The PESB is offering grants of up to $2000 for training to be an educational interpreter for people who are Deaf, Deafblind, or hard of hearing. This opportunity is open to teachers and staff in private schools. See the Educational Interpreter Grant webpage for application details.
An educational interpreter for the Deaf, Deafblind, or hard of hearing is defined as a school employee, certificated or classified, who provides sign language translation, transliteration, and further explanation of concepts introduced by the teacher for students who are Deaf, DeafBlind, or hearing impaired.
Grant funds may be used for:
- Professional development, training, or mentoring services;
- Paid time to attend training or mentoring opportunities
- Compensation for substitutes to enable educational interpreters to access professional development, training, or mentoring services during the instructional day without interrupting service to students;
- Courses offered at institutions of higher education located in Washington and designed to improve professional skills to meet the educational needs of students who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Assessment fees for initial submission or assessment retakes to meet or exceed standards in RCW 28A.410.271(3)(a) and (b)
Grant participants must be employees or contracted staff service providers in the role of educational interpreter who is training to meet standards in RCW 28A.410.271.