Bilingual Support Services
Below is a list of services the Bilingual Department offers to the Lansing School District Families and Staff.
Language Instructional Educational Programs
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.
Bilingual Intake Office
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.
Visit the Bilingual Intake Office Page to enroll online
Bilingual Resource Center
The Dr. Eva L. Evans Welcome Center offers a Bilingual Resource Room where staff is free to browse and borrow resources to assist in the teaching of a variety of subjects and English language levels. Should a staff member wish to obtain his/her own copy of a resource, the Welcome Center will facilitate this purchase (provided funds are available).
After surveying district teachers and staff regarding resource needs, Title III funds were used to purchase:
- Picture dictionaries and flashcards which can be used at the elementary level
- Content area dictionaries for the secondary level
- National Geographic resources to support 7-12th grade levels
- Resources to support learners for Entering, Emerging and Expanding language levels
- Books for parents of early childhood students to read to their children in their own native languages (note: research has proven the positive effects of a parent retaining their native language with their children)
Specialized training is also offered on a one-to-one basis to help teachers learn what resources meet their needs best and how to utilize the resource in their practice. Staff is welcome at any time to drop on or make an appointment for consultation and training.
For more online resources, visit the Bilingual Online Resource Center Page
Bilingual Online Resources
The mission of the Lansing School District Bilingual Department is to support students, parents, teachers, and the community, by providing resources and support services to Lansing's language learner population.
Visit our Online Resources Page
Bilingual Home Visit Request
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 Black firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bilingual Language Lines
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.
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*
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.
English Learner Student Opportunities
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
- Social and emotional support.
- Students who are struggling with strong emotions, peer conflict, behavioral issues, grief, or trauma can receive support from our English Learner Mentoring Liaison.
For more information, please visit the English Learner Student Opportunities Page
Bilingual Parent Engagement Opportunities
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.
For up to date information about current Parent Engagement Activities check out our
Bilingual Facebook Page
Dr. Eva L. Evans Welcome Center
The Dr. Eva L. Evans Welcome Center allows our families enrolling in the Lansing School District a central location to be welcomed to our community, to learn about the Lansing Pathway Promise, the Lansing Promise/HOPE scholarships, and enroll in one of our schools.
Visit the Dr. Eva L. Evans Welcome Center Page
Bilingual Education Facebook Page