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. Language interpretation training is a requirement to meet the provisions outlined in Wisconsin’s DPI’s Providing Language Assistance to Parents guidance document. 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.

Thank you to those who attended the Special Ed Training for Interpreters this school year.  It was so great to interact with everyone both in-person and online! We are grateful for your steadfast commitment to serving families in the critical role as an interpreter/translator.

Thank you to our partners for the 2023-24 school year as well:




Bruce Guadalupe Community Schools


Wausau School District

WI FACETS is actively seeking partnerships for this training in the 2024-25 school year! If you are interested in bringing this training to your area in the 2024-25 school year, please contact Lori Karcher at [email protected].

WI FACETS encourages districts to participate in the following networking opportunities for Home Language Interpreters and Translators. The networks of interpreters are a fabulous resource for continued professional development to better serve Wisconsin Families and Communities.

SEPTEMBER 29, 2023 | NOVEMBER 1, 2023 | FEBRUARY 7, 2024 | MAY 1, 2024
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST

During the 2023-24 school year the Interpreter and Translator Connection Series will meet four 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 series is to meet the needs of interpreters and translators in K-12 schools.
  • Members of this series 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 through CESA 6, please click here.



September 27, 2023 | November 29, 2023 | January 24, 2024 | March 27, 2024

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm CST

In addition to providing Immigrant and Multilingual Learners with high-quality teaching and learning experiences, school districts are required, to the extent practicable, to communicate with parents in a language they can understand. If a written translation is not provided, an oral interpretation should be made available whenever needed. As a result, the Interpreter/Translator Network will come together to discuss Wisconsin’s K-12 Translation and Interpretation requirements, Build Staff Capacity, Network, Share Ideas, Resources, and explore practice-based case studies in addition to chapters from both (a) The Community Interpreter: An International Textbook, and (b) The Community Interpreter: An International Workbook. All materials will be provided. We look forward to exploring these topics with you!

To register for the 2023-24 Interpreter/Translator Network series, please click here.