Multilingual Consortium


 The Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) Multilingual Consortium is a  professional network to support high quality translation and interpretation services in  Orange County schools. Language serves as a bridge between cultures as much as a tool  for communication. In the 21st century we are facing a change in our educational system,  including multilingual classrooms preparing students to be college and career ready. There  is also a need for transcultural and translingual competence. The OCDE Multilingual Consortium is open  to all school districts in Orange County. The group serves as both a repository distribution point for  language resources as well as a collective of expertise in the field. ​

 Consortium goals:
  • Develop a county-wide directory of translators by language
  • Identify language translation and interpretation needs across the county
  • Facilitate communication and networking across districts to support effective and consistent translation and interpretation throughout the county
  • Gather, develop, and distribute language resources

 We encourage you to invite your district’s translators/interpreters to attend Consortium meetings on a  monthly basis. The meetings will also be a great way to network and share best practices and ideas from  similar roles across the county.      

​​ TIME: 8:30 a.m. — 11:00 a.m.

 ​DATES: 5/17/17 will be our last meeting for the 2016-2017 school year.

​ TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

 DATES: 9/13/17, 10/11/17, 11/15/17, 12/13/17, 01/10/18, 02/14/18, 03/14/18, 04/18/18, 05/16/18

 Click here to view the flyer for the September 29, 2017 Interpreter and Translator Conference

See below for additional resources and references.

 Multilingualism in the 21st Century

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​​ PowerPoint Presentations

 Please click on the link(s) below to view the PowerPoint that was presented at each meeting. Each school year will open a menu  of meeting PowerPoints from that year.​​


 For more information please contact Natalia Abarca, Project Liaison at​​ or 714-966-4437. ​​​​​​​