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Best Practices for Working with Interpreters

  • Online Minneapolis, MN United States (map)


This course is for licensed staff that may need to communicate with students and families who speak a language other than English. With 100 languages spoken in MPS and over a quarter of our students receiving EL services, the use of interpreters is essential to increasing academic outcomes by equitably engaging students and families in the education process.

The course will show how to follow best practices and give helpful resources cover the following topics:

  • why to use an interpreter
  • when to use an interpreter
  • where to request an interpreter
  • what is the role of the interpreter
  • what is the role of the meeting facilitator

The course can be completed at one's own pace.
The online training takes approximately one hour to complete.

How to access the Best Practices for Working with Interpreters course:

  1. Sign in to the MPS staff intranet
  2. Go to the Special Education For Staff Page in the Special Education English Learners (EL) section (about half way down)
  3. Click on General Information and Professional Development (Or visit this page)

Staff must complete the following steps in order to receive their CEU:

  1. View the training modules (1-5) and click through each section.
  2. Complete the Best Practices Quiz.
  3. Email to let us know you have completed the course or if you have any questions.

Participants will:

  • Understand why it is important to utilize an interpreter when communicating with students and parents with limited English.
  • Identify occurrences when an interpreter should be utilized.
  • Locate resources to gain access to an interpreter when needed.
  • Utilize best practices when working with an interpreter across situations and settings.

Target audience

For general and special education staff with all levels of experience working with interpreters.


Davis Center - Assembly Room

Registration Information

Register for the training on eCompass. Search course #91596 and section #N/A.


Jessica Porath



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