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NEW MEXICO MENTORING: Realizing the Potential of New Mexico Sign Language Interpreters Lisa Dignan, M.Ed. Director, New Mexico Mentoring CASA 2008.

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1 NEW MEXICO MENTORING: Realizing the Potential of New Mexico Sign Language Interpreters Lisa Dignan, M.Ed. Director, New Mexico Mentoring CASA 2008

2 What is New Mexico Mentoring? Distance-based programDistance-based program –Designed with rural interpreters in mind Pair trained mentors with working interpretersPair trained mentors with working interpreters Improve mentee’s professional knowledge and skillsImprove mentee’s professional knowledge and skills

3 NMM Goals Enhance skillsEnhance skills Skills analysis and professional development planSkills analysis and professional development plan Trained mentors (Deaf and interpreters)Trained mentors (Deaf and interpreters) Supportive environment for recent ITP graduatesSupportive environment for recent ITP graduates Connections for isolated interpretersConnections for isolated interpreters Outlet for experienced mentorsOutlet for experienced mentors Professional development for rural interpretersProfessional development for rural interpreters Increase the number of certified interpretersIncrease the number of certified interpreters

4 History Of NMM 2004: NMRID awarded an RID Mentoring Grant2004: NMRID awarded an RID Mentoring Grant 2004/2005: Received support from NMCDHH2004/2005: Received support from NMCDHH Spring 2005: Pilot ProgramSpring 2005: Pilot Program Spring 2006: First regular sessionSpring 2006: First regular session Currently running fifth regular sessionCurrently running fifth regular session Nearly 40 mentees have participated so farNearly 40 mentees have participated so far

5 Benefits to Mentees Structured 16-week workbookStructured 16-week workbook Curriculum books, videos, and DVDsCurriculum books, videos, and DVDs One-on-one support from a trained mentorOne-on-one support from a trained mentor Networking with other professionalsNetworking with other professionals Program director to oversee processProgram director to oversee process Web-based discussion forumsWeb-based discussion forums Orientation to the programOrientation to the program Distance technologyDistance technology Certificate of Completion and CEUsCertificate of Completion and CEUs

6 Benefits to Mentors Payment of $1,000 per menteePayment of $1,000 per mentee Professional and personal growthProfessional and personal growth Networking with mentor teamNetworking with mentor team Support and foster the growth of NM interpretersSupport and foster the growth of NM interpreters Structured 16-week curriculumStructured 16-week curriculum Curriculum books, videos, and DVDsCurriculum books, videos, and DVDs Program director to provide supportProgram director to provide support Web-based discussion forumsWeb-based discussion forums Training and orientation for the programTraining and orientation for the program Distance technologyDistance technology Earn CEUsEarn CEUs

7 NMM Process RecruitingRecruiting ApplicationApplication SelectionSelection Mentor TrainingMentor Training OrientationOrientation Online supportOnline support Wrap-upWrap-up

8 Recruiting PresentationsPresentations NMSD Outreach CoordinatorsNMSD Outreach Coordinators Personal ContactsPersonal Contacts Future:Future: –DVD –Posters

9 Mentee Requirements Be a resident of New Mexico.Be a resident of New Mexico. Be a working interpreter.Be a working interpreter. Be a current member of NMRID and RID.Be a current member of NMRID and RID. Submit a completed application packet.Submit a completed application packet. Pay a $40 non-refundable application fee.Pay a $40 non-refundable application fee. If accepted, pay $100 curriculum and materials fee.If accepted, pay $100 curriculum and materials fee. Attend Orientation and Wrap-up meetings in Albuquerque.Attend Orientation and Wrap-up meetings in Albuquerque.

10 Mentor Requirements Willingness to share expertise and enthusiasm for ASL and interpreting.Willingness to share expertise and enthusiasm for ASL and interpreting. Interest in supporting a mentee through a structured 16-week curriculum.Interest in supporting a mentee through a structured 16-week curriculum. Current membership in RID (with the exception of Deaf applicants).Current membership in RID (with the exception of Deaf applicants). Attend Mentor Training, Orientation, and Wrap- up meeting in Albuquerque.Attend Mentor Training, Orientation, and Wrap- up meeting in Albuquerque.

11 Application Applicant Information FormApplicant Information Form EssayEssay Two Recommendation FormsTwo Recommendation Forms –One Professional and One Personal RésuméRésumé Mentees: Application videotapeMentees: Application videotape –Sign to Voice and Voice to Sign Sample

12 Selection Selection CommitteeSelection Committee –Sub-committee of NMM Advisory Board Review all applicationsReview all applications Pair:Pair: –Mentor –Mentee –Curriculum

13 Mentor Training All day Saturday in AlbuquerqueAll day Saturday in Albuquerque Mentoring PhilosophyMentoring Philosophy NMM ProcessNMM Process Detailed curriculum trainingDetailed curriculum training

14 Orientation All day Sunday in AlbuquerqueAll day Sunday in Albuquerque Time to get to know MentorTime to get to know Mentor NMM Processes and ExpectationsNMM Processes and Expectations Training on curriculum with MentorTraining on curriculum with Mentor

15 Online Support Yahoo Groups – weekly check-inYahoo Groups – weekly check-in –Mentors –Mentees Support for each otherSupport for each other Support from NMM DirectorSupport from NMM Director

16 Wrap-Up Celebrate Completion!Celebrate Completion! Certificates of Completion and PaychecksCertificates of Completion and Paychecks Feedback to NMMFeedback to NMM Face-to-face culmination with Mentor/MenteeFace-to-face culmination with Mentor/Mentee Workshop with NMRIDWorkshop with NMRID –CEUs –Networking with other professionals

17 Curricula – Now available ASL to English: Self Analysis SkillsASL to English: Self Analysis Skills Brenda Nicodemus and Brenda Nicodemus and Bonnie-Lyn Barker Bonnie-Lyn Barker Preparation Skills for InterpretersPreparation Skills for Interpreters Susan Boinis Susan Boinis Mental Health InterpretingMental Health Interpreting Arlyn Anderson Arlyn Anderson MENTOR WORKBOOK ASL to English: Self-Analysis Skills

18 Curricula – Coming Soon! Educational InterpretingEducational Interpreting George Clark Fingerspelling and NumbersFingerspelling and Numbers Anita Harding and Lena Stavely Medical InterpretingMedical Interpreting Nancy Niggley and Doug Bowen-Bailey ASL ClassifiersASL ClassifiersTBD

19 Future Plans Increase participationIncrease participation –Reach more rural interpreters Expand curriculaExpand curricula –Legal Interpreting –Video Interpreting –Deaf-Blind Interpreting –Post-Secondary Interpreting Goal: different topicsGoal: different topics

20 NMM Advisory Board James MacFarlane, Chair Barb Shaffer Barbara Flett Koko Chino Aimee Rivera Faith Timm Sue Petrov Amanda Retsek Brian Burns Donna Leshne

21 Funding New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing PersonsNew Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons New Mexico School for the DeafNew Mexico School for the Deaf Application FeesApplication Fees

22 Next Sessions Fall 2008 – August 18 to December 5, 2008Fall 2008 – August 18 to December 5, 2008 –Start recruiting – April 2008 –Applications due – July 1, 2008 Spring 2009 – January 12 to May 1, 2009Spring 2009 – January 12 to May 1, 2009 –Start recruiting – August 2008 –Applications due – November 14, 2008 Fall 2009 – August 17 to December 4, 2009Fall 2009 – August 17 to December 4, 2009 –Start recruiting – April 2009 –Applications due – June 29, 2009

23 Contact Information Lisa Dignan, M.Ed., CI and CT Director, New Mexico Mentoring State of New Mexico Commission for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Persons 2500 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 400 Albuquerque, NM Toll Free V/TTY Fax – VP

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