Language Access

Parent Community Specialists

A talented team of bilingual and bicultural Parent Community Specialists provide outreach and services for limited English-speaking parents in the Portland Public Schools through a variety of ways: Translation and Interpretation Services, Parent Advisory Council (PAC) Meetings, Citizenship Classes, Cultural Brokering, and Referral to Agencies and Services.

Interpretation and Translation Services

Portland Public Schools recognizes the special needs of members of linguistic and cultural minority groups who are limited English proficient (LEP). In order to ensure equal access to public education, Portland Public Schools is committed to providing access to interpreter and translation services during school hours for all students and family members.

From initial intake at the Multilingual & Multicultural Center to school meetings such as parent/teacher conferences and PTO meetings, parents are provided interpretation and translation services by Parent Community Specialists and/or Native Language Facilitators who speak their language and understand their culture.

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