School Newsletter Template: Using Translation to Engage Families

Dr. Kara Stern
2 min read
Smore mascot speaking different languages.

I couldn’t help with homework, I didn’t know the rituals of the annual projects and ceremonies—which meant my kids didn’t have what everyone else had—and I usually turned up wearing the wrong thing for the assemblies that I couldn’t understand. It wasn’t (and still isn’t) fun. It’s frustrating, and alienating.

In the US, one in five students speaks a language other than English at home, which means there are A LOT of parents who are experiencing the disorientation that I’ve felt. This is why translation is so important—it opens the gate to families who aren’t comfortable yet with English. It says, “Welcome! We want to be in communication with you! You matter to us.” Beyond a school newsletter, it can be used flexibly to communicate everything from assignments to events to IEPs.

A School Newsletter for Why Translation Matters

This school newsletter template provides you with a wealth of ideas about how to use our translation feature, along with really useful resources for supporting ELL students and families in our schools. Research shows that good parent communication is key to student success, making translation a win all around.

Here’s to teaching and learning that includes all families, even—and especially—the new ones.

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Dr. Kara Stern

Dr. Kara Stern began her career as an ELA teacher, then shifted into administration as a middle school principal. Dr. Stern is a fervent advocate for equitable communication and family engagement. She spent five years as Executive Director at Math for America, where she designed the professional learning community that exists to this day. An unexpected move to Tel Aviv launched her into the world of EdTech where she became the Director of Education Content for Smore and then the Head of Education Solutions at SchoolStatus. Outside of work, she indulges her love for reading, devouring two novels weekly, with a particular fondness for heists and spy stories.

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