Professional Development for K-12 Interpreters

Interpreter TrainingNMSD has various opportunities for NM interpreters working in the K-12 setting. In an overall effort to increase the quality of interpreting services provided to deaf and hard-of-hearing students in New Mexico, we are committed to working with New Mexico school districts, supporting K-12 Interpreters with their skill growth and ongoing professional development. For more information, please contact Cindy Huff at (505) 476-6400 or Lena Stavely at (505) 307-0059.


Return to your NM school district with a plan for your professional development.

WED., JULY 27, 10AM-12:30PM
SAT., JULY 30, 2PM-4:30PM
Orientation to 12-Week Receptive Fingerspelling series

Register here for Fingerspelling series

~ empower yourself to improve your receptive fingerspelling!
~ learn about how real skills growth can happen!
~ learn the syllabus for the 12-week receptive fingerspelling series!
~ enhance your ~ understanding of the resources available to you!

WED., AUG. 10, 10AM-12:30PM
SAT., AUG. 13, 2PM-4:30PM
Orientation to 12-Week Ethical Praxis Case Conferencing Series

Register here for Ethical Praxis Case Conferencing Series

~ enhance your understanding of your decision-making leverage in the K-12 setting!
~ learn an introduction to the Demand Control Schema!
~ learn the syllabus for the 12-week supervision series on ethical praxis in the K-12 setting!
~ enhance your understanding of case conferencing!

Registration deadline is July 22nd.

All sessions will be Zoom-based.


Training will be held in spoken English. To request reasonable accommodations or to ask for more details, contact Lena Stavely at [email protected]


Virtual K-12 Interpreter Intensive

The Virtual K-12 Interpreter Intensive is a three-day program, designed for provisionally licensed interpreters working in K-12 settings in New Mexico. Participants will engage in insightful activities, live discussions, and role formation exercises within a safe community of practice, in an online, distance learning format. This Educational Interpreting program is offered for 0.8 CEUs at the Intermediate Content Knowledge Level. 

Mentorship Flyer and Application
Check back for CECT Interpreting Mentorship Flyer & Application Form. 

are developed based on the needs of a student, interpreter, school, or district. Professional development will be customized to address interpreting skills and theory specific to working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students in their educational settings. Participants engage and apply learning through hands-on activities. This service is developed and provided at the district’s request.

Short-term residencies are offered on NMSD’s main campus in Santa Fe for 2-3 days. Work alongside, observe, and receive direct mentoring from the NMSD interpreting team! Take advantage of an immersion opportunity by being exposed to various signing styles through interactions with staff and students while also gaining hands-on interpreting experience.  Housing on campus may be provided if available at the time of residency. This opportunity can be requested by the interpreter and district.

Formal mentorships lasting seven months are available to graduates of Interpreter Training Programs, who hold Provisional Licensure, and who currently work asK-12 interpreters in the state of NM.  Selected interpreters will be assigned two mentors from the NMSD interpreting team. The mentorship includes customized and ongoing support, virtual meetings twice a month, skill assessments, onsite observations, structured skill development activities, and face-to-face mentoring.

For more information about professional development offerings for K-12 Interpreters, please contact the NMSD Educational Consultant who serves your school district.

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