CALL FOR TEACHING TEAMS
Skill Development Track
Hello! I am Anna Witter-Merithew, RID Interim Executive Director. On behalf of RID HQ and the Board of Directors, I would like to extend a personal invitation for teaching teams for the skills track of the 2017 LEAD Together Conference. This call officially opens with this announcement and closes Tuesday, February 28th. Selections and notifications will be made by March 10th, 2017.
This call for teaching teams seeks proposals from Deaf-Deaf or Deaf-hearing teams who will conduct either 3-hour or 6-hour training sessions that engage participants in hands-on skill development activities focused on one of the following topics.
- Pronominalization in ASL
- Depiction in ASL
- ASL Semantics
- Spatial structuring/Discourse mapping
- Achieving semantic equivalence
- Message coherence
- Receptive fingerspelling
Skills to be addressed were determined based on data collected from NIC performance exam data, diagnostic assessment data available from the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers [NCIEC], and the LEAD Together Member Survey conducted in fall 2016. This track will be conducted in ASL-only, so targeted participants are those individuals dedicated to advancing their skills by collaborating with teachers/trainers in an ASL-only environment.
The target audience for this track is individuals who seek to boost their ASL comprehension and expressive performance as applied both in conversation and interpreting. This is an ideal track for individuals who are not-yet-certified, aspire to achieve RID NIC certification, or for practicing interpreters who seek an ASL skills immersion experience that will boost their day-to-day practice.
The ideal teaching team will submit a proposal that articulates a clear and creative teaching plan focused on active engagement of participants throughout the session versus emphasis on lecture/presentation. Each training session will have 30-40 participants. It is anticipated that approximately three 6-hour sessions and five 3-hour sessions will be selected—each of these being offered multiple times during the skills track schedule.
Teaching teams will receive a fee of $500 for each offering of a 3-hour session and a fee of $1,000 for each offering of a 6-hour session. NOTE: Selected teaching teams should be prepared to repeat their training sessions more than once. So, for example, if a teaching team conducted their approved 3-hour session three times during the skills track schedule, they would receive a payment of $1,500 total. If another teaching team conducted their approved 6-hour session twice during the skills track schedule, they would receive a total payment of $2,000. The fee is for the teaching team—it is not a per teacher fee.
Interested individuals should complete the online proposal at the link below. The proposal process includes an introduction to the teaching team that is generated in ASL and uploaded, as well as written responses to a variety of proposal questions. Proposals are due no later than Tuesday, February 28th at 5 PM EDT. Selections and notifications will be sent out no later than March 10th, 2017.
Questions about this Call can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your consideration.