Welcome to the Graduation to Certification (GTC) Journey Track
You have registered to be a part of the GTC Journey track. The resources we will share are designed to support novice interpreters on their professional development journey. Our first message is about the importance of a “community of practice.”
This concept is rooted in a social theory of learning that has four components (Wegner, 1998):
- Meaning: learning as experience
- Practice: learning as doing
- Community: learning as belonging
- Identity: learning as becoming
Community: learning as belonging
Over the course of the year, we will be sharing resources and activities that address all four components of learning. To be begin, we offer a forum for building community and making connections.
In addition to this online forum, we encourage you to identify one person to serve as a “co-mentor” with you. You will check in with this person about professional development activities you plan to do over the course of the year. Malcolm and Russell (2013) describe such a relationship being about “accountability in action.” Having someone who will ask how you are doing on a project will increase the likelihood of you completing it, and at the same time increase your satisfaction with your work. Malcolm and Russell put it this way:
Co-mentoring is a valuable process for furthering professional growth and self-reflection…the benefits may include increased satisfaction in their work lives, increased momentum on project work, and opportunities to hone self-analysis and reflection skills. (p.103)
Within the online forum, there are resources you can use to structure a co-mentoring relationship that is mutually beneficial.
Ultimately, this is about a journey that you are undertaking. All of us at the CATIE Center hope to support and encourage you in the same spirit of the poet Nikki Giovanni (2003), who wrote:
It’s a journey
that I propose.
I am not the guide
nor the technical assistant.
I will be your fellow passenger…
An ASL Translation of “A Journey”
Once again, welcome to this journey. Whether you are a novice interpreter beginning your entry to practice, or someone who works with novice interpreters to support them, we are glad to be on this path with you.
Giovanni, N. (n.d.). A journey. poets.org Retrieved from https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/poem/journey
Malcolm, K. & Russell, D. (2013). Co-mentoring: Accountability in action. In B. Winston & R. G. Lee, eds., Mentorship in sign language interpreting (pp. 97-104). Alexandria, VA: RID Press.
Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.
About the GTC Project
The St. Catherine University CATIE Center, Graduation to Certification project is funded by the US Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration, #H160C160001.
Although these contents were developed under a grant from the Department of Education, they do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal government.