongoing professional development?

  • Need for a task force to address issues of language access?

  • Do professional organizations recognize education as an area of specialization?

  • Centralized coordination of resources and services?


Ownership of language support services by agency

Ownership of Language Support Services by Agency

Court Interpreting = WI Court System

Health Care (public) = Department of Health Services

Health Care (private) = In-house coordination by providers

Education (public) = ? ? ? ?


The profession

The Profession

Complex and Unique role of LSS in Educational Setting


The public s perspective

The Public’s Perspective

(Oral)

Translator

Interpreter

(Written)


Language support in an educational s etting

Language Support in an educational setting¹

Indirect

Direct

Language support where a member of the staff can assist the student/parent in the target language

Language support through the use of an intermediary resource or tool

Taken from: Ledesma Perzichilli, D.J. (2011). Language Support Services in the Public Schools: A Framework for Including the Underserved Parents of Public Education. Concientización, 6(1&2), 12-22


Lss in an educational setting

LSS in an Educational Setting¹

Taken from: Ledesma Perzichilli, D.J. (2011). Language Support Services in the Public Schools: A Framework for Including the Underserved Parents of Public Education. Concientización, 6(1&2), 12-22


If the lss profession had a motto what would it be

If the LSS profession had a motto, what would it be?


Context dictates everything

Context dictates everything.


Roles of the lss professional in public education

Roles of the LSS Professional in Public Education

  • Interpretation (Oral Linguistic Transference)

  • Translation (Written Linguistic Transference)

  • Cultural Brokering

  • Family/Community Liaison

  • Advocacy


Where and how does language support need to happen

Where and how does language support need to happen?

Parent-TeacherConferences

Family inclusion strategies

Handbook

District meetings

Health forms

Behavioral intervention strategies

School policies

Curriculum

Permission slips

Code of conduct

School Emergency Plans

School letters to parents

IEP documents


School districts

School Districts

A Supportive Framework


School districts1

School Districts

  • Adopt LSS Policy

  • Set standards of quality (certification, code of ethics, etc.)

  • Standardize the integration and administration of LSS practices

  • Task force oversight for issues related to language access (e.g. localization, technical terms, tools, best practices, etc.)

  • Platform for ongoing development of technical skills

  • Promote the establishment and coordination of stakeholder groups


Rethinking the hierarchy

“Rethinking the Hierarchy”


Final thoughts

Final Thoughts

  • Education matches the other two enterprises in size, scope, and mission

  • Compared to other two areas, LSS practitioners in education play a very unique and complex role

  • LSS is an integral service that is critical to the educational process

  • Standardize and streamline practices that promote high quality communications and interactions

  • Continue to build out the administrative framework that supports LSS at every level (school, district, state, and federal)


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Thank you

Thank You!

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