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Educational Interpreter Workshops

The State Department of Education is sponsoring several workshops for educational interpreters. 

Sign to Voice Interpreting: Interpreting for Child Signers
April 17, 2010 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
An Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Videoconference Workshop will be held at the Claiborne Building in downtown Baton Rouge. There is no registration fee and there is no lunch break (you may bring a lunch if you wish). For more information, please contact Melodie Sparks at 225-342-3661.

This video conference will focus on what skills are necessary to be able to effectively interpret for child signers. We will look at a variety of child signers and identify the differences in their communicaiton styles and how to approach the S-V task during the EIPA assessment process. We will provide strategies for coping when information is missed and what to do to prepare to take the S-V portion of the EIPA.

Educational Interpreter Mentor Training
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This training is by invitation only. This one-day training opportunity is designed for mentors of educational interpreters (state mentor and district lead interpreters). If a district has lead interpreters who would like to be trained but have not been invited, they may contact Melodie Sparks at 225-342-3661. This training will address a variety of skills for mentoring interpreters through the tenets of the EIPA such as space, classifiers, key vocabulary and fingerspelling. Use of prosody in interpretation will be the overriding focus of the workshop.
Registration is from 8:30-9:00; workshop is from 9:00 - 4:00 with an hour for lunch, which is on your own. No registration fee.

Educational Interpreter Training
Friday, June 11, 2010 - Claiborne Building, Baton Rouge
This one-day workshop will focus on voicing and noticing opportunities to give voice to your students. Discussion will focus on when to voice, how to voice and what to do with gestures, emotions, sounds, etc. Denise Crochet, a nationally certified interpreter and one of our state mentors, will be presenting.
Registration is from 8:30-9:00; workshop is from 9:00 - 4:00 with an hour for lunch, which is on your own. No registration fee.

Signing Exact English
July 12-16, 2010. Site TBD but will be in Baton Rouge
The SEE Center presents a weeklong workshop for educational interpreters who use SEE. Five instructors work for a week with interpreters of all skill levels. Focus on fingerspelling, grammar, vocabulary and a variety of skills designed to improve the skills of classroom interpreters.

For more information about any of these workshops, contact Melodie Sparks. Her phone number is 225-342-3661.