A multicultural student population can create a rich student culture in any school, but there is often a significant challenge that comes with such diversity. Parents or guardians who are not native speakers can struggle to know what is happening in their child’s school and often rely on their child as an interpreter. However, important information, as well as private information, can sometimes get lost in translation.
A long-term goal at PBIS Rewards has been to expand support of multiple languages to communicate with families inside the PBIS Rewards Family App. Well, that day has arrived!
New Languages in the PBIS Rewards Family App
While positive behavior can cross virtually any language barrier, it’s important to communicate with families in their native language whenever possible.
Powered by Google Translate, there are now 12 additional languages available in the PBIS Rewards Family App. These languages are:
These additional languages join English, Spanish, French, German, and Korean within the app, bringing the total number of supported languages to 17.
Communicating With Families in Their Native Language
PBIS Rewards has made it easier to connect with families by removing the language barrier between home and school. Here’s what they can expect:
When users open the family app, they will select their language from a drop-down menu and then everything they send and receive is automatically translated. For example, a teacher can send a message to a parent in English and if their selected language is Russian, it will automatically translate the message for the parent into Russian. When the parent responds, they write in Russian and it will automatically translate to English for the teacher. Users also have the option to see the message in the original language in which it was written.
The addition of these 12 languages enables schools to deepen their connections with families from a wide range of cultures. Many of the new languages offered have been requested by schools or districts, and PBIS Rewards is happy to bring these requests to life. Extending a school’s PBIS initiative beyond the classroom walls is a great way to reinforce positive behavioral habits.