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!
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.
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!
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…Read More
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.
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.