This webinar invites participation and collaboration by reviewing information and resources about culture and linguistically diverse families. During the webinar, explore how the expansion of interpreters’ roles can build a cadre of cultural mediators and parent-school liaisons that support the quality of Child Find assessments and better meet the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse families.
Prior to viewing this webinar, please be sure to complete Beyond Words Part 1.
1. Understand the importance and relevance of the specific role and effective use of cultural mediators/cultural liaisons with culturally and linguistically diverse families in the Child Find process.
2. Apply key knowledge and strategies that contribute to successful integration and collaboration of the cultural mediator/cultural liaison as a key member of the team to enhance teaming and promote the development of high quality Individual Education Programs (IEPs).
3. Utilize information to create an action plan to address how cultural mediators/cultural liaisons and other team members can enhance teaming processes and use evidence-based culturally responsive practices through shared activities and experiences.
Division of Early Childhood Recommended Practices
A5: Practitioners conduct assessments in the child’s dominant language and in additional languages if the child is learning more than one language.
A6: Practitioners use a variety of methods, including observation and interviews, to gather assessment information from multiple sources, including the child’s family and other significant individuals in the child’s life.
A11: Practitioners report assessment results so that they are understandable and useful to families.
F1: Practitioners build trusting and respectful partnerships with the family through interactions that are sensitive and responsive to cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic diversity.