International Welcome Center Language Facilitators Support the Osborne Cardinals!

International Welcome Center Translation & Interpretation (T&I) staff supported Osborne High School with phone calls home to ensure remote English Learners could participate in the annual assessment of English proficiency.

International Welcome Center Translation & Interpretation (T&I) staff supported Osborne High School with phone calls home to ensure remote English Learners could participate in the annual assessment of English proficiency.

Osborne High School ESOL Lead Teacher, Oksana Tsymbalov, was tasked with contacting more than 150 remote learners to arrange for annual English language proficiency testing (ACCESS for ELLs). Informing each family of testing dates and procedures for remote learners and confirming whether their student(s) would need bus transportation was a gargantuan task. Realizing that she and the two Parent Facilitators assigned to Osborne could not accomplish this alone, Ms. Tsymbalov reached out to other Cobb County School District (CCSD) Team members to request assistance: The International Welcome Center Translation and Interpretation Team!

Pictures from left to right: Oksana Tsymbalov, Osborne High School ESOL Lead, communicated the need for assistance to IWC. John Whitley and Salomé Rodriguez, CCSD Language Facilitators, fully engaged in their work. Cori Pedraza, CCSD Language Facilitator, calling families.

IWC Scheduling Coordinator, Salomé Rodriguez conferred with Ms. Tsymbalov to determine exactly what needed to be communicated, created a game plan, and then immediately put the wheels in motion. The T&I staff worked together seamlessly to contact over 150 OHS families in just one school day, connecting with families in their home language to explain ACCESS for ELLs Testing, along with dates and times.

Each interpreter also gathered information on whether the remote learner would need bus transportation to Osborne for testing. Ms. Tsymbalov shared, ” am in awe of the work of the IWC team for their efforts, efficiency, and promptness with the task of notifying families and collecting information!”

Addressing the needs of learners is always a balancing act, but even more so when balancing testing needs of both face-to-face and remote learners. IWC Language Facilitators were happy to support Osborne High School staff in meeting the needs of their English Learner students. One Team, One Goal: Student Success!


Amy Perkins
Program Manager, International Welcome Center

Contributing Author: Elizabeth Webb, ESOL Supervisor

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