Bilingual Support Services


Below are a list of services the Bilingual Department offers to the Lansing School District Families and Staff.

 

The Lansing School District offers Language Instructional Educational Programs (LIEP) for English Learners at Cumberland, Sheridan Road, and North Elementary Schools, Gardner International Academy, and Eastern, Everett, and Sexton high schools. Programs provide services with highly qualified ESL teachers, Specialized Assistants/Bilingual Educators, SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) trained content area teachers, and referrals to available community services.

Every academic year, each school is assessed and ranked by the number of students speaking a given language. This data provides the framework for the creation of a Bilingual Assistant schedule where staff languages are paired with the greatest needs in each school. Bilingual Assistants are funded with supplemental funds which include: Title III LEP, Immigrant, Title I and Section 31a.


In 2016, the Dr. Eva L. Evans Welcome Center and Bilingual Intake Office were created to provide a resource where the newly arrived could enroll, be tested for English proficiency, and be screened for stressors that are important to identify when helping children fleeing trauma and war. The Welcome Center also provides parents with community and school resources to assist them in their adjustment to our community (e.g. Adult ESL classes, community services to support home visits, afterschool opportunities etc.).

Since September 2016, more than 400 students have been enrolled through the Welcome Center and preliminary feedback suggests that principals and staff prefer this form of enrollment over that which occurred school by school.


The Lansing School District Bilingual Education Department recognizes the hard work teachers and administrators do every day to reach out to our bilingual students and families. Sometimes, a visit from school personnel can help bridge the communication gap and bring needed support to parents and students.

For attendance issues, behavior issues, or other concerns that cannot be resolved via phone and you would like a Cultural Broker from the Bilingual Education Department to conduct a home visit to one of your students’ families, please fill out the form below. For additional questions, please contact Trisha Dowell trisha.dowell@lansingschools.net.

External LinkBilingual Homevisit Request Form


The Lansing School District Bilingual Department is pleased to offer numerous materials translated into our 7+ most common languages. For more translated materials, please visit the LSD Bilingual Education Facebook page.


The Bilingual Education Department places Bilingual Assistants in many of our schools to provide critical support to our English Learner population. However, when the need for language/cultural support exceeds the capacity and role the Bilingual Assistants can provide, the department contracts with Cultural Brokers to help meet these needs.

A cultural broker is a contracted member who speaks a highly specialized language and assists with interpretation and translation needs for the district. Cultural Brokers facilitate communication between parents, staff, and community agencies and can frequently be found supporting school services like parent teacher conferences, IEPs, school meetings and specialized interventions with at risk students.

The Bilingual Department’s current pool of cultural brokers consists of 75 people speaking over 20 of the most frequently requested languages by the district.

External LinkTranslation/Interpretation Request Form


In an effort to help families communicate more effectively with the district and school buildings, we are reminding you to please share and utilize the below phone numbers. Parents can call and leave a message on one of the below lines and it will be checked and followed up by the Bilingual Education department and referred accordingly. These lines are for non-emergencies and are designed to provide a resource for staff to help families voice their questions and concerns when interpreters are not available to assist.

Arabic: 517-755-1375

Burmese: 517-755-1372

Farsi/Dari: 517-755-1380

Nepali: 517-755-1373

Somali: 517-755-1374

Spanish: 517-755-1371

Swahili: 517-755-1376

Other Languages: 517-755-1381

 

*When leaving a message, please make sure to leave the student’s name, student’s school and a return phone number*

Extending the learning day for English Learners is critical to their language acquisition and ability to achieve grade-level benchmarks. The Lansing School District, with support from the Bilingual Education Department, provides extended day programming for ELs in grades K-12 during the fall and spring semesters, as well as summer learning opportunities to help bridge the summer learning gap. 

Teachers, staff, community agencies, and volunteers offer support for these programs, which are designed to support WIDA standards, homework completion, testing strategies, and social adjustment support.

Currently available opportunities include: 

  • BEST Summer Camp
  • Nikki’s role

 

 

Lansing School District’s Bilingual Education Department strives to provide parents with authentic and meaningful connections and involvement with their children’s schools and education, as well as educational opportunities for themselves. Efforts include:

  • A parent orientation and interview of all new arrivals to assess for needs and to provide links to community resources at our Bilingual Intake Office.
  • Training and scheduling of Bilingual Instructional Assistants and Cultural Brokers for parent-teacher conferences
  • Translated copies of important information in the most commonly spoken district languages
  • Bilingual Language Lines in 7+ languages where parents can call, request information, and seek assistance for non-emergencies in their native languages
  • Recruitment efforts to enroll children in district preschool programs, adult education opportunities, and community services
  • GED, ESL, and Career Pathways classes available on our Adult Education page.