Welcome to Florida's Educational Interpreter Project!

Florida's Educational Interpreter Project is a state-funded initiative to improve the skills of K-12 interpreters and transliterators working with students who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf-blind. The project provides statewide professional development activities without charge to school districts or their employees. The project also offers stipends to assist with the cost of achieving higher education credentials and online skill development modules.

 

The Project is housed at the University of North Florida, with funding from the Florida Department of Education, Division of Public Schools, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services. This project is supported by federal funds from IDEA, Part B. Ms. Shannon C. Simon, M.S., CI, CT, CSC, OIC:C, is the Project Director.

Our Mission

The Florida Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services, has funded this project since 1990. Our mission is to increase the number of qualified, screened, evaluated or nationally certified sign language interpreters and oral transliterators providing services to students who are deaf, hard-of-hearing or deaf-blind in Florida's schools or who may become part of this specialized interpreter workforce in the state's K-20 education system.

Project Goals 2015 - 2016

  • Offer statewide professional development for interpreters/ transliterators working in public school settings. Four weekends will be offered on various topics. These activities will be approved for CEUs for certified and pre-certified interpreters by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf. Weekend topics will be based on needs assessments by participants in Project activities.  For more details visit our Statewide Professional Development web page.
  • Provide financial assistance to 50 qualified educational interpreters to attend Silent Weekend 2016, June 23 - 26, in Orlando, Florida.  Registration will open December 12, 2015. 
  • Provide technical assistance to districts in matters relating to interpreting personnel. For more information please contact Shannon Simon, Professional Development Coordinator, or  EIP@unf.edu.
     
  • Provide district professional development workshops or activities by request. To see what's being offered please visit our District Workshops webpage or  to make a request contact  Shannon Simon, Professional Development Coordinator, or  EIP@unf.edu.
     
  • Provide skill development educational opportunities for personnel using non-traditional delivery methods, such as teleconferencing, video, online, weekends and community based. For more information please visit the Online Modules webpage.
     
  • Provide financial assistance by way of professional development Stipends to interpreters taking college courses or courses deemed by a supervisor to be necessary for their job. For more information or to apply please visit the Tuition Stipend Application webpage.
     
  • Provide financial assistance for credential testing. The Project will provide 1/2 towards the cost for up to 15 individuals taking the NIC Performance Evaluation and up to 60 individuals taking the EIPA performance test. For more information please visit the Testing webpage.
     
  • Provide professional development for educational interpreters during the Summer Institute, offered August, 2016.

Guidelines

  1. All interpreters/transliterators working in educational settings may attend weekend professional development opportunities. Individuals may register directly with the Project via fax/mail or online. There is no charge for any activities sponsored by the Project.
     
  2. Registration forms must be received before the deadlines. Participants will be emailed information about the professional development activity and the location of the workshop.
       
  3. Interpreters, employed by a school district, attending the Summer Institute (traveling more than 50 miles one way) are eligible for a financial stipend to assist with the travel, lodging, and meals during the institute.
     
  4. Individuals are responsible for travel, meals and lodging expenses. You are encouraged to seek financial assistance from district resources. For questions and more information call: (904) 620-1386 or e-mail EIP@unf.edu.