As a school organization, you might be asking yourself, “How can we integrate language services to improve communication with our English-learning students and their families?” You are most likely preparing your 2021-2022 budget, and you are faced with deciding just how important language access services are to your school. ACSI can address this weighty decision using two key approaches: by implementing the ADHOC level from our Language Access Maturity Model™ (LAMM), and by providing direct suggestions that break down the language barrier we too often see between schools and the Non-English Proficient (NEP) community.
Per our definition, ADHOC means you can respond to your multicultural needs on a case-by-case basis. For example, if you have a large, in-school event coming up, or even “simple” parent- teacher conferences that you know will involve NEP parents, the ADHOC level from our LAMM allows ACSI to help you without formal processes, technology or staff in place, making it a very user-friendly option. The goal is to ensure all information is available to every student’s family; this means, together we break the language barrier, and provide translators and/or interpreters for all school functions when necessary.
In addition to our LAMM strategy, taking into account that classes will remain virtual or hybrid for the foreseeable future, ACSI suggests the following to bring your school and the NEP community closer: