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Title: NEW MEXICO MENTORING: Realizing the Potential of New Mexico Sign Language Interpreters


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 program
  • Designed with rural interpreters in mind
  • Pair trained mentors with working interpreters
  • Improve mentees professional knowledge and
    skills

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

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

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

6
Benefits to Mentors
  • Payment of 1,000 per mentee
  • Professional and personal growth
  • Networking with mentor team
  • Support and foster the growth of NM interpreters
  • Structured 16-week curriculum
  • Curriculum books, videos, and DVDs
  • Program director to provide support
  • Web-based discussion forums
  • Training and orientation for the program
  • Distance technology
  • Earn CEUs

7
NMM Process
  • Recruiting
  • Application
  • Selection
  • Mentor Training
  • Orientation
  • Online support
  • Wrap-up

8
Recruiting
  • Email
  • Presentations
  • NMSD Outreach Coordinators
  • Personal Contacts
  • Future
  • DVD
  • Posters

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

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

11
Application
  • Applicant Information Form
  • Essay
  • Two Recommendation Forms
  • One Professional and One Personal
  • Résumé
  • Mentees Application videotape
  • Sign to Voice and Voice to Sign Sample

12
Selection
  • Selection Committee
  • Sub-committee of NMM Advisory Board
  • Review all applications
  • Pair
  • Mentor
  • Mentee
  • Curriculum

13
Mentor Training
  • All day Saturday in Albuquerque
  • Mentoring Philosophy
  • NMM Process
  • Detailed curriculum training

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

15
Online Support
  • Yahoo Groups weekly check-in
  • Mentors
  • Mentees
  • Support for each other
  • Support from NMM Director

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

17
Curricula Now available
  • ASL to English Self Analysis Skills
  • Brenda Nicodemus and
  • Bonnie-Lyn Barker
  • Preparation Skills for Interpreters
  • Susan Boinis
  • Mental Health Interpreting
  • Arlyn Anderson


ASL to English Self-Analysis Skills
MENTOR WORKBOOK
18
Curricula Coming Soon!
  • Educational Interpreting
  • George Clark
  • Fingerspelling and Numbers
  • Anita Harding and Lena Stavely
  • Medical Interpreting
  • Nancy Niggley and
  • Doug Bowen-Bailey
  • ASL Classifiers
  • TBD

19
Future Plans
  • Increase participation
  • Reach more rural interpreters
  • Expand curricula
  • Legal Interpreting
  • Video Interpreting
  • Deaf-Blind Interpreting
  • Post-Secondary Interpreting
  • Goal 20-25 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 Persons
  • New Mexico School for the Deaf
  • Application Fees

22
Next Sessions
  • Fall 2008 August 18 to December 5, 2008
  • Start recruiting April 2008
  • Applications due July 1, 2008
  • Spring 2009 January 12 to May 1, 2009
  • Start recruiting August 2008
  • Applications due November 14, 2008
  • Fall 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 87110
  • Lisa.Dignan_at_state.nm.us
  • 800.489.8536 - Toll Free
  • 505.881.8824 - V/TTY
  • 505.881.8831 - Fax
  • 505.881.1033 VP
  • www.cdhh.state.nm.us

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