COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

SUPTS. MEMO NO. 215

October 6, 2006

INFORMATIONAL

TO:

Division Superintendents

 

FROM:

Billy K. Cannaday, Jr.

Superintendent of Public Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Educational Interpreter Qualifications and Training Opportunities

 

Educational interpreters play a valuable role in the education of many children who are deaf or hard of hearing. These children depend on the interpreter for their mastery of the material and their ability to communicate with teachers and peers. In many cases, the educational interpreter is also the childs primary language model. The Regulations Governing Special Education Programs for Children with Disabilities in Virginia include qualification requirements for personnel providing interpreting services in Virginia public schools (see Attachment A). The requirements apply to all personnel who interpret, regardless of their job title. Attachment B provides further information about interpreters.

 

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) offers funds for professional development opportunities to enable persons who provide interpreting services to receive training and mentoring to achieve the necessary skills to meet state qualification requirements. These funds are dispersed to school divisions on a regional basis. A grant coordinator in each region works with each interpreter to develop an interpreter training plan and ensures that training is aligned with the plan. Attachment D provides a list of the regional grant coordinators who may be contacted regarding training opportunities.

 

As a condition of participating in the grant, each division/state-operated program human resource director must certify that all interpreters who do not meet the qualification standards will participate in grant funded activities (assessment, training, or mentoring) as a condition of employment (Attachment E). A system should be in place to monitor their progress at the division level. This certification should be submitted to the Department of Education upon employment. Waivers for interpreters who do not meet state standards should be submitted at the beginning of each school year and as new interpreters are hired.

 

For further information about interpreter qualification requirements or to submit a waiver, contact Dr. Debbie Pfeiffer, Department of Education, Office of Special Education Instructional Services at (804) 371-4059 or Debbie.pfeiffer@doe.virginia.gov

 

 

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Attachments

 

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf215a.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf215b.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf215c.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf215d.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf215e.pdf

http://www.doe.virginia.gov/administrators/superintendents_memos/2006/inf215f.pdf