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Saturday, April 27, 2024

Start time: 9 a.m.

End time: 4 p.m.

(Log in at 8:45 a.m.)


$75 for educational interpreters

$37.50 for interpreter training program students


Please note: This workshop has been canceled.

Effective discourse mapping in K-12 interpreting work is the foundation for a student to have access to, and engagement with, their education. When a student receiving a mediated education can follow along with the flow of information, interactions, conversations, and participate in the classroom activities, their educational experience is rich and meaningful. During this workshop, we will explore the complexities of classroom discourse, the discourse mapping process, and how an interpreter’s use of space can support advancement of this skill through the use of reflection and active learning processes.

Michigan Medicine Interpreters Services is an Approved RID Certification Maintenance Program Sponsor for continuing education activities. This workshop is offered for 0.6 RID CEUs.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) - Bureau of Community and Health Systems (BCHS) has approved MI CEU Sponsorship for this workshop for .6 Professional Studies/Educational units. Partial MI CEU Sponsorship CEUs will not be awarded for this event and participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance as documentation. This program's MI-CEU number is 731-0424-6.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Recognize the essential elements of classroom discourse.
  2. Describe discourse mapping and how use of space can positively impact how discourse is mapped.
  3. Explain how discourse mapping can be used before, during, and after interpreting to increase effectiveness.
  4. Identify a plan to address an area of discourse mapping that needs attention in their work through deliberate practice.


This workshop is for educational interpreters who have current/updated credentials and are serving students in Michigan. Interpreter training program (ITP) students in Michigan are also welcome to attend.


Jennifer Hayes is an interpreter, presenter, and consultant who lives in Wisconsin. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 2004 and began interpreting and exploring her passion for teaching and mentoring. She went on to earn her master's degree in interpreter pedagogy in 2017 from the University of North Florida. During her graduate program, Hayes assisted on a research project that was published in Advances in Educational Interpreting (2021). Over the past several years, Hayes has been dedicated to improving professional development opportunities for interpreters who work in K-12 education on both a local and national level through workshop presentations, curriculum design, and the development of a coaching program. Hayes strives to support interpreters, mentors, and educators holistically by encouraging professionals to explore strategies that also address mindset and stress response regulation to improve their overall effectiveness in their professional roles.


It is important for participants to request accessibility accommodations at least three weeks prior to the online event. Outside agencies MDE-LIO contracts with to provide accommodations cannot guarantee services if requests are made in less than three weeks.

Notice of Nondiscrimination

The Michigan Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.

Cancellation Policy

Please email [email protected] as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Please note: For events that require payment, MDE-LIO will issue refunds only for cancellations received no less than three business days prior to the event.​

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