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FPS Leads Language Access Initiative

Posted 9/27/22

FPS Promotes and Leads the Creation of the First Association of Language Access Leaders in Education in Massachusetts

After receiving a multitude of meeting and consultation requests from other public school districts and institutions statewide and nationally, Framingham Public Schools' Manager of Translation & Interpreting Services, Bernardo Llorente, launched an initiative which is now named the Association of Language Access Leaders in Education in Massachusetts.

The goal of this partnership is not only to share knowledge, expertise, resources, to establish standards and best practices, but also, and especially, to support school districts that do not have developed translation and interpretation systems. This association also advocates for language access and for the role of language access leader in districts with language needs, which will ultimately benefit students, families and their broader communities.

Mr. Llorente spent this past summer visiting and meeting with various language champions in education in Massachusetts to assemble a strong team to begin this journey. The heads of translation, interpretation and language services from Holyoke, Salem, Springfield, Milford, Worcester and Framingham Public Schools, plus a representative from the Willie Ross School for the Deaf will have their first joint session on September 30, which interestingly is also International Translation Day.
 
To help bring awareness to language access in education and the crucial role it plays in community engagement and partnership, the FPS Communications Office supported Mr. Llorente with the creation of a poster that will be hanging in Framingham School buildings starting Friday, September 30th which is also International Translation Day.
 
Learn more about our Language Services: Translation and Interpretation Office