William Woods University this summer will host training sessions for 25 American Sign Language educational interpreters working in rural K-12 school systems.
The Rural Educational Interpreter Skill Enhancement Training is sponsored by the Missouri Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (MCDHH) and paid for by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE).
Workshops, running June 15 to July 3, will be taught by Melanie McKay-Cody, WWU instructor of ASL interpreting; Carrie McCray, assistant professor of ASL interpreting and member of the Missouri State Committee of Interpreters (SCI), and Sandy Drummond, charter member of the SCI and a former William Woods faculty member.
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 academic concentration in science, math, social science/history and reading.
According to McCray, there is a shortage of appropriately certified interpreters in the school systems of Missouri.
“The desire is to provide these interpreters with the boost they need to achieve the certification that is appropriate,” she said.