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 schooloutreach@atanet.org.

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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!

School Outreach Winner 2020

2018 School Outreach Contest Winner: Denise Fisher

ATA Member Denise Fisher, a Japanese<>English interpreter and translator based in Orient, Ohio, is the winner of this year’s School Outreach Contest. She won a free registration to ATA’s 60th Annual Conference in Palms Springs, California, for her photo taken during a visit to the University of Michigan, where she spoke to graduate students in…

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2017 School Outreach Contest Winner: Marybeth Timmermann

Marybeth Timmermann, an ATA-certified French>English translator, is the winner of the 2016–2017 School Outreach Contest. She won a free registration to ATA’s 58th Annual Conference in Washington, DC for an all-smiles photo taken during her presentation at Greenville High School in Greenville, Illinois, where she spoke to students in the school’s advanced Spanish class about…

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2016 ATA School Outreach Contest Winner: Rika Mitrik

This year’s ATA School Outreach Contest winner showed her audience how language professionals can save the day! Rika Mitrik, a Japanese<>English interpreter and ATA-certified English>Japanese translator, is the winner of this year’s School Outreach Contest. She won a free registration to ATA’s 57th Annual Conference in San Francisco, California, for a colorful photo taken during…

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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.