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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 3, 2016, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
What's the Point:  Understanding the Message, Speaker Intent, and Making Appropriate Semantic Sign Choices
Frances J. Beaurivage, Manager EIPA Diagnostic Center, RID CI/CT

This training will guide participants through a series of steps that will result in a deeper understanding of the speaker's intent.  The goal is to help interpreters change their approach to the interpreting process, which will result in interpretations that more clearly convey the speaker's implied intent.  When we understand the speaker's intentions we can then ensure that sign selections are semantically appropriate. 

February 4, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
Incorporating Non-manual Markers/Signals:  Broaden your Understanding and Ability to Incorporate Non-Manual Markers Including Adverbs and Adjectives
Trix Bruce, B.S.

This workshop has a focus on non-manual signals, which are not distinctive "hand signs" yet are essential language morphemes. Interpreters will analyze and apply these grammatical markers, which involve eye and head movements, facial movements, and body postures rather than the use of "signs" as distinct lexical elements. This workshop will be presented in ASL.  If your site would like to have the presentation captioned in real-time contact Chris Grassmeyer to make arrangements.


April 1, 2017, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
Professional Development Planning:  Deliberate Practice is Necessary to Improve EIPA Scores
Frances J. Beaurivage, Manager EIPA Diagnostic Center, RID CI/CT

The EIPA provides interpreters with a wealth of information that can be utilized to inform your decisions about your personalized professional development plan, PDP.  Participants will learn how to analyze the feedback from your EIPA report, and how to systematically make decisions about which skills need to be addressed before moving on to tackle more complex skill sets.  Using sample reports we will develop several PDP's with multiple goals and strategies that will specifically address the targeted skill set. 

​Video Conference Costs:

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

  • The cost is $4000.00 for the series of four video conferences for up to five sites.
  • Video conferences can be purchased individually at a cost of $1000.00 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, May 5, 2016 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 (402) 452-5039 or​​​​