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Read the committee profile and member qualifications for each committee.

  • Educational Interpreter Evaluation Testing Committee
  • Meetings and Events Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Professional Development Committee
  • QA Committee
  • 2012 - 2013 Ad hoc Committees
    • PCSD- Pre-Cert Support & Development
    • IRC-Interpreter Regulation Committee
    • Bylaws Review Committee
    • Emergency Management Interpreter (EMI) Committee


 PCSD- Pre-Cert Support & Development Committee

 

 This committee has completed it's goals and objectives. Look for a final report to be presented in the 2013 Annual Business Meeting packet.

Purpose:  To explore available opportunities and programs by which the FRID can offer, establish, and maintain training and support to pre-certified interpreters in the state of Florida in an effort to achieve national certification through NAD/RID.

This ad hoc committee is established in response to the passing of 2012 ABM motion # 2013:18 – QA/EIE cease transition. This committee will be charged with several initial goals to initiate the process with an understanding that once these goals are completed that the committee may propose to add additional goals if in alignment with the purpose of this committee.

Goals:

  1. Research the feasibility of establishing a state-wide mentorship program operated by FRID
    1. Research mentorship grant application opportunities (i.e., RID).
  2. Research viable diagnostic evaluations and possible administration of an evaluation system (understanding this is how the QA system first began and the school system adopted it as a credential).
  3. Look into other means by which the FRID could support the growth of pre-certified interpreters.
  4. Outline best practices for progressing pre-certified interpreters to certified status utilizing our interpreter training program instructors as resources.
  5. Develop an outreach agenda to connect and communicate with all stakeholders who employ pre-certified interpreters (i.e., school districts, interpreter agencies, post-secondary institutions, court houses, etc…).
  6. Develop a professional development plan template
    1. This form would be uploaded to the FRID website for members and their mentors to use to establish, document and review their development (typing directly on the form would be user friendly).

Qualifications/Committee Composition:

  • FRID member in good standing
  • Available to meet with the committee
  • A variety of experience (ITP program instructors, pre-certified interpreters, certified interpreters)

Number of Members: up to 15
Term: not defined
Committee Chair: not named
Board Liaison: not named


Interpreter Regulation Committee - website

The Interpreter Regulation committee (IRC) is taking applications from interested members.  The Committee profile and Objectives are listed below.  If you have more questions, please contact Vicky Fales or Terri Schisler.

Purpose: To promote the profession at the state and national levels through legislative actions

Objectives:

  1. Support the Joint FAD-FRID Legislative Agenda
  2. Inform the members on issues or concerns that may affect the profession
  3. Communicate with legislators and other relevant persons or entities about issues or concerns that may affect the profession

2013 Goals:

  1. Recruit and train FRID members to serve on the FRID IRC to support the goals listed below
  2. Promote the 2014 Interpreter Regulation Bill
  3. Support the 2013 FAD Bill - Deaf Children’s Educational Bill of Rights
  4. Participate in the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Day in Tallahassee, March 12, 2013 (Rally in Tally)
  5. Respond to other issues and concerns of the profession such as the FCC’s VRS rate change and Disaggregation proposal

2013 Committee Action Items

  1. Create a FRID member Phone and/or Email Tree to alert members regarding time sensitive issues that require member action.
  2. Educate members and others on current issues and concerns through emails, web postings, town hall meetings, workshops, etc.
  3. Draft “talking points” for each legislative agenda item
  4. Meetings with Legislators -
    1. Compile list of key legislators i.e. Legislative committee chairs and members, locations with high populations of deaf and/or interpreters, locations with limited or no interpreter resources
    2. Identify FRID representatives who are residents in these key legislators’ districts.
    3. Partner with FAD representatives for in-person meetings with legislators
    4. Communicate with legislators and their staff in-person or via email and phone calls.
  5. Legislative Session Activities - Committee meetings - Be prepared to attend or respond to committee discussions and questions as scheduled
  6. Session weeks - meet with key legislators, legislative committee members and their staff to promote active bills through direct or indirect communications i.e.  weekly informational handouts.

Member Qualifications

  1. Be a FRID member in good standing.
  2. Work cooperatively with other committee members, the committee chair and the Board of Directors.
  3. Have email access and respond in a timely manner as the bulk of committee work is done via email.
  4. Knowledge of the legislative process is recommended, but not required.
  5. Should be familiar with current professional issues and concerns both nationally and statewide.


Emergency Management Interpreter (EMI) Committee - website

Purpose: To explore the needs and resources in the state of Florida to have trained interpreters organized to be deployed when emergencies/disasters strike.

Objective: To develop the profile of interpreters for this task. To develop the training for those interpreters. To design the command and control structure that will assure that trained interpreters are in place during an emergency/disaster in the state of Florida.

Goals:

  1. To secure ongoing funding to support the readiness of interpreters for emergencies/disasters
  2. To establish partnerships with state and local emergency management and disaster response agencies
  3. To develop training and educational requirements for emergency management, sign language interpreters
  4. To establish a network of emergency management interpreter trainers
  5. To develop deployment strategies to integrate Sign Language Interpreter Strike Teams into the Emergency Management System prior to, during and after an emergency occurs
  6. To develop a credentialing process for qualified, emergency management, sign language interpreters
  7. To assist state and local government with the integration of sign language interpreters into local and state emergency planning and training

Qualifications/Committee Composition:

Nationally Certified interpreters with varied experience, great organizational skills, and a gift for seeing the “big picture.” EMT/firefighter trainers with an active interest in Sign Language/ the Deaf Community.

Number of Members: five to seven (majority to always be comprised of interpreters)
Terms: 1 year at a time


Educational Interpreter Evaluation (EIE) Testing Committee - website

Purpose: To assist FRID in the administration of the Educational Interpreter Evaluation (EIE) Program.

Objectives:

  1. To provide educational interpreters and districts with a state-wide evaluation instrument related to the skills and competencies of interpreters in the PreK-12 educational setting.
  2. To develop procedures and policies related to the EIE and maintain the integrity of the test while updating materials as needed.

Goals:

  1. Coordinate regular evaluations according to established procedures and practices.
  2. Communicate test dates, information, requirements, policies, and results to members in a timely and effective manner.
  3. Develop, recommend, and maintain the security of evaluation materials for the administration of the EIE.
  4. Recruit and train raters for the EIE.
  5. Develop and maintain procedures for application, testing, results, and appeals of the EIE.
  6. Publish EIE dates and locations on the web site, in the Floridan, and other venues.
  7. Maintain EIE related data.
  8. Report activities, goals, and objectives.
  9. Make recommendations for revision of the EIE portion of the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  10. Maintain the active and inactive EIE candidate files.
  11. Maintain EIE database.
  12. Work with the membership chair to update credentials and related data in the member database.

Specific Board directed charges: FY12

  1. Revise the Policies and Procedures Manual related to the EIE.
  2. Develop marketing strategies and a brochure for the EIE targeted toward educational interpreters and/or districts and ITPs.
  3. To investigate and make recommendations regarding establishment of EIE
    regional test sites and teams.

Qualifications/Committee composition:

Committee members must:

  1. Be a member in good standing.
  2. Work co-operatively with other committee members and the committee chair.
  3. Have e-mail access and respond in a timely manner as the bulk of committee work is done via e-mail.
  4. Be detail orientated and have knowledge of the EIE testing system.
  5. Possess a general understanding of educational interpreting.
  6. Must agree to confidentially in matters of committee business.
  7. Must sign a confidentiality agreement regarding evaluation materials and confidential data.
  8. Should have knowledge of audio visual equipment.
  9. Anyone handling evaluation materials must be Certified and precluded from taking the EIE for a period of 5 years after their committee service.

Number of members: Four (4) including the Chairperson
Terms: Three years with initial appointments being staggered as 1, 2, and 3 year terms


Meetings and Events Committee
Board Approved 5/14/2011

Purpose: To coordinate planning and implementation of statewide and regional FRID activities.

Objective:
To promote the goals of the organization and the advancement of the profession through opportunities for -

  1. Knowledge and skills development of interpreters
  2. Professional networking
  3. Public education and awareness

Goals:

  1. Work collaboratively with the FRID Regional Representatives in the planning of events in their area; at least one event in each region annually.
  2. Develop an annual events proposal to include a schedule of events, planning timeline and budget to be submitted by May 1 to the Board for approval.
  3. To work in collaboration with the Professional Development committee and Treasurer/Finance committee.
  4. Provide annual reports to the members and bimonthly reports to the Board on the progress of all activities.
  5. Develop and maintain FRID event planning policies and procedures and submit to the board for approval.
  6. Consider the geographic and demographic make-up of the membership during planning.

Specific board directed charge: FY 2011-12

  1. Assist with planning of 2011 Annual Business Meeting (ABM)
  2. Assist with logistics for any board initiated events
  3. Begin planning for 2012 Biennial Conference and ABM
  4. Assist with face to face board meeting logistics

Qualifications/Committee composition:
Energetic and committed; attention to detail; ability to coordinate multiple projects; effective communication, organizational, time management, and delegation skills; ability to develop goals and objectives, and translate into an action plan.

Number of members: Three (3) plus the Chairperson
Term: Three years with initial appointments staggered as 1, 2, and 3 year appointments


Membership Committee - website

Purpose: To recruit and retain members to the organization as well as maintain a registry and records of all members including demographic and credential information.

Objective:  Making appropriate membership data accessible to the Board, general membership and consumers.

Goals:

  1. Maintain procedures for processing membership applications.
  2. Coordinate with the transfer of information to the website database.
  3. Disseminate cost effective and timely renewal reminders to the membership.
  4. Review and recommend revisions to the membership application to include demographic and other desired information.
  5. In accordance with the bylaws, investigate and propose any adjustments to membership dues.
  6. Develop a marketing plan to disseminate the benefits of FRID membership.
  7. Continue work with the web master to maintain the membership page on website.
  8. In collaboration with designated committees, develop new member recruitment strategies.
  9. Assist in the maintenance and updating of the membership section of the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  10. Submit reports to the Board of activities.

Specific Board directed charges: FY 12

  1. Process and distribute membership cards in a timely manner.
  2. Assist the board in recruiting and retaining members.
  3. Develop and maintain a database of names and interpreter credentials of members.

Qualifications/Committee composition:

Number of Members: Six (6)
Terms: 3 years, with first year appointments staggered as 1,2, and 3 year terms


Professional Development Committee - website

Purpose:
To ensure that FRID is in compliance with and maintains good standing as an Approved Sponsor of RIDs Certified Maintenance Program (CMP), and to assist in providing ongoing professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Objective:
To function as the Sponsor Administrator for FRID (the Approved Sponsor of RIDs CMP), and to assist Region Representatives in providing professional development opportunities that support and benefit all members in their regions.

Goals:

  1. To provide support to Regional Representatives in hosting local professional development opportunities.
  2. To maintain a list of resources (presenter names, topics, timelines for CEU approval, etc.) within the state on the online communication resource.
  3. To hold a position on the Program Committee for the FRID Annual Conference.
  4. To ensure FRID is in compliance with all rules and policies of the CMP.
  5. To develop and propose revisions of the Professional Development portion of the Policies and Procedures Manual.
  6. To report on activities and progress as requested by the board.
  7. Maintain fee schedule for CEU processing as appropriate.

Qualifications/Committee Composition:
Knowledge of specific types of professional development, presenters, instructional levels, and CEU requirements preferred. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, timely follow up and reporting skills.

Number of Members: Three (3)
Terms: 3 years, with first year appointments staggered as 1,2, and 3 year terms


Quality Assurance Screening (QA) Committee - website

Purpose: To assist FRID in the administration of the Quality Assurance Screening (QA) Program.

Objectives:

  1. To provide pre-certified interpreters and consumers with a state-wide screening instrument related to the skills and competencies of apprentice interpreters.
  2. To develop procedures and policies related to the QA and maintain the integrity of the test while updating materials as needed.

Goals:

  1. Coordinate QA testing according to established procedures and practices.
  2. Communicate test dates, information, requirements, policies, and results to members in a timely and effective manner.
  3. Develop, recommend, and maintain the security of evaluation materials for the administration of the QA.
  4. Recruit and train raters for the QA
  5. Develop and maintain procedures for application, testing, results, and appeals of the QA
  6. Publish QA dates and locations on the web site, in the Floridan, and other venues
  7. Maintain QA related data
  8. Provide information to the membership chair to disseminate QA cards in a timely manner
  9. Report activities, goals, and objectives
  10. Review and make recommendations for revision of the QA portion of the Policies and Procedures Manual for board approval.
  11. Investigate and propose policies related to the information on QA cards and the frequency of dissemination
  12. Work with the Multimedia Marketing Committee to develop marketing strategies and a brochure for the QA targeted toward pre-certified interpreters and/or ITPs.
  13. Research internet/website serversfor central and secure uploads of candidate's performance screening to allow expidited rater access, decrease the candidate's wait time for results, and decrease money spent on shipping and DVD purchases.

Specific Board directed charges for FY 11/12:

  1. Provide test dates and sites for dissemination
  2. Investigate and propose policies related to the information on QA cards and the frequency of dissemination
  3. To update the QA portion of the FRID Policies and Procedures Manual.
  4. To establish a plan for updating testing (written) and screening (tapes/DVDs) materials to keep them current and serving the needs of the membership.
  5. To review the current program of test and screening administration and recommend any changes that would increase the efficiency of the system in terms of cost effectiveness of labor and resources.
  6. To make recommendations regarding QA regional sites and teams.
  7. To conduct a cost analysis for written, and performance portions of the system, and report findings by candidate.

Number of Members: Six (6)
Terms: 3 years, with first year appointments staggered as 1,2, and 3 year terms

 

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