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Subject: Deaf/HOH/Educational Interpreters/Upcoming Free Training

Source: Stephen Barr, Assistant Commissioner

Intended Audience: Administrators, Special Education Directors, Special Education Instructors, Educators of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Interpreters

Date: May 10, 2011

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is again funding training sponsored by the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH).  The "Rural Educational Interpreters Skill Enhancement Training" will be an intensive three-week training held at William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri from July 5-22, 2011.  The training will focus on receptive and expressive sign language abilities and utilize qualified instructors of educational interpreting, instructional materials, video-labs, targeted curriculum, and exposure to deaf language role models.  The goal of this program is to enhance interpreter skill levels to an intermediate level of proficiency.

A minimum registration of 24 people is required.  MCDHH is accepting applications for this program through June 6, 2011.  Please get your applications in as early as possible in order to allow time for the selection process.  Applications can be found at: http://mcdhh.mo.gov/RuralEducationInterpreterTraining2011.htm.

Selections will be made by a review of the completed application and awarded based on the following criteria:

* Specific need due to Provisional Certificate in Education (PCED) expiration

* Current employment as an Education Interpreter for a Rural Missouri Public School System

* Current holders of a Novice or Apprentice Certification without a PCED

There is no charge to the participants.  Lodging will be provided Sunday through Thursday.  Meals will be provided Monday through Friday breakfast.

It is hoped that all participants will register for MICS testing soon after completing this training.  MICS CEUs have been approved for this training.

Send completed applications to Angela.Graves@mcdhh.mo.gov or fax them to 573-526-5209.  Applications can be found on the MCDHH website: http://mcdhh.mo.gov/RuralEducationInterpreterTraining2011.htm.