Managing Your Processing Time

  • 27 Mar 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • ZOOM


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VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

in conjunction with VRID and J.S. Reynolds Community College present

“Managing Your Processing Time”

Tammy Fortune

Date: March 27, 2021

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID (Pending)   

Location:  Online Format

Workshop Description:  During this workshop, participants will examine the importance of processing time as it relates to interpreting.  Participants will learn where their comfort zone lies with processing time both receptively and expressively.  Participants will learn techniques that will help them to assess and lengthen processing time. Participants will also evaluate the product in such a way that over time will produce real results.  Participants will also put into practice these techniques and evaluations in the workshop.  Because of the nature of this workshop, it will be presented in spoken English.

Educational Objectives:

  • Participants will be able to define processing time and explain how this affects their daily work.
  • Participants will be able to detail their own processing time and needed areas of improvement in their work.
  • Participants will be able to describe how to target their own processing time order to develop a personal deliberate practice plan.
  • Participants will be able to compare their original product with their “new and improved” product.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate their own product as it relates to processing time as well as judge their own personal           improvement/gains in the process.

Presenter Biography: Tammy Fortune, MBA is a CODA from Lynchburg, Virginia.  She began her interpreting career at age 17, as a post-secondary educational interpreter.  Upon her graduation from Liberty University in 1995 with her degree in Business Management, she was hired as a K-12 interpreter and obtained her VQAS in the same year. Her life has taken her as far as Florida, where she began working in the mental health setting as a staff interpreter at a mental health facility in Central Florida.  She obtained her Florida QAS in 2001 and her RID CI/CT in 2002.  During her time in Florida, she became the Interpreter Coordinator and Human Resources coordinator for the same facility, coordinating facility interpreters as well as national and international conference interpreting teams.  She has presented at RID affiliate chapter conferences and served on a panel for mental health interpreters. In 2007, she graduated from Liberty University with her graduate degree in Business Administration.  Since relocating back to her home state of Virginia, she has worked in various settings, both as a staff and freelance interpreter, specializing in medical, mental health, and educational settings (K-12 and post-secondary). In addition, she has discovered a passion for theater interpreting and has interpreted more than 60 plays since 2012.  From 2012-2020, she served as an adjunct interpreting instructor in the American Sign Language Interpreting program at Liberty University.  She teaches interpreting workshops, specializing in educational interpreting, skills development, and relationship and team building.  She has served as the VRID District IV Representative and Vice President.  Having worked 25+ years of professional interpreting, she now serves as the VRID President. In the fall of 2019, Mrs. Fortune began her Doctorate in Business Administration studies with a focus on leadership


Grant participants should contact Susan May for the training code.  VRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities. This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUs at the Some Content Knowledge Level.  If you have questions or require a reasonable accommodation for this event, please contact Sandra Blue or Carrie Humphrey


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