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TESTIMONIALS

Simplify Language works with the following organizations:

University of Colorado 

Jeffco Public Schools

Colorado Education Initiative

Maricopa County Department of Public Health

Boulder Valley School District

Colorado Children's Campaign

Denver Preschool Program

RootEd

Gill Foundation

Vermont Department of Health

College of Southern Idaho

City of Boulder

City of Westminster

Larimer County

University of Texas

Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab

Denver Public Schools

Migrant Education Program - CO Dept of Education

CU Colorado Springs - ​Pre-Collegiate Support and Success Center

Head Start

Garfield School District RE-2

Greeley Schools

JSI

Boulder Chamber of Commerce

Resource Central

Philanthropiece Foundation

Red Empress Foundation

Widefield School District

Fountain Fort Carson School District

Longmont Community Foundation

Michigan Adult Community Education Assoc. (MACAE)

Ben & Jerry's

Montgomery Coalition for Adult Education Literacy (MD)

Cappello's

Fresca Foods

High Plains Bank

New America College

Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning

Hunter Douglas

Community Heart and Soul

Next Step Domestic Violence Project

La Puente

Sustainable Harvest International

Center for People with Disabilities

Sister Carmen Community Center

Many more new ones soon!!!

What training participants say

I walked away with a new appreciation for how difficult it is to simplify communications.

- A’ndra Warren, Educational Equity Advocate for Adams 12 Five Star Schools

 

I liked that Lee included power and privilege in the conversation. – Gail, Maricopa Health Dept.

 

Loved the tips regarding removing idioms and verbal phrases, especially as it relates to translating for English learners. – Dave Godfrey, HR Director, City of Westminster

 

Lee made this training approachable and fun. It helped me realize how important language is to equity and accessibility. I left the training feeling intrigued, motivated, and excited to work on simplifying my language. – City of Boulder Communications Manager

 

I learned that we all have permission to communicate simply for understanding. – Bill Good, Chief of Communications, Denver Public Schools

 

The training teaches how to reach every level of communication by breaking down our speech patterns into their simplest form without dumbing it down. It made our class realize our speech/writing habits could cause more confusion than there needed to be. – University of Colorado HR Manager

 

I loved every part of the training. I learned how to simplify my writing and speech to remove barriers and increase accessibility in my work and community. I started implementing the tools immediately after leaving! - Jeffco Public Schools Communications Team Member

 

This is the most engaged/invested/together I have ever seen my team at a meeting in 4.5 years. In the past 10 minutes, 4 people contacted me to express their thanks and appreciation. One wrote: "Lee was wonderful! Truly was so beneficial. I honestly was dreading a 2-hour meeting and I felt it could have been longer." – University of Colorado International Student Scholar and Services

 

Lee's training is fun, engaging, and interactive. He took the time to get to know our organization and its existing language so that we were working with all relevant examples that created immediate impact on our materials and overall culture. – Erin Kobler, Communications Manager at RootEd

 

Simplify Language has been an incredible addition to our program. Looking at the communication we put out, in a new way, has helped us to be more accessible and equitable. I am so happy that we have Simplify Language in our toolbox. – Stacy Fujieda, Education Services Manager, Head Start

The training teaches how to reach every level of communication by breaking down our speech patterns into their simplest form without dumbing it down. -  University of Colorado HR Manager

The biggest takeaway for me was learning that by simplifying work in English, that will automatically simplify the work in Spanish as well. One of my biggest hurdles is being able to push out communication in Spanish that actually makes sense to our community. Now I know that it can all start from simplifying the English version. - School District Translator

The feeling in the break room has shifted in the most beautiful way. There was always a friendly nature to things but now people are making a true effort to connect and those folks who normally keep to themselves are smiling and finding little points of connection. Also, folks are really leaning in on flexing their non-native language skills. There’s a lightness and care that you helped us cultivate. THANK YOU!! What a gift. - Stacey Marcellus, Founder of Cappello's

Learning how to reduce jargon and articulate our message in more easily understandable language will improve our communications and our overall impact. This is an actionable piece of equity that is low cost and high impact; all organizations will benefit from doing this. - Manager of Administration and Grants, Montgomery Coalition for Adult Education Literacy, Tom C.

I attended Lee's training, and I love that the strategies he teaches can be applied immediately. So often professional development fails to take participants from theory to practice.  Lee nailed it! - VP Programming, Seeds of Literacy, Dr. Carmine Stewart

I learned that the writing style we often use in our organization can be somewhat exclusive in that we use complicated words and sentence structuresPhilanthropiece, Jake

Everyone should take this training and make it a priority. One is sending and receiving so many messages throughout the day, everyday. With these tools one makes sure to be understood and inclusive. I've acquired an irreversible awareness which will support my communication! - Needle and Frame, Andrea

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