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If you've answered yes to any of these questions, then the PACE Mentoring Program is for you!!!
The PACE program (Performance Assessment for Career Enhancement) is a comprehensive and holistic approach to professional development including preparation for written interpreting tests, diagnostic assessments (Dx) and/or distance mentoring. The program is structured to meet your unique and specific needs. It can be as basic or entailed as you would like. There are two main options available.
First, a diagnostic assessment (Dx) in isolation is available for those who would like to obtain in-depth feedback with respect to interpreting skills in preparation to obtain or upgrade certification. This Dx can be a one-time report which will include recommended activities to assist in closing skill gaps. You can also opt to obtain an initial Dx at the beginning of your work toward certification and a follow-up to ascertain progress toward your skill goals. Ideally, and if time permits, three Dx reports would be developed: the first one prior to your beginning your work to give you guidance in working toward skill gaps. A second, interim report, to ensure your work is effective and closing the gaps identified. And a third and final Dx to ascertain readiness for the certification process and successful completion of the targeted skill gaps.
A second option can be to establish a mentoring program for you that is unique and individual meeting your needs in terms of time, availability, and a number of other factors. The mentoring program would include exchanging of samples of your work followed by periodic discussions, development of activities, and follow-up on activity work. It can be conducted via a number of formats including good ole US mail, e-mail, instant message chat, listserv, telephone, and even webcam if you have the capability. If you have this capability, Signs has a number of Deaf language mentors available to chat with you and provide ASL language exposure and feedback on a regular basis.
Ideally, a well-rounded professional development plan would include both options: a Dx followed by structured mentoring. For this “combo” method, a Dx work-up would be done followed by a structured mentorship to include a 2nd or even 3rd Dx depending on the options selected. In this manner, you can be assured of a well-rounded approach to professional development.
For the combined program, you will receive a CD Rom WWWorkshop equivalent to 3 hours for every month of work in the combined program (above). This means that with a 3 month program, for example, you will receive 9 hours worth of WWWorkshops (worth $100) which can be used to facilitate your work AND for CEUs at a later time - just an additional bonus!!! As you identify skill gaps to work on, you can select from an array of CD WWWorkshops to complement your work and to assist you in closing those skill gaps!
The program is designed to flexibly meet your needs. It really all depends on your own interests, goals, and personal situation. How much do you already pay for your CEUs and professional development? How much is your professional development worth? This method TARGETS your professional development work compared to attending a variety of workshops that may or may not target your skill gaps.
ASL Language Mentoring by a trained Deaf language mentor can provide you with the feedback you need on your production and understanding of ASL. Language mentoring can be conducted via exchange of videotapes or by live Webchats (for those who have high speed connection and the capability.) It's simple, painless, and FUN. You videotape yourself signing a story that is unrehearsed and send it to your Deaf Language Mentor. He or She will videotape the feedback to you as well as provide you with a model of the story you have told to help elucidate the feedback. In this way, you are getting individualized and trained language feedback to assist you in developing language skills that will benefit your interpreting work and pass necessary credentialing processes.
Signs also works with a number of educational institutions and accepts purchase orders for their employees. In many cases, school districts are willing to support the professional development work of the interpreters they employ. For this cost, you will also receive CEUs for your activity work upon request and it’s tax deductible!!!
If you are interested in Signs' PACE Mentorship program or any other of Signs' products or services, please write to us or email us at email@example.com. Best of luck in all of your future professional development endeavors!!!
In order to facilitate your mentorship program, you’ll need to develop a video (*see note on format of video samples) to start the work with your mentor. Portfolio segments should be developed for each of the skills you want assessed. There are several categories of skill development in which you may want to focus, including non-skills based work:
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Mail registration and tapes to:
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