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Mentoring Services

We will establish an initial duration of the time we will work together:

     Whether, 5 months, 3 months or for a specific goal: Take the EIPA Performance Assessment or the new RID Performance or Written exams

We can work weekly or biweekly. I will work (2) hours for each client. 1 hour, one on one Mentoring Session and 1 hour,  assessment Critique Session.

Adult Students
Online Tutorial

Online Mentoring Session

I take a comprehensive and collaborative approach, with you, in creating a plan and program that that work best for your specific needs.

Adjusting to different personalities and specific interpreting needs, we will always find what works best.

Whether you need vocabulary building, processing work, message equivalence or grammar and linguistic development, we will address your needs!

Individual Critique Session

During this Session, I review, provide feedback for your growth and mastery of skills you need. Video, text and audio feedback will be provided.  Ranging for linguistic, processing to message accuracy.

Next, I will develop tailored strategies to guide and support you in the growth you need.

 With the dedication we both put in, you will see the results for your success!


1. Classifiers: More Than a Hand Shape


Workshop/Course Description:  This workshop will discuss an often over looked grammatical feature of ASL, classifiers. The workshop will focus on the linguistic description of classifiers in a morphological approach. Next an explanation of how to integrate classifiers in our ASL output.  Finally, after video and audio practice has been used, practice of classifiers will begin.  Centers/stations will be utilized for application of learning and practice of concepts of classifiers in production. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the how to incorporate classifiers in there language use and interpretation.


Educational Objectives: 

Participants will:

  • Learn to identify classifiers in ASL narratives and provide an appropriate translation.

  • Learn to produce classifiers to enhance their language performance.

  • Practice individually, in small groups and at centers/stations.

  • Demonstrate understanding by creating short narratives


Times: This is normally an 8- or 6-hour workshop. It can be condensed into a 4-hour workshop. 


The workshop can be conducted in English and ASL


2. A Sh!t L*ad of Uses


Workshop/Course Description:  This workshop will discuss how to navigate through interpretations when the use of profanity occurs. As well as, the workshops will discuss how to make register choices when voicing for Deaf consumers. The ethics of profanity and how it impacts us and out interpretation will be looked into. After learning and discussing vocabulary, audio and video practice will be used to apply participants understanding and provide practice. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the ethics of cussing and its impact on interpreting and how to manage a message with profanity.


Educational Objectives: 

  • Attendees will learn how to translate a message, with profane words, from ASL-Eng and Eng- ASL

  • Practice signing and voicing example sentences and source text

  • Role play, demonstrating comprehension of techniques


Times: This is normally an 8- or 6-hour workshop. It can be condensed into a 4-hour workshop. 

            Additionally, It can be adjusted to an Educational Interpreter workshop “Health, Sex and the Hard Stuff” 


The workshop can be conducted in English and ASL



3. I Demand Some Control 


Workshop/Course Description:  This workshop will discuss The Demand/Control Schema and how it applies to the role of an interpreter. The Schema will guide participants in critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making. Examples will be analyzed that can apply in any given interpreting situation. Scenarios and setting analysis will be taught and practice will be provided to apply, so mastery can be gained in the use of the schema. Attendees will walk away with the knowledge to apply the schema in a variety of settings.  


Educational Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn how to analyze an interpreting setting following Demand/Control Schema

  • Attendees will state, the 4 demands and 3 controls of given scenarios 

  • Attendees, while in groups, will demonstrate comprehension of techniques through group and one on one interaction.


The workshop can be conducted in English and ASL



4. Kick Start Your Professional Development


Workshop/Course Description: This workshop with discuss RID’s independent study program for earning CEU’s, creative ways to do independent study and will start you in the process of earning up to 2.0 CEU’s. We will also focus on self analysis/assessment of your own work 


Educational Objectives:

  • Understand RID’s purpose and process of earning CEU’s

  • Practice writing professional goals and strategies      

  • Develop a plan, demonstrating comprehension of techniqueCreate an English to ASL interpretation to take home for analysis to begin independent study



The workshop can be conducted in English and ASL





5. Road Blocks to Literacy


Workshop/Course Description: This training is designed to provide insight into the pitfalls inherent in mainstream education for Deaf and hard of hearing students. All members of the IEP team are strongly encouraged to come discover how to bridge these educational gaps.


Educational Objectives: 

  • Interpreters will have a deeper understanding of how fingerspelling unknown terms, is not a method of providing access to the source word.

  • Interpreters will understand the difference between BICS and CALP.

  • Interpreters will analyze academic content from an understanding of their students missing understanding.

  • Interpreters will be given 10 tips to implement in their work.

  • Interpreters will be seated randomly in groups. They will benefit and learn from interpreters outside of their immediate working environment.

6. Expanding Expansion: Delving into ASL Expansion Techniques


Workshop/Course Description: During this presentation, ASL Expansion Techniques will be discussed and utilized in practice. All of the seven techniques will be unpacked and applied to participants language and interpreting.


Educational Objectives: 

  • Attendees will be able to recognize the seven (7) techniques when seen in video samples

  • Attendees will be able to, from the provided English texts for each of the (7) techniques, complete the translations, at the end of each section, conveying equivalent meaning, using the appropriate ASL Expansion Techniques. 

  • Attendees will be able to, from (1) English source audio text and 3 other partner activities, incorporate the ASL Expansion Techniques into their interpretations and signing, using their own feedback and partner feedback. 

  • Attendees will be able to discuss (once) after each of their interpretation or activity, the use of these techniques and the ramifications of what they have learned and how it improved their interpretation and language use. 


The workshop can be conducted in English and ASL


This workshop needs to be done in English, with interpreters provided. 



7. The Business of Community Based Interpreting: Ethical Business Practices


Workshop/Course Description: This workshop will discuss the Ins and Outs for young interpreter so establish, maintain and operate a business. The market, ethics, practices and responsibilities of newer interpreters will be explained with resources provided. Practice will be given for participants to formulate ways to explain to hearing clients the nature of our work. Participants will away with knowledge of how to file taxes, precure a CPA and the details they need to maintain for their Practice.


Educational Objectives: 

  • Attendees will learn about the operational need of a business

  • Attendees will practice signing and voicing example scripts needed for business and cultural mediation

  • Role play, demonstrating comprehension of techniques and resources

  • Attendees will learn about the tax preparation needed for filing Federal and State taxes

  • Attendees will learn about choices of establishing a business



8. Mastering the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment


Workshop/Course Description: This workshop will guide attendees the basics of the EIPA: format of the assessment, new updates, tips and tricks on how to get do well. The workshop provides practice for receptive and expressive work. Additionally, a sample assessment results will the discussed. 


Educational Objectives: 


  • Attendees will learn about the assessment

  • Attendees will learn techniques for taking the assessment

  • Practice till happen to better prepare yourself 

  • Video and audio recourses will be provided for practice

  • Resources will be provided to design and implement practice strategies


9. Ethical Application of Demand/Control Schema: Today’s Ethics and Evaluation


Workshop/Course Description: There will be in-depth discussion of Demand/Control Schema, ethics, the RID CPC. Followed by analysis and use of learned content. Attendees will discuss in pair, small group and large group followed by opportunities for application of workshop information. During this workshop we will discuss the relevant factors that guide American Sign Language interpreters through ethical decision-making processes. The influence of personal ethics, ethical standards and other frameworks will be discussed.


Attendees will:

  • Review and discuss and analysis Demand/Control Schema

  • Review and discuss and analysis Ethics and The RID CPC

  • Use DC-S as a framework to approach ethical situations

  • Interact, collaborate and engage others in application of DC-S to ethical decision making


The workshop can be conducted in ASL


10. A New Look at Mentoring


Workshop/Course Description: Discussion of Mentoring techniques and Lev Vygotski’s approach to scaffolding. 


Educational Objectives: 

Attendees will:

  • Apply Lev Vygotski’s philosophy of mentoring in simulated situations

  • Practice questioning/scaffolding techniques

  • Understand the concept of Zone of Proximal Development

  • Role play, demonstrating comprehension of techniques

11. Processing Time: Developing the Interpreter Muscle


Workshop/Course Description: 

This workshop will discuss an interpreter’s mental processing skills. The ability to process information is the foundation of our work. Metacognition is the means by whichinterpreters take in and handle information. Based on the book, Processing Time: Developing the Interpreter Muscle: we will dig into the foundation of our mental work, we will delved into analysis, practice and understanding of processing.


Educational Objectives 

• Attendees will discuss and analyze processing time

• Attendees will learn about metacognition and its importance to interpreting

• Attendees will discuss issues that slow down our processing 

• Attendees will go through practice exercises that will aid their processing

• Attendees will leave the workshop will assignment and resources to continue developing their skills

12. EIPA: Mastering the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment. Workshop (3)

Shive Solutions LLC (Individual one-on-one workshops (12) times. 2019-2022)


Educational Objectives:

  • Attendees will learn the nature and format of the Assessment. 

  • Generation 3 will be discussed, along with the new enhancements.

  • The required decisions for the Assessment will be discussed and attendees will have a change to discuss and modify their decision and have feedback.

  • Explanation of the Warm-Up period will be reviewed.

  • Warm-Up practice materials and strategies are provided and explained.

  • Sample classrooms and ASL source materials will be viewed, practiced and discussed. 

  • An actual results Assessment will be viewed and discussed. 

  • Terminology for the Assessment will be reviewed.

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