A Sample Professional Development Plan

Side view of a monthly desk calendar - showing the week from the 5 - 10.

Are you a novice interpreter who struggles incorporating classifiers in your work? How about recognizing fingerspelled word?  When a deaf person starts to fingerspell something, does it make you a little (or a lot) nervous? If you answer yes to any or all of these questions, you are not alone.
To support your professional development, the CATIE Center has developed a month-long plan with a series of activities that focus on these three competencies:  classifiers, fingerspelled word recognition and maintaining composure.
This sample plan is an example of how you can create your own Individual Development Plan (IDP) process that is customized to your own needs.  More information on that will be forthcoming, but we wanted to start with a concrete sample so you can practice with it and get a sense of what works for you in terms of mixing and spacing out exercises.
The plan contains a series of activities from the GTC Resource Library that are varied and spaced out to take advantage of the principles from the book Make It Stick that are explained in the Effective Learning and Practice modules.

Educational Objectives

Successful participants will be able to:
  • describe the principle of interleaving and how it helps to make learning stick
  • practice a template approach for fingerspelled word recognition
  • Use a structured approach to shadowing native signers using depiction and then incorporating it in their own signed discourse
  • Use stimulated recall to reflect on interpreting work.
  • Identify strategies for maintaining composure during interpreting work.

Now in Canvas

We have now turned the monthly plan into a Canvas course that allows you to do the activities and interact with other people in the Journey Track.


This course will have facilitation by Doug Bowen-Bailey and Jenny Smith-Hastings from the CATIE Center through the Ask CATIE Forum.  Facilitation provided September 1-30.  You have until October 7 to complete activities for CEUs.

Certificate of Completion & CEUs

This course is being offered for CEUS through RID’s ACET program for novice interpreters working toward certification. (For certified members in the CMP program, this is not an opportunity for you to earn CEUs.)
RID CEUs are sponsored by the St. Catherine University, an approved RID sponsor for continuing education activities. This activity has been approved for 1.5 CEUs in professional studies and assumes some knowledge content.

Cartoon graphic of GoReact interface with presentation on left side of screen, an interpreter in the center, and comment panel on right side.Using GoReact with the Plan

If you would like to use GoReact with the plan, click here for more information about how you can use GoReact as a tool for looking at your work and discussing it with others.