The Clearinghouse for Multilingual Documents (CMD) is an office in the Curriculum Frameworks and Instructional Resources Division,
Instruction & Learning Support Branch.
First launched in 2005, the CMD is the California Department of Education’s (CDE) online resource to help local educational agencies (LEAs) locate, access, and share parental notification documents that have been translated into languages other than English. Hundreds of translations are available to LEAs through the CMD. Districts and schools can add letterhead and local contact information to these templates, modifying them to suit the needs of their communities.
The creation of the CMD was prompted by the various translation expectations incumbent upon schools. In many cases, schools and district offices provide parental notifications both in English and in translation. Such notifications pertain to a wide variety of state and federal programs, ranging from health forms and illness prevention, attendance and truancy, enrollment, accountability, statewide testing, and nutrition programs to surveys and permission forms. The use of CMD translations can assist schools in reducing expenses, work load, and duplication of efforts.
The CMD assists districts in meeting legal and local requirements, including such federal laws as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Federal funds support the work of the CMD.
For more information, contact the CMD office at 916-445-6109 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional information is available on the CDE’s CMD Web page.