Boggle game with cubes spelling the word EXPLOREExploring resources from the CATIE Center Graduation to Certification (GTC) program

The CATIE Center at St. Catherine University will hold a series of online workshops to introduce educators, mentors, and practitioners to some of the resources developed by the Graduation to Certification (GTC)  program.  Hosted in Canvas Commons, these resources are available for anyone to copy, adapt, and use in existing IEP courses, in mentoring sessions or for professional development.  You can take part in any or all of the individual sessions described below.

Sessions will have active facilitation during a set period of time listed below, but all of the workshops will be open through November 30, 2021. Participants will have the opportunity to review all of the materials in each resource. If participants wish to earn CEUs, they must comment on at least two of the activities in each resource in a discussion forum in an original post and respond to one other participant’s post.  Additionally, they must either participate in the Zoom meeting or watch the recording and post a reflection in the discussion forum.  All requirements must be completed by November 30, 2021.  Each individual session will be worth .2 CEUs and should take between 2-3 hours of time to complete all of the requirements.  

St. Catherine University is an approved RID sponsor for continuing education activities. Each individual session below is offered for .2 CEUs and assumes teaching knowledge of the topic.

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Exploring the GTC Backbone (10/4-10/6)

The GTC Backbone formed the core of the community of practice for the Graduation to Certification program.  In this workshop, you will have access to review and discuss the materials provided to GTC participants. In this series of 26 weekly posts, exercises are provided in three areas: self-care, interpreting practice, and reflective exercises. 

Active facilitation will take place from October 4-6.  The Zoom discussion will take place on October 5 at 7 pm CT. 

Exploring Online Intensive Interpreting Experiences (10/6-10/8)

The COVID-19 pandemic forced interpreter education programs to pivot like never before. During the recent period of mandatory quarantines, the need for effective online models became critical. That was also true for the GTC program. In this workshop, participants will have access to an online module that contains all the learning materials, resources, and directions to allow educators and mentors to replicate all or some of the learning experience in their own program or setting.  We will also demonstrate an online strategy for interpreting practice that provides an immediate opportunity for debriefing with Deaf and hearing mentors.  These strategies will be beneficial as an on-going option for face-to-face programs as well as an invaluable resource for programs when in-person practicums are not possible. 

Active facilitation will take place from October 6-8. The Zoom discussion will take place on October 8 at Noon CT. 

Exploring Effective Learning & Deliberate Practice  (10/11-10/13)

Deliberate practice and research into the science of effective learning served as a foundation for the GTC program. The CATIE Center developed two modules, one for hearing interpreters and one for Deaf interpreters, that provided GTC participants with activities to understand that structure and to practice it.  Learn more about the four big ideas from Make It Stick and how to structure activities that incorporate techniques like retrieval practice and interleaving and how you can incorporate these ideas into your own teaching.

Active Facilitation will take place from October 11-13.  The Zoom discussion will take place on October 13 at 1 pm CT.

Exploring Translation (10/13-10/15)

Translation is both an important professional skill and a foundational component of interpreter education. Two modules will be presented during this workshop:

  • Translation Strategies: ASL to English, and 
  • Deaf Perspectives on Translation.  

“Translation Strategies” provides multiple frameworks for approaching translation and a guided experience of translating ASL texts into English.  “Deaf Perspectives on Translation” shares different approaches from a variety of Deaf translators as well as opportunities for translating written English texts into ASL and comparing with the work of other Deaf translators.

Active facilitation will take place from October 13-15.  Zoom discussion is on October 15 at 2 pm CT. 

Exploring Individual Development Planning (10/18-10/20)

The CATIE Center developed several versions of an Individual Development Planning process that includes a spreadsheet that supports students and novice interpreters in creating SMART goals.  This workshop will introduce you to those versions as well as an example that was created of a month-long plan that mixed activities focused on fingerspelled word recognition, classifiers, and composure.  

Active facilitation will take place from October 18-20.  Zoom discussion is on October 20 at 6:30 pm CT. 

Exploring Language Development: The Cardiovascular System (10/25-10/27)

The GTC program adapted Body Language modules created by the CATIE Center to focus on building skills for both novice hearing and Deaf interpreters. Focused on the cardiovascular system, these resources support language development and translation skills.  For novice hearing interpreters, the focus is on talking about the cardiovascular system in ASL with a deaf audience in mind with the opportunity to compare their own language production with a CDI and a certified hearing interpreter. For Deaf interpreters, they have the additional opportunity to create an interpretation from the feed of a certified hearing interpreter. 

Active facilitation will take place from October 25-27.  Zoom discussion is on October 27 at Noon CT. 

Exploring Certification Exam Prep (10/27-10/29)

Preparing for certification exams can be a challenge, particularly in this time of changing processes. The GTC program has developed preparation modules supporting novice interpreters in preparing for performance testing for both Deaf and hearing interpreters.  This workshop will share both what we created for people in the GTC program and how we are adapting that to prepare for the future of certification testing for interpreters.  

Active facilitation will take place from October 27-29.  Zoom discussion is on October 29 at 1 pm CT.  

Exploring Black Deaf Perspectives (11/10-11/12)

The murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 sparked action in support of Black lives in Minnesota and around the world. While not a new movement, it took on a new intensity and challenged many communities and organizations to reckon with racism and white supremacy.   This is true for the deaf and interpreting communities as well. The CATIE Center partnered with the Black Deaf Center to curate a series of articles and videos that share a variety of Black Deaf Perspectives which was updated in 2021.   

Active facilitation will take place from November 10-12.  Zoom discussion is on November 11 at 7 pm CT.