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Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment Distance Courses


​​The EIPA Diagnostic Center is excited to offer four video conference workshops for the 2020-2021 academic year. The workshops are designed for interpreters working in K-12 classr​oom settings, community interpreters 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. Detailed information coming soon!

October 10, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT

Enhance Your Interpretations by Effectively Incorporating Classifiers and Spatial Features

Gina Grabher, AAS, EIPA Evaluator, ASL Instructor and Shawn Shannon, MA, ASL Instructor, and CDI candidate

This workshop will cover strategies and techniques for incorporating classifiers and space to develop visually rich interpretations. Regardless of the age of the students one works with or the sign modality used, space and classifiers can enhance the student’s comprehension of the speaker’s content and intent. These native signers will demonstrate and then engage the audience using a variety of hands-on activities.

November 14, 2020, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT

My Lips Are Moving, But What Am I Saying?

Sabrina Smith, Ph.D., CI and CT, NIC Master and Ed:K-12

This workshop will focus on the sign language interpreters’ English product’s. Participants will analyze their own video recorded products. The goal is to improve ASL to English products by understanding the tools used by EIPA raters to evaluate. Participants will learn to identify areas of weakness and determine the proper tools to strengthen these areas.
Participants need to bring a device to record their work; it can be a phone, iPad, or any device that records audio as well as visual information.

February 6, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT

Interpreting During Language Arts Time

Dr. Deborah Cates, Ph.D., Sign Language Program Coordinator, Iowa School for the Deaf

Dr. Seuss. Say his name and interpreters will cringe at the thought of interpreting his literary works. Language arts material is notoriously difficult to interpret…but it doesn’t have to be. Language arts lessons, like any other lessons, are driven by specific goals. Awareness of those goals coupled with an understanding of the linguistic needs of the client will enable interpreters to make sound decisions while interpreting language arts materials. In this workshop, interpreters will learn about the process of learning to read at different levels of text. They will learn strategies for interpreting texts based on both instructor goals and client language needs, and will have an opportunity to practice applying these strategies.

April 10, 2021, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT

Use of Space in Social Studies/Geography

Paul Glaser, MSE, CDI Educator, Mentor, Coach, Interpreter

Social Studies and Geography are an integral part of the curriculum for students who are Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing. Both subject areas can be challenging for interpreters due to the visual/spatial requirements necessary to ensure message accuracy. This workshop is designed to expand the participants skill’s with lots of opportunities to practice incorporating effective spatial representations in interpretations.

Video Conference Costs:

  • This workshop series is offered as a package or as individual workshops.
  • The cost is $4,800 for the series of four video conferences for up to five sites.
  • Video conferences can be purchased individually at a cost of $1,200 for up to five sites.
  • Additional sites can be added for a fee of $175 for each site. Call for pricing if you need to add more than eight additional sites.
  • There is an additional connection fee of $225 per zoom site.
  • All technical 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 zoom 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, October 1, 2020, 1:00 p.m. CENTRAL TIME
  • Thursday, November 12, 2020, 1:00 p.m. CENTRAL TIME
  • Thursday, February 4, 2021, 1:00 p.m. CENTRAL TIME
  • Thursday, April 8, 2021, 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:
Deborah Tamer
(531) 355-5039