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Tuesday July 10th, 2018 9:00AM — 4:00PM
Wednesday July 11th, 2018 8:30AM — 3:30PM
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2018 Educational Interpreter Summer Institute: Interpreting for STEM

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Event Type: Inservices/workshops Inservices/workshops

Credit Type: Act 48 Clock Hour (11 hours) Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf

Registration Contact: Kristi Simpson, ksimpson@pattan.net, 800-441-3215x72

Content Contact: Sue Ann Houser, shouser@pattan.net, 800-441-3215 x 7243


Interpreters work in a variety of STEM/Life Science courses, often with a limited understanding of the vocabulary associated with these subjects. The depth and complexity of STEM instruction can challenge the most skilled interpreter. STEM content is taught in all classrooms, including early elementary. This institute will provide vocabulary and explanations for a variety of life science subjects. Participants will have hands on practice as well as resources to use after the institute has been completed.


Participants will:

  • Analyze the signing content for a variety of ASL features within STEM vocabulary including listing, personification, non-manual markers, compare/contrast, and mouth morphemes.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify such ASL features and explain their usefulness in enhancing an educational lesson in relation to STEM topics.
  • Identify specific fingerspelled words, non-manuals, or other signs embedded in the text.
  • Explain the value of viewing specific educational topics to general educational interpreting and demonstrate application of one topic to another.

Target Audience

PA Educational Interpreters working in the K-12 setting, PA Teachers of students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and are fluent in American Sign Language.

Individuals attending this course must arrive on time and stay the duration of the course in order to receive Act 48 Professional Education hours. Requests for exceptions are to be brought to the attention of the individual´s Superintendent or IU Director prior to the course.

Topics Covered: Educational Interpreters


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Reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate individuals who have special needs as addressed by the Americans with Disabilities Act and who need assistance at this training. Contact: Kristi Simpson, at 800-441-3215×72, or ksimspon@pattan.net.