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Upcoming events

    • 19 Oct 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Northern Virginia Community College 8333 Little River Turnpike Annandale, VA 22003
    Register

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


    "Modeling Visual Language in the Classroom, Scaffolding Domains While Becoming Comfortable in Your Expressive Body"

     Presented by Wink Smith, Jr., NIC

    .6 RID CEUs


    VIEW FLYER: 10.19.19 flyer.pdf


    When: Saturday, October 19, 2019

               9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

    Cost: VRID Members - $50.00

             Non-Members - $75.00

             VRID 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: 

    Most educational interpreters know or have been told that they are a language model for the Deaf student they work with within the educational system. Often the interpreter is the only language model for the student or is one of only a very few language models all with varying levels of skills. This workshop explores the meaning of being a ‘language model’ and its impacts on a child acquiring at least two languages within the school system, American Sign Language and English among possibly others. The workshop then introduces concepts from cognitive linguistics to model how language provides access to knowledge structures by categorization and how it provides a specific way of viewing, or more specifically construing that knowledge. The workshop then moves to its primary focus, introducing and practicing the visual language components of ASL, otherwise known as depiction. Participants will learn how each concept is also used in the spoken language community then the participants will learn how the Deaf community have further specified and evolved these depictions into language and modality specific means. After practice of these concepts, real world classroom data will be used to practice with to further entrench these depictive techniques but also the goal of becoming a language model. One final goal in this workshop is the idea of becoming comfortable with expressing yourself through this depictive modality. We will not practice leaping across the room or other dramatic features as those have a place on the stage and are not commonly seen in contexts outside of theater. Rather, we will practice how being in one location, visual vernacular, can be of use and how we can use conventional expressions that Deaf people use, but at times some interpreters do not feel comfortable using.

    Presenter Biography: Windell Wink Jr.

    Wink, MA, MBA, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice, which he wrote about in the RID Views, Winter 2012 issue. Presenting workshops the last ten years at national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV, V), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes. Currently Wink travels full time performing, presenting workshops, and managing Winkshop, Inc, through which he has developed a dozen training DVDs. A fun fact: in 2016 alone, Wink traveled professionally enough miles to circle the earth over three times.

    ADA Accommodations must be requested by October 11, 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."


    • 16 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • 1651 E Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23228
    Register

    VDOE Regions 1, 3 & 8 Educational Interpreter Grant

    in conjunction with VRID and JSRCC present

       

    Test: A Four Letter Word

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

              Date:  November 16, 2019

                  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 Many of us see “Test” as a four-letter word we do not like to hear. We experience a fear when taking any interpreter screening test. Fears such as: do we have the knowledge needed, will we freeze up, or testing anxiety, to name a few. This workshop is for interpreters who are ready to take one of the many different tests available but are nervous about what to expect. The workshop will teach strategies interpreters can apply when taking written or practical tests. There will also be an opportunity for interpreters to video their own product and have it analyzed by the group.  Interpreters will also to learn strategies to alleviate anxiety before they take a test.

     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 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 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 or Carrie Humphrey chumphrey@reynolds.edu

                                        


    • 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

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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