Focus on Multilingual Families

Potter-Thomas All Star Volunteer: Luz Pratts

There’s something to be said about what a big difference a consistent parent volunteer makes at any school. The Potter-Thomas Promise Academy community has seen this firsthand through parent volunteer, Ms. Luz Pratts. Ms. Pratts, more affectionately known as “Ms. Luz” at Potter-Thomas, is a parent leader, a member of the School Advisory Council (SAC),...

Interpretation Services 101: Tips and Information for All

Have you ever wondered about the difference between translation and interpretation? Are you new to utilizing language interpreters in your school community? The Office of Family and Community Engagement’s Multilingual Family Support Team is here to help! Among the many services and supports they provide to immigrant and refugee families throughout the School District of...

Family School Partnership Award Winner: Abram S. Jenks School

The Office of Family and Community Engagement awarded Abram S. Jenks School in South Philadelphia with the Family School Partnership Award this past October. A.S. Jenks models what family engagement can look like in a school--organic, innovative, and heartfelt. Organic Representatives from A.S. Jenks accept the Family School Partnership Award from Superintendent Dr. William Hite...

Learn About Multilingual Family Supports: Welcome Wagons & Circles of Literacy

The Welcome Wagon activities are an initiative developed by the Multilingual Family Support Unit to educate limited-English proficient (LEP) families of the services, opportunities and resources available to students and families at the School District of Philadelphia. Through workshops and training facilitated by the Bilingual Counseling Assistants (BCAs) and offered at schools, community organizations, and...

Check out the Family Academy Courses Designed Especially for Multilingual Families!

Family Academy: Courses and Training (FACT) has launched for the 2018-19 School Year! The FACE Multilingual Family Support Unit wants to make sure our families know about courses and workshops that are designed especially for our multilingual, immigrant, and refugee families on a variety of topics in the strand entitled "New Americans". Check out just...

Meet the FACE Office Multilingual Family Support Unit!

The Multilingual Family Support Unit has a team of people charged with supporting language access for multilingual families and students. There are seven Language Access Coordinators (LACs) and a bilingual Customer Support Liaison, a group of dedicated linguists who are responsible (among many other things) for translating District-wide and school-specific documents. The in-house team translates...