2016 NAIE Inaugural National Conference on Interpreting in Education
Official launching of NAIE commenced at the June 2016 National Conference on Interpreting in Education: A Changing Landscape, June 23-26, 2016 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.
2016 Board of Directors: 2016 Conference
2014 National Summit on Educational Interpreting
In 2010, the US Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), awarded a grant (H325K100234) to the University of Northern Colorado, Distance Opportunities for Interpreter Training (UNC-DO IT) Center that focused on improving the quality of services provided by interpreters working in education. Seven investigations were conducted from 2010-2014 (in press) to determine patterns of practice within the field of educational interpreting. These included several specific analyzes of existing publications and websites, an expert group review of national findings, an online national survey of educational interpreters, a national summit of working practitioners, and a data analysis of the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment system. Consensus from all stakeholders in the OSEP investigations revealed that the field of educational interpreting needed a professional organization that focused specifically on the complex work that K-12 interpreters do to support students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
From the results from the OSEP-funded investigations, a national steering committee with a wide range of expertise in the field of educational interpreting was established in 2013 with the goal of developing the organizational infrastructure, mission and belief statements, and a 5-year strategic plan. In the spring of 2016, the National Association of Interpreters in Education was established as a non-profit organization, which promotes the pursuit of professional excellence regarding interpreting services in educational settings.