Strengthening Your Core 4: Science

  • 17 Apr 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • ZOOM


VDOE Regions 5, 6 & 7 Educational Interpreter Grant

"Strengthening Your Core 4: Science"

Tammy Fortune and Katherine McMullen

Date: April 17th, 2021

Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID

Location: VIRTUAL, link will be sent after registration is complete

Workshop Description: Planks! Flutter kicks! Crunches! Great plan if you’re after that elusive “six-pack”!  But how do we train to get in tip top shape as highly effective educational interpreters for children who are deaf or hard of hearing in the general education or special education classroom? VDOE required competencies for the core 4 academic subject areas: English, math, science and social studies are clearly defined. Yet each subject includes specific vocabulary, typical instruction and assessment forms, and its own set of unique challenges for the educational interpreter working to provide truly effective access for students who are deaf or hard of hearing (and may not have native L1 fluency.)  We can’t promise you ripped abs, but in this workshop, we will roll up our sleeves and dive deep into the SCIENCE classroom, providing content vocabulary instruction, practical tools to use in class, and generous opportunities for hands-up/hands-on practice activities taken straight from real classrooms in a safe, judgment free learning environment. 

Presenter Biography-   Tammy Fortune 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, Vice President, and served as President from 2016-2020.  Currently in her 29th year of professional interpreting, Mrs. Fortune is working toward her Doctorate in Business Administration with a cognate in Leadership.


Grant participants should contact Kathy Campbell 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 Kathy Campbell.


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