Professional development: Getting over the hump!

David Bar-Tzur

Created 1 November 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

Sisyphus pushing a stone up the mountain and it rolling down again


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people helping each other up the ladder

Mentoring1

Mentoring helps not only the protégé (people are always searching for the right word for the person who is being mentored) but the mentor, too. I have mentored dozens of people and I always find it a rewarding experience, not only because I will go to "interpreter heaven", but because explaining the interpreting process, ethical decision making, professionalism, and business practices, solidifies my thinking on these issues. Below are some links that might be helpful. If you know of others or if you or your organization are available to be or find a mentor for someone, please email me your website at dbartzur@earthlink.net, and I will include it below.

Mentoring relationship for interpreters

Assesment/ Feedback/ Mentorship.

Fleisher, L. R. & Clark, T. S. (1995). Mentorship: A sign of the times - A guide to mentorship in the field of Sign Language interpretation. Northridge, CA: California State University.
This is a comprehensive guide to establishing and coordinating a mentorship program and for preparing mentors for the task in the areas of cognitive development, communication, learning styles, and intercultural communication.

Frasu, A. (2005). Tips for a successful mentoring relationship.

Gordon, P. & Magler, M. The mentor's companion. [Scroll down.] An insightful guide and "must have" resource tool that will help create mentorships that result in incredible and positive learning experiences for all participants.

Gorman Jamrozik, D. (2003, August/ September). Mentoring for CEUs - a win-win sittuation. VIEWS, 20, 8.

Massoud, L. (1993). Intro to interpreting - Peer evaluation lectures. Booklet & Videotape: approximately 90 minutes; voice. This includes 6 practical 15 minute video "lectures": Definition and purpose of evaluation, Personality and standards in evaluation, How to receive critique, How to give critique, Critiquing factors of ASL, and Critiquing factors of English and interpreting.

Northeastern University, Interpreter Education Project of New England.

golden marble bulletBest resources in mentoring.
golden marble bulletMaster Mentor Program curriculum.

Rosenthal, L. L. (2000, January - February) Interpreter's corner: Mentoring.

Walla, A. Mentor to mentor. Techniques for building a constructive mentorship and providing effective tools for assessment and skill development. Includes sample mentoring sessions followed by analysis.

Mentoring relationship in other professions

Consumer guides to mentoring.

The Mentoring Group.

National Mentoring Center homepage.

Responsible Conduct of Research. Mentoring.

Silen, W. (1998, Fall) In search of the complete mentor. See links at the bottom page for three more articles on mentoring: "If only I had a mentor", "Characteristics of a good mentor", and "Tormentor of the year".

What's hot - Top mentor publications.

Finding a mentor

DISTANCE LEARNING, REGIONAL, OR NATIONWIDE LISTINGS

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Distance learning, regional or nationwide listings

Accent on interpreting - Mentorships.

Performance Assessment for Career Enhancement. Signs of Development has developed a program to assist educational entities to meet their legislative mandates and assist interpreters in upgrading their skills as well as prepare for certification. This comprehensive program, PACE© - Performance Assessment for Career Enhancement, addresses the total needs of the school and seeks to motivate and prepare interpreters for certification by providing support and professional development.

Northeastern University interpreter education project of New England.

Signs of Development receives inquiries of all sorts. Many of you have contacted us asking for mentoring as well expressing concern over not having trained mentors accessible in your area. We are pleased to let you know that Signs of Development now offers VP Mentoring! Yes, you can use your videophone (or webcam) for mentoring sessions with one of Signs of Development's trained mentors. Signs has on staff trained Deaf and hearing mentors who can assist you with ASL language development, certification preparation, CDI mentoring, and much more! It's an excellent way to work with a mentor, at a distance, to improve your interpreting skills. For more information, send an email to mentor@signs-of-development.org. In In the subject line, put "Mentor wanted" and you've taken your first step towards obtaining a mentor.

If you are interested in a high quality mentor training in your area to develop mentors and mentoring relationships, join the states and organizations that have been trained by Signs of Development's Mentor Trainers to cultivate sustainable mentoring projects. Signs' 3 STEP (Striving Toward Effective Practices) Mentoring Training is a program developed by Lynne Wiesman, Master Mentor that has successfully trained Mentor Trainers in 14 states. With this, states and organizations are cultivating mentoring projects that exist long after the initial training. Contact Lynne@signs-of-development.org today if you are interested in putting together a mentoring project in your state! References available upon request!

SignInterpreters.com.

sladxteam. A group of professional interpreters who provide diagnostic reviews of interpreters in the field by analyzing a video of their work and discussing their findings with the interpreter.

Sorenson Communications Announces Sponsorship for One-to-One Interpreter Mentorship Program.

Alabama

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 4. AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN

Alaska

Mentoring services. Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 10. AK, ID, OR, WA

Arizona

AZPMP. This is an invitation-only group for discussion of issues related the the Arizona Peer Mentoring Program for ASL/English Interpreters.

azridterpmentors. This group is for Sign Language Interpreters in Arizona who are either working as mentors, involved in peer mentoring, process mediation, or using a variety of other methods to help other interpreters develop their interpreting skills, or are interested in becoming mentors. This group is to build a list of resources and discuss the various mentoring techniques available in a non-threatening, inclusive environment. I hope that this list will also be a place to post mentee contact information to match them with a mentor.

Mentoring services. Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 9. AZ, CA, HI, NV, Guam & the Trust Territories, Territories of the Pacific

Arkansas

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 6. AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

California

Mentoring services. Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

MentorshipSD. This group is a private group established for San Diego County RID Mentors to share their thoughts, strategies, and give support in their process of providing mentoring to novice ASL-English Interpreters.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 9. AZ, CA, HI, NV, Guam & the Trust Territories, Territories of the Pacific

SCRID. Mentorship. What is a mentorship? Who offers mentorship programs? How do I know what a qualified mentor is? How do I develop goals? How do I know if I have reached them? List of available mentors.

SDCRIDMentorCommittee. The SDCRID Mentorship Program was established to help foster the growth of new interpreters entering the field of professional interpreting, and to assist current interpreters as they prepare for the RID national certification test.

SDTerpMentors. This is a discussion group for American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter Mentors, primarily working in the San Diego/Southern California region. Please No advertising, No interpreter requests. Join if you provide any mentoring and have interest in discussing strategies, successes, challenges and ideas regarding the support you provide to up-and-coming or novice ASL Interpreters.

Colorado

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 8. CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY

Stained glass bulletColorado RID mentoring update. (2006, January). Views, 23, 1. 22-23.

Connecticut

Connecticut Mentorship Program.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 1. CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT

Delaware

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 3. DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV

District of Columbia

Gallaudet Interpreting Services. Visiting interpreter program. Join us as a Visiting Interpreter and experience: Individualized, intensive mentorship with accomplished interpreters; Varied interpreting assignments which challenge and foster skill development; Team interpreting; Conference level interpreting for large audiences; Interpreting for large group presentations or small group meetings. Hearing Visiting Interpreters have the opportunity to experience: Conference-level microphone and stage interpreting for large audiences; Interpreting for formal and/or technical assignments where platform interpreting or microphone voicing is required; ASL evaluation and individualized sessions on language usage with Native Deaf ASL users at the Center for ASL Literacy on campus; Interpreting student teaching practicum, where the interpreter accompanies a Deaf Education major during a student teaching assignment in a school with hearing students.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 3. DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV

Florida

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 4. AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN

Georgia

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 4. AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN

Guam

Mentoring services. Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 9. AZ, CA, HI, NV, Guam & the Trust Territories, Territories of the Pacific

Hawaii

Mentoring services. Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 9. AZ, CA, HI, NV, Guam & the Trust Territories, Territories of the Pacific

Idaho

Mentoring services. Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 10. AK, ID, OR, WA

Illinois

The purpose of the Mary Mulcrone Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program is to be a self-supporting adjunct to Chicago Hearing Society’s interpreter referral service by providing professional development for experienced freelance interpreters, Deaf interpreters and newly working interpreters. The techniques used will provide opportunities to gain knowledge, develop specific skills and acquire expertise within particular settings in the field of interpreting. The mentorship program will match interpreters seeking to broaden their skills with a peer mentor who can guide that skill development. This will be accomplished over a period of six to twelve weeks through observation, interpreting, professional research or training off-site, feedback and discussion with the peer mentor and with consumers. For more information about the mentorship program, please email AskCHS@anixter.org .

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 5. IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI

Indiana

IndMentorsNetwork. This group is designed for Mentors who are working with Sign Language interpreters in the state of Indiana. Its purpose is to provide a forum for collaboration and discussion related to issues that arise during the mentoring process. It is expected that mentors particpating in the League for the Blind, Inc. Grant Project will actively use this group. However, this is also meant to serve as a catalyst to trigger mentor collaboration throughtout the state of Indiana. All Mentors Welcome!!

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 5. IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI

Iowa

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 7. IA, KS, MO, NE

Kansas

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 7. IA, KS, MO, NE

Kentucky

EKU. Mentoring.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 4. AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN

Louisiana

For information on the Louisiana Mentoring Program, contact Ms. Kelli Clausen at kclausen@dss.state.la.us or Dr. Daniel D. Burch through http://www.signlanguageservices.com.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 6. AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

Maine

Maine Mentorship Program, Betsy Reifman, 207-729-1178, PackReif@gwi.net

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 1. CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT

Maryland

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 3. DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV

Massachusetts

MA_Ed_Interpreter_Mentoring_Program. This program is supported in part by MCDHH and DOE. Our goal is to provide educational interpreters with quality mentoring services throughout the state Massachusetts. Each mentee will be assigned two mentors, one Deaf and one hearing. Mentors will meet with their mentees individually once a month for an hour and a half to work on specific goals that the mentees have indicated on their application.

The Mentorship Program offers aspiring, novice and working interpreters opportunities to enhance their skills through mentorship and workshops, as a means of fulfilling our ultimate goal of increasing the quality and quantity of interpreting services available to the Deaf Community. Mentees, mentors and workshop participants may earn CEU/ACET credits. Visit our Programs and Workshops to find the right opportunities for you!

PMPSpring07. A group forum for discussion of members participation in the Southeast Mentorship Program for ASL Interpreters, Peer Mentoring Program.

The Interpreter Mentorship Program provides one-on-one mentoring between experienced, certified American Sign Language interpreters and novice interpreter mentees in real-life settings and works with newly graduated interpreters from Eastern Massachusetts, including Greater Boston, Northshore/Northeast, Southshore/Southeast, and Central regions of the state.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 1. CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT

Michigan

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 5. IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI

Minnesota

MN_Mentors. In response to the recent k-12 educational interpreting law, mentors are preparing to work with interpreters who are not yet certified. This list is a forum where mentors can ask questions and discuss issues which are relevant to the job of mentoring educational interpreters.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 5. IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI

Mississippi

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 4. AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN

Missouri

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 7. IA, KS, MO, NE

Montana

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 8. CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY

Nebraska

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 7. IA, KS, MO, NE

Nevada

Mentoring services. Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 9. AZ, CA, HI, NV, Guam & the Trust Territories, Territories of the Pacific

New Hampshire

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 1. CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT

New Jersey

The NJRID mentorship program.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 2. NY, NJ, PR, VI

New Mexico

New Mexico RID - Mentoring flyer.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 6. AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

New York

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 2. NY, NJ, PR, VI

North Carolina

Communication Access Partners, Inc; Kernersville.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 4. AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN

North Dakota

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 8. CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY

Ohio

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 5. IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI

Oklahoma

Accent on interpreting. Mentoring.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 6. AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

Oregon

Mentoring services. Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 10. AK, ID, OR, WA

Pennsylvania

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 3. DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV

Puerto Rico

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 2. NY, NJ, PR, VI

Rhode Island

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 1. CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT

South Carolina

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 4. AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN

South Dakota

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 8. CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY

Tennessee

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 4. AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN

Territories of the Pacific

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 9. AZ, CA, HI, NV, Guam & the Trust Territories, Territories of the Pacific

Texas

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 6. AR, LA, NM, OK, TX

TSID_FHBMP_Mentees.This group is designed for the purpose to serve the active Mentees engaged in the 6 month cycle of mentorship throught Texas Society of Interpreters for the Deaf's Fran Herrington-Borre Mentorship Program. Once completion of this 6 month cycle the participants will join the alumni of the FHBMP in the general listserve. This is a Private group open only to TSID members that are involved with the mentorship program.

Utah

educationalinterpretersutah. Our goal is to improve the quality of sign language interpreting in the educational k-12 settings. We are committed to seeing that all educational interpreters across the state of Utah receive the tools necessary to become certified. Mentoring, team interpreting opportunities, prep times, and competitive pay are high on our list of concerns.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 8. CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY

Vermont

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 1. CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT

Virgin Islands

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 2. NY, NJ, PR, VI

Virginia

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 3. DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV

Washington State

Mentoring services. Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 10. AK, ID, OR, WA

West Virginia

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 3. DE, DC, MD, PA, VA, WV

Wisconsin

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 5. IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI

Wyoming

Project TIEM.Online. Master Mentor Program, Region 8. CO, MT, ND, SD, UT, WY


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