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Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment Distance Courses


​EIPA distance education courses are designed for interpreters working in K-12 classroom settings, community interprete​rs with an interest in educational interpreting or supporting educational interpreters, future interpreters, K-12 interpreter mentors, deaf educators, and individuals supervising or working with educational interpreters. These courses are available through video conferencing.

EIPA Distance Course Schedule

​​December 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
Roman Numeral IV: Unpacking Discourse Mapping
Dr. Deborah Cates, PhD, Sign Language Program Coordinator, Iowa School for the Deaf​

As with processing, much of discourse mapping occurs “behind the scenes”. Part of message processing is generating a mental map of the relationships between pieces of information or ideas in the message. Typically mental maps look like webs. While these maps are useful for thinking about and contextualizing information, they do not help with producing spatially-based discourse maps in an interpretation. This workshop will review a method of discourse mapping that can move from text to a structured interpretation making relationships in the message overt.

February 10, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
Roman Numeral II: Unpacking Sign to Voice Essentials
Frances Beaurivage, RID CI/CT, EIPA Consultant/Evaluator
Bethany Koubsky, BA, RID CI/CT, EIPA Coordinator/Evaluator

The intent of this training is to review the elements important to Roman Numeral II. Participants will focus on matching the signer’s register and affect. We will view a variety of child signers and word choices that reflect the register of the child. Individuals will learn how to avoid extraneous verbiage that distracts from the message and develop a more fluent representation of the signer/s ASL/PSE into spoken English.

April 7, 2018, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
Roman Numeral ​I: Unpacking Use of Space and Classifiers
Jonathan Scherling, BA, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Omaha

This workshop will guide participants through Roman Numeral I. Native ASL user and ASL professor Jonathan Scherling, will work with attendees to develop a better understanding of classifiers and when they are appropriate to incorporate. Participants will also work with organizing the message in visual space to make their interpretations more visually clear and concise.

​Video Conference Costs:

This workshop series is being offered as a package or as individual workshops.

  • The cost is $4800.00 for the series of four video conferences for up to five sites.
  • Video conferences can be purchased individually at a cost of $1200.00 for up to five sites.
  • Additional sites can be added for a fee of $175.00 for each site. (Call for pricing if you need to add more than eight additional sites.)
  • There are additional bridging fees of $350 per site/port.
  • All bridging fees will be billed by Boys Town National Research Hospital following each workshop.

Participating States/Location Requirements

Each state will handle all of their own reservations at designated sites in their state. Each site MUST have a qualified/trained person on site during the video conference to do the following:

  1. Turn on the video conferencing unit, TV/projector and have a person that can handle the connection with the video bridge.
  2. MUTE and UNMUTE the microphone, adjust the volume on the video conferencing unit.
  3. Switch cameras, if there is more than one camera in the room.

Mandatory Test Call Dates

Each site MUST participate in a coordinated video bridging test call before each scheduled live broadcast. Sites that do not participate may not be allowed to participate on the day of the actual broadcast. Specifics in regard to this test run will be communicated via an email message from Roger Harpster of Boys Town National Research Hospital.

Mandatory test call dates are as follows:

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017, 1:00 p.m. CENTRAL TIME
  • Thursday, February 8, 2018, 1:00 p.m. CENTRAL TIME
  • Thursday, April 5, 2018, 1:00 p.m. CENTRAL TIME

Each participating state will receive handouts in electronic format for dissemination to participants.

For more information on EIPA and upcoming workshop dates, please contact Chris Grassmeyer at (531) 355-5039​ or​​​​