Writing an IEP? Here’s Why You Should Use a Translatable Template.

Dr. Kara Stern
2 min read
IEP newsletter template.

One of the tough things about being an ELL/ML student is that you often have to serve as the go-between for school and home.

If it’s about a field trip, no problem! But what about something like an Individualized Education Program (IEP)? Schools have crucial information to communicate to parents, and parents need to be able to access that information in a language they speak fluently in order to be able to support their children to learn and thrive.

Handing them a dense, untranslatable document is like setting up another barrier to success.

Person biking into invisible barrier

So why not drop an IEP on a school newsletter with translation features?

Rethinking school communications so that they’re accessible for everyone makes all families feel welcome. A template is easy to set up and duplicate, making it efficient. Adding pictures and video makes it more personal, and less daunting.

Which makes it that much more likely that parents will engage with it.

Give multilingual parents the information they need to support their children’s education.

A translatable school newsletter is an easy way to do so. The more parents are in the know, the more they support their children’s efforts in school. And then all the indicators go up: attendance, school work, homework, behavior, social and emotional well-being, and graduation rates.

Happy parents make happy students make happy teachers. Get started here 👇🏽

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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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