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Translation and
Interpretation Services

Translation and
Interpretation Services

  • Mission: To provide meaningful language access to linguistically and culturally diverse parents by offering translated printed and digital materials, qualified language interpreters, and effective outreach and engagement.


    Why we need translation and interpretation services at PPS?

    • Every school is required to provide interpreters upon demand.
    • Every school must have emergency contact procedures available in selected languages.
    • Schools must have a system in place for linguistically diverse parents who wish to contact a compliance officer.
    • We believe in language access as a pillar of our equity commitment.


    Schools must communicate information to linguistically and culturally diverse parents in a language they can understand about any program, service, or activity that is called to the attention of parents who are proficient in English. Learn more.


    Who does TIS support?

    • Schools/Programs: Open House, Back-to-School Night, Kindergarten Roundup, PTA, Site Council
    • District/Central Offices: Board policies, Board meetings, messages from the Superintendent
    • Parents/Students/Community: IEP Meetings, Parent-Teacher Conferences, sharing concerns, input, feedback, recommendations


    What is the TIS Language Line?

    TIS supports five languages (Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Somali and Russian) through the Language Line to facilitate daily communication regarding matters that impact a student's education.

    TIS Language line can be used by parents to communicate matters regarding attendance, achievement, behavior, assessment, evaluation, registration, parent /teacher conferences, special instruction, disciplinary matters.


    Language access for teacher/parent conference

    Watch this video and learn how interpreters support the District's efforts to engage linguistically and culturally diverse families during teacher/parent conferences.


Blanchard Education Service Center
501 N Dixon St. Portland, OR 97227
(503) 916-3254
Stephanie Cameron
Senior Director Communications & Public Engagement
(503) 916-3962
Marifer Sager
TIS Manager
Teng Vang
Business Operations Analyst
(503) 916-3427
Netsanet Muleta
Administrative Secretary
(503) 916-3254

PPS Language Line

  • 中文 | Chinese
    (503) 916-3585

    Русский | Russian
    (503) 916-3583

    Soomaali | Somali
    (503) 916-3586

    Español | Spanish
    (503) 916-3582

    Tiếng Việt | Vietnamese
    (503) 916-3584

    (503) 916-3589