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Aurora Public Schools and RISE Colorado empower multilingual families
 
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By Source: Aurora Public Schools
News@lavozcolorado.com
 
09/05/2018

Central Language Services Office will allow the district to better support schools in meeting the diverse language needs of APS families

Aurora Public Schools and RISE Colorado are celebrating a multi-year partnership to empower multilingual families in Aurora. Recently, APS centralized language services in the district’s communication department, which will allow the district to better support schools in meeting the diverse language needs of APS families. RISE Colorado strongly supported this change and RISE families partnered with the district to brainstorm on best practices and necessary supports for families.

APS serves students who come from more than 130 countries and speak more than 160 languages. Historically, APS has provided language services with the support of several departments throughout the district. However, the Central Language Services Office (CLSO) will provide APS schools and families with a centralized point of contact for translation and interpretation. The office will also support and train schools in accessing high-quality language services and ensure greater cost efficiency by leveraging economies of scale.

“One of the core beliefs of our district’s strategic plan, APS 2020: Shaping the Future, is that families are our partners in education,” said APS Language Services Supervisor Efrén Ortiz. “We are strengthening that partnership by continuously improving our language services to better meet the needs of our diverse community.”

Aurora Public Schools is excited to continue to partner with RISE Colorado – which works directly with immigrant, refugee, and low-income communities and families of color to advocate for their children.

“We know that families and communities play an integral role in children’s academic success, but for too many Aurora families there can be overwhelming barriers to participating in their children’s education,” said RISE Colorado Co-Founder and CEO Veronica Crespin-Palmer, who is also an Obama Foundation Fellow. “All families want the best education for their children, and the incredible partnership between RISE Parent Leaders and Aurora Public Schools is helping to make that possible. We hope other diverse communities take note and empower families and community leaders to find solutions to remove barriers so that educational equity can exist.”

To learn more about the CLSO, please visit
www.language.aurorak12.org.

 

 

 

 

 
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