Translation and Interpretation (Cultural Brokers) Form
While Bilingual Assistants are critical to supporting the EL population, the need for language/cultural support exceeds the capacity and role the Bilingual Assistants can provide. As a result, the department regularly contracts with Cultural Brokers to help meet the 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 be frequently 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.