WWU Provides Training for Rural Interpreters

American Sign Language educational interpreters working in
rural K-12 schools will be on the William Woods University campus in July for
three weeks of training.

The Rural Educational Interpreter Skill Enhancement Training
is co-sponsored by WWU and the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of
Hearing (MCDHH) and paid for by the Department of Elementary and Secondary
Education (DESE). The training involves 25-30 interpreters and runs July 5-22.
Workshops will be taught by Dr. Barbara Garrett, professor of
ASL interpreting at WWU and a member of the Missouri State Committee of
Interpreters (SCI), and Bethany Peterson, student life director at Missouri
School for the Deaf.
Sessions will include language development in Deaf and hard
of hearing children, the role and responsibility of educational interpreters
and self-assessment in interpreting, as well as in-depth concentration on ASL

Carrie McCray, assistant professor of ASL interpreting, teaches a class during the 2010 workshop.

Dr. Barbara Garrett, professor of ASL interpreting, will be the instructor this year.