National Summit on Educational Interpreting

BEGINNINGS_2014 National Summit on Educational Interpreting - Denver, CO

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 the fall of 2015 with the goal of developing the organizational infrastructure, mission and belief statements, and a 5-year strategic plan.


Frances Beaurivage, Nebraska
Susan Brown, Colorado
Tracey Frederick, Maine
Pat Himes, Colorado
Sue Ann Houser, Pennsylvania
Leilani Johnson, Colorado
Racheal Ragin, North Carolinia
Jenna Schellenber, Washington
Rachel Sera, Washington
Stephanie Zito, Wisconsin


LaNae Phillips, Colorado
Carol Schweitzer, Wisconsin
Rachel Sera, Washington
Janet Sloand, Pennsylvania
Kevin Williams, New York
Caryl Williams, New Mexico


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.

2016 Inaugural National Conference on Interpreting in Education

Photo: 2016 Board of Directors (Left to Right): Patricia Himes, Jenna Schellenberger, Stephanie Zito, Tracey Frederick, Susan Brown, Kory Cross, and Jeremy Tuttle.

Official launching of NAIE commenced at the 2016 National Conference on Interpreting in Education: A Changing Landscape, June 23-26, 2016 at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.

Reflections of Participants

 Conference Newsletter

View Our 2016 Conference Photos


2017 National Conference


Reflections of Participants

View more photos from the 2017 Conference


Release of the Professional Guidelines for Interpreting in Educational Settings

2019 National Conference


Charlie Frederick-  Past Webmaster
Cheryl Johnson-Educational Audiologist Association, NAIE Steering Committee Advisor
Andrew Rhoade- Logo Graphics Advisor

Josh and Elizabeth Seal
Jenna Schellenberger – Past Membership Director
Robert Rose – Past Treasurer
Korry Cross – Past Vice-President
Erin Poeschel – Past Treasurer
Tracey Frederick – Past Communications Director
Jeremy Tuttle – Past Publications Director
Daryl G. Crouse, Esq. – Past Treasurer
Susan Brown – Past President
Kimberly Hutter – Past Vice-President
Jo Brown – Past Membership Director