Debunking the Myth of "Just" Being an Educational Interpreter, September 13-20, 2018

JOIN Dr. Melissa Smith, author and interpreter educator, for a week online 

MEET other interpreters through the Clerc Center's Online Community

DISCUSS what educational interpreting really looks like

EXPLORE decision making on the job

PROVIDE greater accessibility

IDENTIFY qualifications for the educational interpreter's role

The week incorporates:

  • Archived webinar
  • Week-long online discussions
  • Live video session
  • Twitter chat
  • Introduction to book discussion group                                                                                 

You will discuss:

  • What educational interpreters do in their daily work compared to the myth of their work
  • Factors that inform educational interpreters' decisions
  • Accessibility of an interpreted education
  • Qualifications and roles of educational interpreters

FREE TRAINING. Designed so you can participate at a time convenient to you!

Questions: E-mail training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu

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Presenter bios

Melissa Smith

Melissa Smith, EdD, RID CI/CT, NAD V, EIPA 4.9

Smith is a professor in and the director of the ASL-English interpreting program at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. She earned doctoral and master's degrees in teaching and learning from the University of California, San Diego, and a bachelor's degree in Spanish with a minor in American Indian studies from San Diego State University. Her doctoral research explores the practices and decisions of interpreters working in public schools and was published by Gallaudet University Press as More Than Meets the Eye: Revealing the Complexities of an Interpreted Education (2103). Smith's extensive background in education, her own experiences as a second language learner, and her work as an interpreter and interpreter educator allow her to examine the work of educational interpreters through multiple lenses. More important, as the parent of a deaf teenager, she brings a unique perspective to her work and presentations.

Laurene Simmons

Laurene E. Simms, PhD

Simms is a professor in the Department of Education at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. After graduating from the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis, she earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and a master's degree in deaf education from Western Maryland College in Westminster. She earned a doctoral degree in language, reading, and culture from the University of Arizona in Tucson. Simms has hands-on experience in the implementation of a bilingual/multicultural educational environment for diverse deaf and hard of hearing children and is an acknowledged expert on the topic of using ASL and English as the languages of instruction.

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This Professional Studies program is offered up to 0.6 CEUs at the some Content Knowledge Level. If you require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact training.clerccenter@gallaudet.edu by September 11, 2018.

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