Florida Educational Interpreter Project
Summer Institute

Summer Institute 2021!

July 27th to July 30th

9:00 am to 4:00 pm

1 hour lunch and 2 short breaks


Here is the registration link!


Please keep in mind when you register, you are committed to all four days. You will earn CEUs for the workshops you attend! 


Tuesday, July 27

Track One: Jamie Aranda and Molly O'Hara

Track Two: Aaron Izzo and David Evans

Track Three; Haley Eyster/Jennifer Francisco and Dr Sabrina Smith


Wednesday, July 28

Track One: Molly O'Hara and Jamie Aranda

Track Two: David Evans and Aaron Izzo

Track Three; Dr. Sabrina Smith and Haley Eyster/Jennifer Francisco


Thursday, July 29

Track One: Haley Eyster/Jennifer Francisco and Dr. Sabrina Smith

Track Two: Jamie Aranda and Molly O'Hara

Track Three; David Evans and Aaron Izzo


Friday, July 30

Track One: Dr Sabrina Smith and Haley Eyster/Jennifer Francisco

Track Two: Molly O'Hara and Jamie Aranda

Track Three; Aaron Izzo and David Evans


*There will be two groups in each track. You will receive an emali next week which group you will be in!*


Track #1-Newbies to 3.4 on the EIPA

Track #2-3.4 to 3.9 on the EIPA

Track #3-4.0 to Certified

Presenters' Topics:

Jamie Aranda:

"Discourse Mapping"

Discourse Mapping is typically the area in which interpreters receive low scores. This workshop will provide you the opportunity to learn about discourse mapping and get “hands-up” practice to build muscle memory. This will set you up to navigate future interpreting interactions by using discourse mapping to make a more visual product.



David Evans:

"Becoming a Holistic Practitioner- Firing the Negative Committee"

In our daily practice, we routinely give ourselves negative messages about our work and (more importantly) about ourselves. Often referred to as the Negative Committee, this detrimental self-talk impacts us in multiple ways: physiologically, elevating our sympathetic nervous system response, putting us into a fight-flight–freeze response; mentally because we can’t think clearly when cortisol (a stress hormone) is being released in our system; and spiritually because we feel unworthy as people. Unsurprisingly, these negative messages prevent us from working as effectively as we otherwise might be able to do. There is good news: with relatively little effort we can replace the negative, self-defeating messages with affirming ones to positively affect our bodies, minds, and spirits! In this session, we will start by recording a baseline of our physiological responses to perceived stressful situations. Then, positive self-talk strategies will be presented along with guidelines so you can create your own effective statements. Finally, we will apply positive self-talk statements and practice interpreting an ASL text, recording and noting the difference in our internal and external responses.


"Interpreting Educational Numbers: Percent, Place, Position- Math and Science Numbers"

How do you correctly interpret the following in ASL: “Look at page 3 and do the three problems there. The third problem coverts 3% to the decimal 0.03.” Those two statements contain five different categories of numbers in ASL! Can you interpret it into ASL accurately? English is relatively straightforward with only two types of numbers; ASL has more than two dozen different categories including order, quantifiers, and nominals. While many systems are familiar, interpreters can struggle with knowing which system to use when interpreting. This is especially true with some of the more unique systems. Interpreting numbers incorrectly can make an interpreted message difficult for Deaf students to understand. Participants will learn to recognize different types of numbers and interpret educationally-related numbering systems in ASL.


Haley Eyster and Jennifer Francisco:

"Common Misconceptions"

This webinar gives you a look at how we can expand our interpreting skills in a way that is more conceptually accurate. Participants will review and discuss common misconceptions in ASL and how to properly incorporate these concepts or voice them appropriately when interpreting.


Aaron Izzo: 

"Giving the Time to Interpreting"

This workshop is focused on developing an educational interpreter's understanding and usage of consecutive interpreting when working in the K-12 setting.  We will be taking a deeper understanding of the interpreting process, growing our own knowledge of the concepts supporting consecutive interpreting, the control dynamics an interpreter has within a situation, and what proper implementation looks like.

"Mentoring, Growing Ourselves and the Next Generation"

The workshop is designed for certified educational interpreters. As we work as a certified interpreter and in this profession one critical function is to grow and model for interpreters that have yet to earn certification. Mentorship is critical in continuing our field, supporting students, and growing as professional. In this workshop we will identify what it means to be a mentor, reflect on our own personal and professional growth in becoming certified, and strategies to support the mentoring process.


Molly O'Hara: 

"ASL Fingerwording"

Traditionally, fingerspelling is about each English letter, one by one.  The primary purpose of this training is to feel the manual syllable and to see the manual phonics that visual-language eyes see. Fingerwording introduces new concepts that have nothing to do with lexicalization. (Lexicalization refers to the process whereby a written word becomes its own sign).


"Tenses in ASL"

This session teaches which changes in handshape, non-manual signals, and movement indicate changes in verb tense (ASL). The past and present tenses are covered first before moving on to future and present tenses. The proper uses of FINISH, NOW, and WILL are explored.


Dr. Sabrina Smith:

"Eye Gaze and Role Shift and Space... Oh My!"

How many times have our diagnostic results come back from testing only to see things like “use of space would have enhanced the product”? This workshop has a specific focus on eye gaze, role shift, and use of space in ASL. Many times, when an interpreter is working into ASL, they struggle with showing the relationship between people and objects in the setting. This workshop will allow hands on activities for the participants to practice using those skills. The workshop starts out with a discussion of the importance of these skills, then leads into basic sentence samples which allow the participants to manage the work in smaller chunks. As the day progresses, the activities will become longer and focus on the whole product.


"What Did I Just Sign?? Analyzing Your Own ASL Product"

This workshop deals with understanding your own ASL product and how to identify areas that need improvement. The workshop will allow interpreters to understand expressive interpreting with a focus on affect and accuracy in the interpretation process. The goal is to increase the participant’s expressive skills by allowing them to understand what to look for when analyzing their products. It will also help participants to understand the meaning behind some of the terminology used when raters send diagnostic feedback on interpreting tests.