Alaska Registry of Interpreters 
              for the Deaf

Alaska Educational Interpreters Conference 2018

  • 12 Jan 2018
  • 4:00 PM
  • 15 Jan 2018
  • 5:30 PM
  • Birchwood Camp
Alaska Educational Interpreters Conference
sponsored by

Alaska Department of Education (DEED) and
Alaska State School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (AKSD)
This conference is open to Interpreters, Teachers, ParaProfessionals and Parents who work with or have children who are deaf.

Registration is free.  Please contact Tracy Pifer to register at 

Friday, January 12
  • 4:00pm Check-in Starts
  • 5:30pm Dinner
  • 6:30 - 7:30pm     ASL Olympics by Laura Seitz
  • Join the kick-off to this ASL immersion weekend by playing ASL Games! Through play, participants will produce classifiers, numbers, ASL grammar, non-manual behaviors, hand-shapes and more.  Move from game to game to complete the circuit and experience the fun of ASL through collaboration and team work.
  • 7:45pm Bonfire 

Saturday, January 13

 8:30am – 12:00pm 
    • Receptive and Expressive Fingerspelling and Numbers by Byron Bridges (0.35 CEU PS)
  • Do you struggle with fingerspelling and numbers in ASL?  Number rules in ASL can be confusing. Do you know the proper way of signing fractions, heights, or a sports score?  How about weight, placement, years, or even days?  This workshop is designed to cover all aspects of ASL numbering rules.  In the same fashion, many interpreters struggle with understanding or using native ASL fingerspelling.  Techniques will be applied to help you improve both your receptive and expressive fingerspelling skills in new and creative ways.  The information you learn in this workshop can be applied to everyday conversation as well as interpreting skills. You will leave this workshop with a firm grasp of how to use of fingerspelling and numbers in ASL!
12:00pm - 1:45pm Lunch sponsored by Alaska RID
    • Alaska RID Business Meeting
    • Ann Curry Power Point discussing the AEIC and the EIPA
2:00pm - 5:00pm
The 5th Parameter: Part 1 of 2 by Byron Bridges (0.3 CEU PS)
  • Do you feel something is missing in your interpreting skills? Chances are it’s the 5thparameter in ASL.  Do you know where to find adjectives or adverbs in ASL?  How about expressing intonation in ASL?  This workshop will help you better understand ASL and apply it to the English language.  Upon completion of this workshop you will start seeing things in the paralinguistic features like never before.  This is a must for those who work with Deaf children or Deaf adults who utilize ASL.
7:00pm - 8:30pm: Yoga: Balance for Work and Life by Bronson Frye 
  • The researchers found that yoga outperformed aerobic exercise at improving balance, flexibility, strength, daily energy level, and social and occupation functioning, among other health parameters. Yoga does more than calm you down and make you flexible.  This training will add another tool to the interpreters tool box for self care and staying balanced and healthy.

Sunday, January 14

9:00am - 12:00
The 5th Parameter Part 2 by Byron Bridges (0.3 CEU PS)
  • This is a continuation of the 5th Parameter Part 1 (see above).  You must attend Part 1 to earn CEUs for Part 2.
12:00 - 1:45pm Lunch 

Alaska Educational Gurus: Meet Your ASL Specialist, School Counselor, School Psychologist and GAP Manager  (0.15 CEU PS)
  • This informative session will benefit everyone who works with students who are deaf in Alaska.  Specialists in their field will discuss the work they do and how interpreters play an integral part in the process.  Participants will be exposed to resources available in Alaska that enhance a student’s education and will support interpreter skill development.  Come learn what ASL Pals, GAP, Biz Town and the STEP Center mean.
2:00 - 5:00pm

Complex Classifiers by Byron Bridges (0.3 CEU PS)
  • This workshop will cover information on how to use complex Classifiers. This is designed to give interpreters, teachers and other folks who work with Deaf people a better understanding of how complex signing space works. We will be covering information on giving directions using classifiers. This is designed to give interpreters, teachers and ASL Language learners on a better understanding of how the signing space works when trying to give directions or discussing complex topics to another person using ASL.

5:00 - 5:30pm Closing Remarks

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