2019 Statewide Sign Language Skill Development Workshop

Dates: July 18 & 19, 2019 (Thursday and Friday)
Time: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Thursday) — 8:30 am – 3:30 pm (Friday)
*Participants must attend both days*

Clock Hours: 12 clock hours in the “interpreting” category will be awarded.

RID certified interpreters may apply to receive CEUs on an individual basis if needed through the PINRA process. Participants must contact Traci Cooney (traci.cooney@nebraska.gov) at NCDHH prior to the workshop to complete a PINRA form. For Nebraska interpreter licensees, CEUs can be earned by providing a copy of the certificate of completion to Traci Cooney after the workshop.

Location: Don Clifton Center (710 Hill St; Lincoln, NE 68502)

Topics: ”Language in Space”
*This workshop will be taught in ASL with no voice interpreter
One of the ways ASL is most different from English is the spatial nature of ASL grammar. This includes layering of nonmanuals, temporal information, mapping and depiction (role shift, depictive verbs). This workshop reviews these fundamental features of spatial grammar in ASL. As each feature is reviewed,participants practice that feature using a children’s story. Throughout theworkshop, components of the narrative are built one piece at a time until the whole story is rendered in ASL as the final activity of the workshop.

Registration Fee:
Free Participants currently employed in a Nebraska K-12 school district or ESU
$50 Freelance interpreters not employed in a Nebraska K-12 school district or ESU
$25 College student rate (must be currently enrolled)

Registration: Online registration is required by June 14, 2019: https://forms.gle/2qcq668Byzz5AGmK8

Meals: All meals/snacks will be own your own. A one-hour lunch break will be given each day.

Questions? Contact your regional coordinator or call 402-436-1897.

Dr. Cates (Deb) is the Sign Language Program Coordinator at the Iowa School for the Deaf. She oversees staff sign language development, the administration of the SLPI program, and educational interpreter professional development in the state of Iowa.

Deb has a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Davis. She has a long-time affiliation with Gallaudet University’s Science of Learning Center on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2). Her research interests include the relationship between form and meaning in signed languages, bilingual education, and the cognitive demands of simultaneous interpreting. She develops research-based practices for interpreter skill development.

Deb also holds a BA in Deaf Studies with an Interpreting Emphasis from California State University, Northridge. She has 14 years of experience in educational interpreting at the middle school, high school and university settings and is a licensed interpreter in the state of Iowa with her EIPA score of 4.7 in Secondary PSE.

This workshop is sponsored and funded by the Nebraska Department of Education – Office of Special Education and supported through the Nebraska Regional Programs for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing