Fed - Sp Ed - IDEA Discretionary: Language Interpreters Training and Registry
CSFA Number: 586-53-2335
Agency Name
State Board Of Education (586)
Agency Contact
Vivian Taylor
Short Description
The Language Interpreters Training and Registry Project would be responsible for the development of online professional development modules for training language interpreters and translators about special education processes and terminology to better equip them for effectively interpreting to non-English speaking parents and students at Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings. The Project would also be responsible for recruiting language interpreters around the state willing to be included in an online registry for districts to have a resource for selecting interpreters to hire as needed for IEP meetings.
Subject Area
Program Function
Enabling Legislation
PL 108-446
Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), as amended, part B, Sections 611-619, 20 US code 1411-1418
Objectives and Goals
Development of online training modules: develop series of 30-60 minute modules on topics specific to special education processes and procedures, with special emphasis on terminology used and what it means.

Recruitment: Develop methods for recruiting people who have a fluent understanding of spoken and written English and who are fluent speakers in one or more other languages who are willing to participate in the online training modules, be placed on the ISBE online registry, and be available for school districts to hire to attend IEP meetings and perform interpreting services during such meetings. Engage in recruitment efforts on a regular basis.

Collaboration: Collaborate with ISBE in general on interpreter needs (geographic, linguistic) and ISBE special education rules and regulations and ISBP forms.
Types of Assistance
Project Grants
Uses and Restrictions
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) flow-through grants are supplemental funds to assist Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in providing IEP services to students ages 3-21.
Eligible Applicants
Education Organizations;
Application and Award Processing
NOFO/RFP and Merit Based Review process
Post Assistance Requirements
Quarterly programmatic and financial reporting
Regulations, Guidelines, Literature
Program regulations are at 34 CFR 300, and 34 CFR 76-77, 79, 80-82, 84-86, and 9-99.
Funding By Fiscal Year
FY 2020 : $250,000
FY 2021 : $250,000
FY 2022 : $250,000
Federal Funding
Notice of Funding Opportunities