2021-22 Connections for Home Language Interpreters

WI FACETS is actively seeking partnerships with 3 CESAs to conduct the following training during the 2021-22 school year.  Please check back for updates.

Training for Home Language Interpreters: Supporting Families Through the Special Education Process

For those seeking training for home language interpreters for families at IEP meetings, Wisconsin DPI has partnered with WI FACETS, LEAs, and other organizations to develop a one day training for home language interpreters who interpret for families at IEP meetings. The training provides increased awareness of state and federal laws, regulations and policies related to the educational rights of students who receive special education through an IEP and who may also be English Language Learners. The training also provides increased knowledge of legal responsibilities and requirements related to translation and interpretation of special education, terms, concepts, tools and resources for interpreters. Finally, the training supports improved skills to handle common ethical considerations while interpreting IEP meetings.


WI FACETS encourages districts to participate in the following Connections Series for Home Language Interpreters and Translators. This Network of Interpreters are a fabulous resource for continued professional development to better serve Wisconsin Families and Communities.

OCTOBER 6, 2021 I NOVEMBER 23, 2021 I APRIL 12, 2022
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

During the 2021-22 school year the Interpreter and Translator Connections Series will meet three times with ongoing online collaboration throughout the year. With your participation we look forward to continuing to build and expand this network of district interpreters and translators!

● The goal of this network is to meet the needs of interpreters and translators in K-12 schools.
● Members of this network will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss current topics and also network and resource share with others in the field from throughout the region.

To register for the Interpreter Translator Connection Series, please click here.

2021 Resources for Interpreters

Access the list of all resources and descriptions in a Word document (click here)

Resources for Interpreters


Refugee Children in U.S. Schools: A Toolkit for Teachers and School Personnel

Interpreter Manual for Special Education Mediation

Let’s Talk: Holding IEP Meetings with ELL Families and Interpreters

Green Bay Bilingual ESL Special Education Team (BEST) Handbook

Understanding Latino Families, Implications for Family Education

Speech and Language Assessment Linguistically Culturally Diverse: Spanish Speaking

Frequently Asked Questions on Confidentiality (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

Resources for Families and Educators

Equity Through Language Access: Best Practices for Collaborating with Interpreters

Back to School IEP Prep Sheet for Parents

Procedural Safeguards (Available in Spanish/English/Hmong)

Introduction to Special Education (English/En Espanol/Hmong)

Communication Options for Families (English/Spanish/Hmong)

Special Education in Plain Language (English/En Espanol)

Opening Doors to Self-Determination Skills (English/En Espanol)                             

A New Beginning for Ana and Her Family

Special Education Acronyms

ELL (English Language Learner) Resources

Family and Caregiver Handbooks for Students New to Wisconsin and U.S. Schools (English / Spanish)

Dual Language Learners with Disabilities: Supporting Young Children in the Classroom

Tools and Resources for Ensuring Meaningful Communication with Limited English Parents

Tips for Working with Telephone Interpreters

Culturally Responsiveness for Working in SchoolsAlaska

Public Health Toolkit for Translating

Interpreters in Healthcare – California

WI DPI Qualifications and Guidance

Additional Websites and Resources

Special Education Model Forms – WI DPI



ACCESS for ELL Page Resources
Parent Brochure/En Espanol/Hmong


Wisconsin Special Education Mediation System

Minnesota Department of Education

Serving on Groups that Make Decisions: A Guide for Families/Sirviendo en Grupos que Toman Decisiones: Una Guía para Familias

Disability Rights Enforcement Highlights

My Child has Been Expelled, Now What? | Mi hijo ha sido expulsado, ¿Y ahora qué?

Growing Wisconsin Readers (English/Spanish/Hmong)

Promise Grant Fliers and Resources

Pupil Nondiscrimination | Ley de No-Discriminación del Alumnado de Wisconsin (Hmong)

Getting Behavior in Shape at Home: by Laura Riffel and Ann Turnbull | Mejorando El Comportamiento en el Hogar: Por Laura Riffel y Ann Turnbull