Unfortunately this workshop has been cancelled. 


Friday, April 26, 2024  5:00pm-9:00pm

The Interpreter's Role in IEP

Educational interpreters have been an accommodation in the classroom, however the specialized skills/knowledge that the interpreter can offer is not limited to actual interpreting. Interpreters have been and should be participating members of annual IEP team meetings. When allowed full access to the IEP document, which contains central guidelines for both the classroom teacher and the interpreter as an accommodation, the interpreter can offer salient information to the team. This workshop will address the IEP's implications of the interpreter's role in the classroom, the interpreter as a member of the IEP team, and interpreting protocol during an IEP meeting.

Learning Objectives:

  • As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to articulate: the role of the interpreter as part of the educational team, the interpreter's Code of Professional Conduct, confidentiality and how it applies to information contained within the IEP, the specific knowledge that the full-time interpreter has about Deaf students and the reasons that interpreters need access to Deaf students' IEPs.
  • As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to distinguish: between the working interpreter and participating interpreter during the IEP meeting, which interpreter (from the pool of interpreters) to use as a member of the IEP team, when and why to use an outside interpreter during the IEP meeting, and what to do if the IEP includes advocates/lawyers or if the IEP is recorded.
  • As a result of this activity, the participant will be able to integrate: the participating interpreter's observations about the students' use of the interpreter within the classroom and language proficiency, and how the interpreter will report information during the IEP meeting.

Saturday, April 27, 2024  9:00am - 5:30pm

How We Learn: The Art of Mimicry and ASL Language Acquisition

This workshop focuses on building the skills necessary to identify, assess, recreate, and incorporate grammatical components of ASL through immediate repetition and deliberate practice. Participants will learn about and have a guided opportunity to seek out their own ASL models, identify a desired grammatical marker illustrated by that model, then practice this method of language acquisition. Additionally, participants will leave with skills to independently incorporate this pedagogical method into their own deliberate practice.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will identify types of test question items of various grade levels and subject areas.
  • Participants will have opportunities to discuss interpreting strategies in both small and large group settings.
  • Participants will be given practice standardized test materials to analyze, review and apply workshop concepts of interpreting.
  • Participants will have opportunities to share ideas, ask questions and discuss personal experiences with standardized tests in large group setting.


This course is intended for Educational Interpreters, Interpreting students, and Deaf/HH Teachers.  An interpreter will be provided during this training.


Meet The Instructor

Donne FlandersDonna Flanders graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a degree in Interpretation for the Deaf in 1991 and immediately relocated to Georgia to become an educational interpreter in the metro Atlanta area. In 1999, Donna left the full-time workforce to expand her career working in the community. As an independent contractor, Donna has worked in a variety of settings, both in Georgia, across the States, and even abroad. Donna has taught numerous workshops specifically designed for K-12 interpreters and has also had the pleasure of presenting at several RID national-level conferences. Before the pandemic, Donna worked on staff at the Atlanta Area School for the Deaf in Clarkston, Georgia, interpreting for the staff and faculty, but also working on special interpreted projects related to the education and language nutrition of Deaf children. In recent years, Donna taught as part of the faculty at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and the University of North Florida, Jacksonville. Currently, Donna has returned to freelance interpreting in the metro Atlanta area and works as a consultant for interpreters working in the K-12 educational environment. Donna holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Master’s degree in Interpreting Pedagogy. 


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Earn 1.5 RID CEU and/or 1 college credit

NTC is an approved RID CMP sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional studies program is offered for 1.5 CEUs at the Some Content Knowledge Level.  In order to get CEUs/college credit, the participants are required to do an online assignment via Canvas after the workshop finishes.




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