• The Translation and Interpretation Unit is sponsoring Self-paced 5-hour online PDs on Engaging Immigrants, Refugees, and English Learner Families. There are six courses to select from, and you may earn PDPs and/or graduate credits. Please see the flyer and the registration form to sign up or for more information. The registration deadline is December 15, 2022, and courses will be available starting January 15, 2023. For questions, contact Allen Dowling, adowling@bostonpublicschools.org, or Ahmed Noor, anoor@bostonpublicschools.org.

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What We Do

  • The Translation & Interpretation Unit’s mission is to ensure families have meaningful access to all aspects, programs, opportunities and services pertaining to their children’s education by providing a multitude of language services via internal and external resources to safeguard communications.

    The Translation & Interpretation Unit manages language access for the District. A large portion of this work entails coordinating translation and interpretation services to facilitate communication with parents/guardians whose primary language is not English. Please read our BPS memorandum, “BPS Office of Family & Community Advancements Translation & Interpretation Services Protocol,” for additional information. We currently translate into the 9 major languages of the District (other languages available upon request):

    Arabic | Cape Verdian Creole | Chinese | French | Haitian Creole | Portuguese | Somali | Spanish | Vietnamese

Requesting Services

  • Parents/Guardians: If you need translation and interpretation services, contact the main office of your child/children(s) school. If your preferred language of communication is other than English, the District/School must provide you “Essential Information” in the language you specify. Page three of the BPS memorandum provides examples of “Essential Information” requiring translation & interpretation. In addition, please review the DOJ Fact Sheet that clarifies your language access rights.

    Boston Public School Employees: Please request translation and interpretation services through our Veoci Request portal. Each school and office has its assigned set of requesters: Principal/Headmaster, his/her designee (optional, must notify T&I Unit via email), the COSE and the COSE’s secretary. Note that any language access work performed outside of the District’s established T&I protocol will be at the requesting party’s expense.


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