Language Access Advisory Committee

Upcoming Meetings

The July, 2024 LAAC meeting will be replaced by an optional feedback session to review interpreter training modules.
LAAC Meeting: July 30, 2024 |10:00am - 12:00pm


Convened by OSPI, the Language Access Advisory Committee (LAAC) is charged by RCW 28A.183.070 to guide, monitor, and make recommendations on the following topics:

  • The effectiveness of language access policies, procedures, and programs;
  • Family and community engagement, with a focus on multicultural families, families whose students have multiple barriers to student achievement, and families least engaged with their schools;
  • The definition of "qualified interpreter";
  • Supply of and demand for interpreters;
  • Training for interpreters;
  • Credentialing requirements for interpreters, including a code of professional conduct;
  • Grants to cover nonstate controlled interpreter credentialing requirement costs;
  • Language access and language access service data collection and analysis; and
  • Evidence-based practices regarding language access, including best practice for using state and federal funding to provide language access services.


Meetings are open to the public. If you need accommodations or language interpretation, please contact our CISL office ten days prior to the meeting.


Meeting Documents

October 12, 2022


Authorizing Legislation

RCW 28A.183.070

2023 LAAC Membership

Name Representing
Alfonso López Wenatchee School District
Angela Jovel Parent
Angelica Alvarez Educational Service District 121
Becky Engel Clark College
Charlene Williams Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth (CDHY)
Erin Sullivan Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth (CDHY)
Fanny Cordero Independent Interpreter
Heather White Center for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth (CDHY)
Helen Eby Independent Interpreter
Holly Bocchi Clover Park School District
Joan Ramos

* Jesus Torres (alternate)
Washington State Coalition for Language Access (WASCLA)
Karina Vanderbilt Educational Service District 121
Kimberley Scott Olson Independent Teacher for the Deaf

Liliana Villanueva

Lin Crowley Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC)
Lolita O'Donnell

* ZZ Newmann (alternate)
Highline School District
Matt Dressen Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB)
Michael Nguyen Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB)
Milena Calderari Waldron Independent Interpreter
Mohammed Akmoosh Independent Interpreter
Monique Dugaw Educational Service District 112
Moses Perez Open Doors for Multicultural Families
Nasue Nishida Washington Education Association (WEA)
Tami Lentz Snohomish School District
Taralynn Petrites Central Washington University
Waiyan Lee Parent