See the Benefits of School Outreach

ATA's School Outreach Program encourages professional translators and interpreters to visit classrooms—in person or virtually—and share their passion for language with students. We make it easy by offering presentation materials, tips, photos, and stories!

Attention Teachers and Students!

Would you like to request a visit to your classroom? Contact the School Outreach Program Coordinator at


Understanding the Value of Educating the Public

In classrooms from grade school to graduate school, you can find the next generation of language professionals and the next generation of clients. The more these future doctors, lawyers, and business owners know about our field, the more likely they'll appreciate the importance of our work.

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School Outreach Contest

Giving students a peek inside the profession is fun and rewarding. By sharing your story, you could win a free registration to the ATA Annual Conference!

2010 ATA School Outreach Contest Winner: Ana Safrin

Ana Safrin, an English>Brazilian Portuguese freelance translator in Cooper City, Florida, was the winner of ATA’s 2010 School Outreach Contest. Ana spoke with second- and third-graders during a career day. With a “show-me” strategy, she brought a copy of a popular children’s book and its Portuguese translation. When the students looked at the source and…

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2009 ATA School Outreach Contest Winner: Margarita Griggs

The 2009 ATA School Outreach Award went to Margarita Griggs, a translator and interpreter in Reno, Nevada. The winning photo shows Margarita in an ESL class surrounded by students with roots in Thailand, China, Korea, the Philippines, India, Mexico, and Honduras. “As a closing exercise, I asked the students which word best described what they…

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2008 ATA School Outreach Contest Winner: Sandra Burns Thomson

For 2008 School Outreach Winner Sandra Burns Thomson, it started as a way to join her young son in the classroom. When she volunteered to present a careers in business course to his 6th grade class, she added translation and interpreting to the lessons. To illustrate localization, for example, the class explored McDonald’s websites around…

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The ABCs of School Outreach

Get tips on what to say and how to say it, sample presentations you can customize, handouts for teachers, and an "extra credit" section with ideas to go beyond the classroom.

Getting the Gig

Where do I start? These steps are a good way to begin.

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Making the Grade

For each grade level, you’ll find scripts, slides, handouts, and exercises for making it fun and interactive.

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ATA-Certified Translators Earn CEPs

Earn 1 CEPs for each 1-hour presentation, up to 10 CEPs for each reporting period. Refer to Category E: Volunteerism. You may combine the total minutes of several presentations to reach the 1-hour mark, and no advance approval is required.