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Upcoming events

    • 01 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Northern Virginia Community College 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003
    • 23
    Register

    NVCC and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant provided by Marla Pollack present...


    "ASL Grammar"

     Presented by Paula Debes

    .6 RID CEUs


    VIEW FLYER: 2.1.20 flyer.docx


    When: Saturday, February 1, 2020

               9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

             Non-Members - $75.00

             NVCC Interpreting Students/Grant participants- Free



    Location: NVCC

             8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003

             Building CN, Room 227

    NOTE: Certificates of Attendance will be given at conclusion, Parking is open in Lot B or garage, Coffee and Refreshments will be provided in the morning


    Workshop Information: 

    In this workshop we will be discussing ASL grammar, focusing on various topics such as topic/comment structure, verb tenses, and passive vs. active voice, direct and indirect discourse (IE. Role shifting,) etc.  Participants will have the opportunity to translate a variety of texts from English into ASL.  We will also work on several interpretations and discuss different strategies for interpretations. This workshop will be conducted in ASL

    Presenter Biography: Paula Reece, CI/CT

    Paula Debes Reece is originally from New York City and she started her teaching career at the Lexington School for the Deaf.  She has also taught science to Deaf students at The Learning Center and at Woodson HS.  She currently is the Assistant Dean for the ASL and Interpreter Education Department at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale campus and has taught there since 2004.  She holds a MA degree in Deaf Education from McDaniel’s College and an M. Ed in Higher Education with a specialization in teaching Interpreting from Northeastern University.    In addition, she maintains her CI/CT certification from the Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf and Professional Level Certification from the American Sign Language Teacher’s Association. 

    ADA Accommodations must be requested by January 31, contact Marla Pollack (mspollack@fcps.edu) or Paula Debes (pdebes@nvcc.edu)

      

    "VRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level."


    • 01 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Register

    VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

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

    “​Strengthening Your Core 4: Social Studies”

    Tammy Fortune and Katherine McMullen

           Date:  February 1, 2020

           Time: 9:00 am-4:00 pm

    0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID (Pending)

    Location JSRCC/Parham Road Campus

    1651 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228

    Burnette Hall/Room 200

    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 SOCIAL STUDIES 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. 

    Tammy Fortune 

    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 50 plays since 2012. In 2012, she began serving 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. Beginning her 27th year of professional interpreting, she now currently serves as the VRID President. In the fall of 2019, Mrs. Fortune will begin her Doctorate in Business Administration studies with a focus on leadership.

    Katherine McMullen

    Presenter Biography

    Katherine McMullen, NIC, a veteran interpreter from Lynchburg, VA, has spent the past 30 years working in various roles within the field of Deafness as a counselor, mentor, consultant, teacher, and educational as well as freelance interpreter. In 1990, she began work as a clinician within the Virginia Community Services Board system. Over the next ten years, she completed her graduate level certification at Western Oregon University in Rehabilitative Counseling with the Deaf, obtained her first VQAS III/III, served as the Southwestern VA Regional Coordinator for the Deaf, pioneered the delivery of clinical mental health/psychiatric services via video-teleconferencing in rural Southwest Virginia, and served as the chair of the Virginia Mental Health Advisory Council for the Deaf. She personally worked, through the Advisory Council, with legislators of the General Assembly to secure significant increases in budget and programming to promote improved access to mental health services for people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or Deafblind in Virginia. Since 1999, she has been the Lead Educational Interpreter for Lynchburg City Schools, focusing on creating opportunities for children who are deaf or hard or hearing to succeed inside and outside of the mainstream classroom by fostering exceptional, highly skilled interpreting teams. Under her leadership, Lynchburg City Schools has seen a 100% graduation rate (standard and advanced diplomas) for its Deaf and hard of hearing student population since 1999. She has delivered workshops at regional conferences, teaches ASL at Central Virginia Community College,  works as an interpreter mentor, and enjoys freelance interpreting. Her passions include behavioral health and theatrical interpreting, and she specializes in fully ‘shadow-interpreted’ productions (a fully immersive, on-stage interpreting approach she helped bring to Central Virginia in 2012.)

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    Grant participants should contact Sandra Blue, sandrablue2@gmail.com 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 chumphrey@reynolds.edu

                                                       


    • 17 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Register

    VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

    in conjunction with VRID and JSRCC present

    Surrender the Me for the We: Team Interpreting

                    Sabrina Smith, Ph.D. CI/CT, NIC: Master, Ed: K-12

              Date:  February 17, 2020

                  Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

    0.6 RID CEUs Sponsored by VRID (Pending)

    Location:  Spotsylvania County School Board Office

    8020 River Stone Dr.  Conference Room I

    Fredericksburg, VA 22407 

    Workshop Description Many interpreters look at teaming from an individual standpoint. The tendency is to go into a teamed assignment with our own experiences and expect that is the norm. This workshop takes a look at best practices in a teaming environment and how each interpreters’ needs can be met. Participants will be able to address concerns they have experienced and come up with solutions on how to address future concerns. The workshop starts off with activities that allow for group discussion.  Participants will later get hands on experience through activities which involve teaming English to ASL as well as ASL to English.

     Sabrina Smith, PhD, has been involved in the interpreting field for over 20 years. She is Nationally certified through RID: CI and CT, as well as NIC Master and Ed:K-12. She works as an educational interpreter and has been interpreting in the school system for over 19 years in elementary, middle and high school settings. She also works as a video relay interpreter with Sorenson Communications where she has been employed over 13 years. She enjoys encouraging interpreters of all levels and mentoring people across the United States. She works as a freelance interpreter, and as a performing arts interpreter for theatre’s and concert venues in her area. She served as the Region II delegate for IEIS (Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings) from 2015-17. She has presented various workshops across the country, and also presented abroad in Peru helping to empower the Deaf community to seek interpreters for their children in mainstreamed schools as well as teaching interpreters how to improve their expressive skills. Feel free to contact her about mentoring, presenting, or just general questions about the field of interpreting at sabrinatempie.wixsite.com/aslterp

    Grant participants should contact Sandra Blue, sandrablue2@gmail.com 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 .


    • 22 Feb 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Northern Virginia Community College 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003
    • 23
    Register

    NVCC and the VDOE Educational Interpreter Training Grant provided by Marla Pollack present...


    "Eye Gaze and Role Shift and Space... Oh My!"


     Presented by Sabrina Smith, PhD

    .6 RID CEUs


    VIEW FLYER: 2.22.2020 flyer.pdf


    When: Saturday, February 22, 2020

               9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

             Non-Members - $75.00

             NVCC Interpreting Students/Grant participants- Free



    Location: NVCC

             8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003

             Building CN, Room 227

    NOTE: Certificates of Attendance will be given at conclusion, Parking is open in Lot B or garage, Coffee and Refreshments will be provided in the morning


    Workshop Information: 

    How many times have our diagnostic results come back from testing only to see things like “use of space would have enhanced the product”? This workshop has a specific focus on eye gaze, role shift, and use of space in the ASL product. Many times, when an interpreter is working into the ASL product, they struggle with showing the relationship between people and objects in the setting. This workshop will allow hands on activities for the participants to practice using those skills. The workshop starts out with a discussion of the importance of these skills, then leads into basic sentence samples which allow the participants to manage the work in smaller chunks. As the day progresses, the activities will become longer and focus on the whole product.

    Presenter Biography: Sabrina Smith, PhD

    Sabrina Smith has been involved in the interpreting field for over 20 years. She is Nationally certified through RID: CI and CT, as well as NIC Master and Ed:K-12. She works as an educational interpreter and has been interpreting in the school system for over 17 years in elementary, middle and high school settings. She also works as a video relay interpreter with Sorenson Communications where she has been employed over 10 years. She enjoys encouraging interpreters of all levels and mentoring people across the United States. She works as a freelance interpreter, an instructor at local community colleges, and as a performing arts interpreter for theatre’s and concert venues in her area. She served as the Region II delegate for IEIS (Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings) from 2015-17. She has presented various workshops across the country, and also presented abroad in Peru helping to empower the Deaf community to seek interpreters for their children in mainstreamed schools. Feel free to contact her about mentoring, presenting, or just general questions about the field of interpreting at sabrinatempie.wixsite.com/aslterp 

    ADA Accommodations must be requested by February 21, contact Marla Pollack (mspollack@fcps.edu) or Paula Debes (pdebes@nvcc.edu)

      

    "VRID is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for Continuing Education Activities.This Professional Studies program is offered for 0.6 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level."


    • 07 Mar 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Roanoke, VA
    Register


      Mentoring 101 Presented by 

    SABRINA SMITH

    .6 RID CEUs


    NEW DATE: Saturday, March 7, 2020 (Rescheduled from 10/2019)

               8:30 AM - 3:30 PM 

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

              Non-Members - $60.00

             VRID Students - $25.00

    Location: Roanoke, VA 24015


    Workshop Information: 

    This workshop is for seasoned interpreters who are ready to take the plunge and start mentoring other interpreters who want to improve their product. The workshop teaches participants to analyze interpreters’ products, based on their skill levels, and how to identify areas which need improvement. Whether the interpreter is novice and in need of foundational skills or is seasoned preparing for the NIC, this workshop will demonstrate ways to improve the overall interpreting product. The presenter has been mentoring for over 12 years and has worked with over 80 mentees. This workshop will share the techniques used in her own mentoring process. The day consists of going through several activities that have been helpful in improving the interpreting process. It will start with basics such as how to keep records of mentees, skill improving activities, and analysis of diagnostics. Participants will be able to use these techniques to analyze the interpreting products in their current and future mentees.


    Presenter Biography: Sabrina Smith

    Sabrina Smith, PhD, has been involved in the interpreting field for over 20 years. She is Nationally certified through RID: CI and CT, as well as NIC Master and Ed:K-12. She works as an educational interpreter and has been interpreting in the school system for over 18 years in elementary, middle and high school settings. She also works as a video relay interpreter with Sorenson Communications where she has been employed over 12 years. She enjoys encouraging interpreters of all levels and mentoring people across the United States. She works as a freelance interpreter, and as a performing arts interpreter for theatre’s and concert venues in her area. She served as the Region II delegate for IEIS (Interpreters in Educational and Instructional Settings) from 2015-17. She has presented various workshops across the country, and also presented abroad in Peru helping to empower the Deaf community to seek interpreters for their children in mainstreamed schools. Feel free to contact her about mentoring, presenting, or just general questions about the field of interpreting at sabrinatempie.wixsite.com/aslterp

    Cancellation Policy:  Full refunds will be issued if written notice is provided to VRID by February 22nd, two weeks prior to the event. No refunds will be issued within two weeks of the event start date. To request accommodations or any other questions please contact Amanda Wharton Stacey (arw.stacey@gmail.com) for further information.

      


Past events

14 Dec 2019 From Theatre to the Classroom by Sabrina Smith
07 Dec 2019 Profanity in ASL presented by Richard "Ricky" Rose, Jr.
06 Dec 2019 Region 2: Beyond "It depends..." Demand Control Schema for Healthcare Interpreters
23 Nov 2019 Power, Privilege & Oppression Workshop presented by Trix Bruce
16 Nov 2019 Strengthening Your Core 4: Math
16 Nov 2019 Test: A Four Letter Word
19 Oct 2019 Modeling Visual Language with WINK
12 Oct 2019 DeafBlind Panel sponsored by Civic Access: FREE TO ATTEND!
12 Oct 2019 Logistics of Interpreting with DeafBlind People
28 Sep 2019 Strengthening Your Core 4: English
15 Sep 2019 "Opening the Door to Deaf-Blindness" OHOA Modules
14 Sep 2019 Conquering Fingerspelling Fears
15 Aug 2019 Roanoke City Public Schools and VDOE Present: Building Classifiers in the Sky by Sabrina Smith
13 Jul 2019 Idioms: Do You See What I'm Saying? by Wink Smith
11 Jul 2019 ASL in the Classroom IV
10 Jul 2019 ASL in the Classroom III
09 Jul 2019 ASL in the Classroom II
08 Jul 2019 ASL in the Classroom I
07 Jul 2019 2019 RID National Conference
22 Jun 2019 2019 VRID Mini-Conference
01 Jun 2019 Building Classifiers in the Sky
11 May 2019 Preparing for your next VQAS screening
04 May 2019 Next Level Interpreting by Josh Garrett
27 Apr 2019 “Into” and “Enter” what is the difference? Examining Structures to Improve Conceptualization
13 Apr 2019 VSDB and VDOE Present: The Classifier Zone by Sam Parker
13 Apr 2019 Virginia Baptist Conference of the Deaf 2019
30 Mar 2019 Interpreters and Ethical Decision-Making: Right or Wrong by Kevin Taylor
23 Mar 2019 Are You A Lone Ranger? presented by Tammy Fortune
23 Mar 2019 ​​Cracking the Fingerspelling Code by Tammy Fortune
02 Mar 2019 All Hands Up: Interpreter Boot Camp II by Sabrina Smith
16 Feb 2019 A State of Being: Switching on ASL and Staying There
16 Feb 2019 Non-Threatening Non Manuals
15 Dec 2018 Terrific Teaming
15 Dec 2018 Search and Rescue
08 Dec 2018 Region 2: Medical Terminology for Healthcare Interpreters
01 Dec 2018 Region 2: Learning the Language of Medicine: Introduction to Medicine for Interpreters - Part 3
17 Nov 2018 Region 2: Interpreting in Palliative Care
10 Nov 2018 Transitions in ASL and Quick Review of ASL Grammar
03 Nov 2018 Region 2: Learning the Language of Medicine: Introduction to Medicine for Interpreters - Part 2
20 Oct 2018 SSP Training with Steve Collins
12 Oct 2018 Hands Up RVA! at Reynolds
12 Oct 2018 Bringing Worship to Life by Samantha Terzis
29 Sep 2018 Meeting the Need presented by Tammy Fortune
29 Sep 2018 Region 2: Learning the Language of Medicine: Introduction to Medicine for Interpreters - Part 1
29 Sep 2018 ​​Cracking the Fingerspelling Code by Tammy Fortune
15 Sep 2018 “Transitions in ASL “ and “Quick Review of ASL Grammar"
15 Sep 2018 All Hands Up: Interpreter Boot Camp by Sabrina Smith
15 Sep 2018 Region 2: Medical Interpreting: How can I Interpret that?
14 Sep 2018 Region 2: Medical Interpreting: Women’s Health & Wellness
08 Sep 2018 VSDB and VDOE Present: Meeting the Need
07 Sep 2018 VSDB and VDOE Presents: Are You A Lone Ranger?
28 Aug 2018 My Lips Are Moving But What Am I Saying? Analyzing Your English Product with Dr. Sabrina Smith
11 Aug 2018 Kenyan Sign Language and Deaf Education
09 Aug 2018 Trix Bruce in Richmond, VA - 2.0 CEUs available!
06 Aug 2018 Online Workshop: Interpreting A Jewish Funeral
22 Jun 2018 2018 VRID Conference - Attendee Registration
28 Apr 2018 VSDB and VDOE Presents: Transitions and Grammar Review
21 Apr 2018 “What Did I Just Sign??? Analyzing Your Own ASL Product” by Sabrina Smith
18 Apr 2018 "The Silent Child" Screening hosted by Reynolds' ASL Club
14 Apr 2018 Building Relationships and Understanding Ethics in Educational Interpreting by Sabrina Smith
14 Apr 2018 FRID Webinar: Educational Interpreter Ethics: Don't Get Stuck in the DO++ DO++
06 Apr 2018 NCRID: Interpreting in a Civil Courtroom Setting: A Mock Trial Experience
10 Mar 2018 VSDB and VDOE Presents: How Do You Pronounce That?
03 Mar 2018 Terrific Teaming presented by Tammy Fortune
22 Jan 2018 NCRTM presents: Behavioral Health Interpreting: Specialty Training for Building New Competences
29 Jul 2017 Deliberate Practice with Wink Smith
27 Jul 2017 Trix Bruce in Fairfax, VA - 2.4 CEUs available!
20 Jul 2017 RID 2017 LEAD Together Conference
24 Jun 2017 Interpreting Jury Instructions, Plea Forms & Protection from Abuse Hearings: Oh My!
23 Jun 2017 Working Smarter Together presented by Miako Villanueva
02 Jun 2017 MSRID State Conference
18 May 2017 Signing Naturally: Units 7-12 Teacher Training
13 May 2017 Kids are Consumers, Too!
04 Feb 2017 How do I do this right?
01 Nov 2014 Conquering Fingerspelling Fears
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