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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

Creating a Dynamic Interpretation: Classifiers for Art, Science, Anatomy and Other K-12 Content Areas

Presenter, Frances J. Beaurivage Manager EIPA Diagnostic Center, RID CI/CT

This video conference will focus on identifying opportunities to incorporate classifiers in a variety of content areas. We will review acceptable classifier handshapes and movement parameters. Participants will view several Deaf adults using classifiers to describe objects and to depict how objects move within the signing field. The training will provide a variety of hands-on practice activities to reinforce learning.

Ethical Decision Making and Promoting Student Independence

Presenter, Frances J. Beaurivage Manager EIPA Diagnostic Center RID CI/CT

Interpreters working in the K-12 setting face unique challenges as they may be working with the same student or students for a number of years. How do we foster healthy interpreter student relationships? As a member of the educational team we have a responsibility to foster and promote student independence. We will also discuss the student’s perspective and how that perspective and their expectations change as they mature.

Storytelling: Learn Techniques From a Master Storyteller and Make Stories Come Alive

Presenter, Tom Holcomb, Ph.D. Professor of Deaf Studies at Ohlone College Fremont, CA

Frustrated with trying to make a story come alive in sign language? This workshop will offer tips on how to be an effective storyteller. Differences between ASL and English discourse strategies will be examined and differences between story reading and storytelling will be compared. Research-based techniques in making stories more visually appealing and accessible will be shared. 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.

May 7, 2016 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT
Mathematics: Learn Strategies and Techniques to Enhance Your Math Interpretations

Presenter, Chris Kurz, Faculty Member, National Technical Institute for the Deaf Rochester, NY

Interpreting math class can be challenging. Join us and learn from an expert how to incorporate ASL features into your math interpretations to ensure accurate concepts are conveyed. The presenter will share his expertise in math and teaching strategies. This workshop will be presented in ASL only. If your site would like to have the presentation captioned in real-time, contact Chris Grassmeyer to make arrangements.

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​​​​