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May 23, 2020 Webinar

Webinar: “K-12 Interpreters: IDEA, IEPs and Navigating COVID-19”

Presented by: Kimberly Hutter.

Presenter Bio: Kimberly Hutter is a Technical Assistance Specialist with the Center for Technical Assistance for Excellence in Special Education (TAESE). Prior to TAESE, Kimberly was a Program Specialist with the Division of Review & Support at Texas Education Agency. Ms. Hutter also worked as an Instructor in an Interpreter Training Program at Spokane Falls Community College in Spokane, Washington.

Ms. Hutter is a Doctoral Candidate studying Special Education at The University of North Carolina – Greensboro and is a Scholar with the National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD). Her research focuses on state and federal policy relating to educational interpreter preparation and educational interpreters employed in K-12 settings.

Kimberly earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Concordia University, Bachelor of Arts in Sign Language Interpretation from Siena Heights University, and Associate of Applied Science in Educational Interpreting from Northcentral Technical College. She holds her National Certification in Ed: K-12 Interpreting.        

Date: Saturday, May 23rd, 2020

Time: 9am-11am PT / 10am-12pm MT / 11am-1pm CT / 12pm-2pm ET

Workshop Description: This webinar will review the “why” interpreters are in the classroom, taking a closer look at the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and related service providers. What an Individualized Education Program (IEP) entails and the responsibilities of the K-12 interpreter in relation to the student’s IEP. Current IDEA/legal discussions within the field will be reviewed and how COVID-19 may be impacting K-12 interpreters and deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Suggestions for creating a working relationship with team-members during the COVID-19 pandemic will be provided.

*This webinar will be presented in English with English-ASL Interpretation and will be limited to the first 500 registrants*

.2 RID CEUs or 2 Professional Development Hours

*OPEN TO MEMBERS ONLY*


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2018-2019 Leilani Johnson Leadership in Educational Interpreting Award

This prestigious award is designated to an interpreter who works in education, recognized as a visionary, has demonstrated leadership qualities, and has proven to be an interpreter who has had an impact on the profession as well as educational arenas.

  • Nominations for 2018-2019 are now closed.
  • The selected recipient will be announced to the membership in July

CALL FOR NAIE STATE AMBASSADORS

As the NAIE continues to grow, we will increasingly rely on you, our membership,  to continue the mission and vision. As such, we have reached an exciting milestone in  which we are ready to capitalize on the volunteerism many of you have eagerly offered!

At this time, we are excited to call for NAIE members who are interested in serving as State Ambassadors. For more information or to apply, click here!

Our May 23rd webinar is already full! Thank you all for your excitement and support of this topic! (We are excited too!) For those of you unable to register: we are recording this webinar and are working on our website to be able to accommodate recorded webinars for later viewing. We don't have an exact date as to when this will be available, but know that we are working on it and will make an announcement as soon as this option is available! ... See MoreSee Less

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Upcoming Webinar!!! Join us May 23rd for "K-12 Interpreters: IDEA, IEPs and Navigating COVID-19" presented by Kimberly Hutter. Our webinars are for members only. Head over to www.naiedu.org/join-naie and take advantage of our current offer of a 1 year free membership! Once you are a member, you can register for the webinar in your Member Portal!

'See' you online on May 23, 2020!

*Webinar will be presented in English with English-ASL Interpretation, will be limited to the first 500 registrants and worth .2 CEUS*

Questions? Email our Professional Development Chair at profdevelopment@naiedu.org
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This may be a #waybackwednesday video, but the sentiment still rings true. We appreciate YOU!! Happy Interpreter Appreciation Day!

- NAIE Board of Directors

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National Association of Interpreters in Education

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The NAIE Board of Directors recognizes that many educational stakeholders have been impacted in various ways by the COVID-19 crisis. We want to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to benefit from membership of NAIE, including those who may be experiencing financial challenges. While our society recovers from the COVID-19 crisis, we are offering a one-year membership at no cost. The option will be available to those who need it through December 31, 2020. We welcome our educational interpreter colleagues as well as teachers, administrators, and other educational stakeholders to join the NAIE community. For more information, such as Frequently Asked Questions and instructions on how to use the code visit naiedu.org/join-naie

Announcement in ASL: youtu.be/eA00wpWD9vg
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Congratulations to our March Madness Winners Briana Brandon & Stacie Bush! Thank you for joining the NAIE and for encouraging and referring an interpreter to join! We appreciate you both!

Not a member yet? Visit www.https://naiedu.org/join-naie/ to join today!
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Memo of Guidance for Administrators: Continuing Educational Interpreting Services

The National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE) acknowledges that this is a challenging time for educational institutions and the nationwide move to virtual instruction is unprecedented. This memo is being issued to provide clarification and support regarding the essential continuation of educational interpreting services for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind (D/HH/DB).

While the current situation is not ideal, there are a plethora of resources available to support the continued provision of educational interpreting services. Per the Department of Education Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Supplemental Fact Sheet issued on March 21, 2020, modifications shall be made to provide educational interpreting services remotely.

Connecting and communicating with D/HH/DB students and their families is critical during this time. Regardless of employment model (part-time, full-time, salaried, hourly, or contracted), educational interpreters should continue to be employed and compensated parallel to the procedures implemented for instructional personnel, such as classroom teachers. In addition to interpreting, educational interpreters can guide educators, D/HH/DB students, and their families on how to transition to remote interpreting access.

As related service providers prescribed by Sec. 300.34 of IDEA, the specific roles and responsibilities of educational interpreters are individualized for each student. Many D/HH/DB students are relying on educational interpreters as their primary language models who contribute to students’ linguistic, academic, and social growth throughout the school year. Families of D/HH/DB students may not possess the language skills necessary to convey the wide range of academic and other topics for continued instruction. Educational interpreting services should remain available and flexible to support language development and access to instructional materials.

We conclude by emphasizing the myriad of interpreter responsibilities that will be necessary during this time:

- Preparation for interpreting-related tasks, such as securing resources, mastering technology, and consulting with educators/families regarding accessibility strategies
- Simultaneous (real-time), consecutive (recorded), and on-call interpreting for all audible and printed content, including opportunities for interaction and self-directed materials
- Collecting and creating supplementary resources in sign language such as children’s stories and novel chapters
- Informal sign language instruction and support for students, educators, and families
- Assisting with other accessibility-related tasks such as captioning videos
- Participation in professional development activities

We genuinely appreciate your special consideration regarding the continued provision of communication access for all D/HH/DB students during this challenging time. Through our COVID-19 webpage, we will continue to provide guidance and relevant resources for supporting educational interpreters, educators, and school districts with the tools to maintain these essential services. Please send specific questions regarding this guidance to info@naiedu.org.

** To download the memo and for additional resources please visit www.naiedu.org/covid19 **
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Dear Colleagues,

The National Association of Interpreters in Education (NAIE) acknowledges that this is a challenging time for everyone. Advocacy efforts are needed now, more than ever, to ensure that students who are deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind (D/HH/DB) have continued access to education. While the current situation is not ideal, NAIE has compiled resources to support educational interpreters in this transition. Patience, flexibility, and continued dialogue with families, educators, and school districts will be essential during this time.

It can be difficult to put ourselves in the shoes of administrators who are addressing a multitude of challenges during this time. We must prioritize informing school districts about ways educational interpreters can contribute to communication access for thousands of D/HH/DB students as we adapt to virtual education. NAIE’s Memo of Guidance for Administrators: Continuing Educational Interpreting Services can be shared to further validate the need for maintaining services.

When approaching administration, it will be most effective to do so from the standpoint of offering assistance, not only to the students with whom you work, but also to their peers, educators, families, and the program as a whole. Advocating for D/HH/DB students in ways that are tactful, respectful, and effective is critical.
Consider the following shifts when prioritizing your roles and responsibilities:

• Preparation for interpreting-related tasks such as securing resources, mastering technology, and consulting with educators and families regarding accessibility strategies
• Simultaneous (real-time), consecutive (recorded), and on-call interpreting for all audible and printed content, including opportunities for interaction and self-directed materials
• Collecting and creating supplementary resources in sign language, such as children’s stories and novel chapters
• Informal sign language instruction and support for students, educators, and families
• Assisting with other accessibility-related tasks, such as captioning videos
• Participation in professional development activities

Once accessibility strategies have been established and successfully implemented, time at home can be used to contribute to larger projects such as: developing and/or updating interpreting-related policies and resources (e.g., educational interpreter handbook), participating in mentoring programs, and implementing customized professional development plans.

We want to emphatically reiterate our appreciation for your steadfast and unique support for students, educators, and families during this time. Through our COVID-19 webpage, we will continue to provide guidance, relevant resources, and tools to continue your essential services. For state-specific considerations, please connect with your NAIE State Ambassador or consider becoming one yourself! For additional questions please contact info@naiedu.org.

-NAIE Board of Directors

Visit naiedu.org/covid19 for further guidance, resources and tools, including a downloadable version of the above Letter to Colleagues as well as the Memo of Guidance for Administrators: Continuing Educational Interpreting Services
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NAIE Announcement: Preparing Educational Interpreters for Distance Learning

Due to the spread of COVID-19 (aka “coronavirus”) in the United States, we recognize that everyone is being impacted in some way or another, whether at work, at home, or through family, friends, and consumers. One of the things we are so proud of our membership for is the concern we have for deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind (D/HH/DB) students and the community at large. However, facing such sudden and unprecedented changes in our educational settings is daunting to say the least. How can we better prepare in our professional roles to address such inevitable shifts, such as the transition to virtual instruction? To ensure continued accessibility, which issues should we be ready to address and offer solutions?

*To learn more and to read the full article visit www.naiedu.org/covid19
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