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Office of Language Instruction Educational Programs (LIEP)


Welcome to The Office of Language Instruction Educational Programs

¡Bienvenidos! to The Office of Language Instruction Educational Programs (LIEP) in Richmond Public Schools! 

Over the past 5 years, through much advocacy for the rights of our students, their families, and the community at-large, the LIEP team has expanded into a new recognized office under the Academics  Office. Additionally, the Office of LIEP now encompasses the Welcome Center and Language Justice teams, as well as the LIEP instructional team to create a powerhouse of support for our students, their families, and our LIEP teachers and bilingual staff. Anyone teaching and supporting  multilingual learners (ML) in RPS will now have a full team to lean-on, from enrollment, to instruction: language development through the content areas, social-emotional learning, trauma-informed care, graduation, post-secondary success, ML data, professional development, interpretation and translation services, and family engagement, all tied together through a culturally and linguistically responsive lens. 

Please browse to learn more about our Welcome Center, LIEP services, Language Justice, and our Ombudsman!

Language Instruction Educational Programs

The Welcome Center

  • Family Advocacy


  • Newcomer Academy
  • ¡Con Ganas!
  • Dual Language Immersion (DLI)

Language Justice

  • RPS en Espanol
  • Language Resources for Staff

LIEP Ombudsman

Three Goals


To drastically increase the On-Time Graduation rate for Multilingual learners by 10 percent. 

Professional Development

To provide culturally responsive and linguistically relevant professional development, that focuses on best practices for teaching and supporting Multilingual Learners to all professional stakeholders in Richmond Public Schools.


To ensure that our department meets all federal and state requirements and laws that ensure meaningful access to an equitable and rigorous education for all Multilingual Learners in Richmond Public Schools.

Contact Information

Dr. Jennifer Blackwell

2120 Fendall Ave.
Richmond, VA 23222