As of October 1, 2016, the Regional Interpreter Education Center at Northeastern University (NURIEC) no longer provides support to this site because our funding has ended.

Interpreter Education Program Partnership

The Regional Center fosters effective practices in administration and teaching in interpreting education and Deaf studies programs. We host an annual training of administrators to promote communication, cooperation, and exchange of practices and resources among the programs in the region.


A private listserv is available for discussions on topics of special interest to administrators in the region.

We serve as link to National Consortium information and activities.

Our Regional Resources pages offer lists of both Interpreting Education Programs and ASL/Deaf Studies Programs in the NURIEC region.

2016 Annual Program Administrators Training



The sixth and final Program Administrators Training was held September 15-16, 2016 in Ashland, MA. This training, lead by Octavian Robinson (College of the Holy Cross) and Hilary Mayhew (Gallaudet University Regional Interpreter Education Center), explored the place of social justice in the teaching of Deaf Studies, ASL, and interpreting. The two-day event considered the following questions: What is social justice? Why should we teach through the framework of social justice? How do we include social justice in our teaching? What can we learn from each other and from promising practices in fields with a long history of teaching social justice? Participants learned about the benefits of incorporating social justice in academic programs and explored strategies for creating healthy learning communities, even around difficult topics.

View the PowerPoint presentation from the training: The Place of Social Justice in ASL, Deaf Studies, and Interpreter Education

2015 Annual Program Administrators Training



Representatives from ASL, Deaf Studies, and Interpreter Education Programs from around the region came together in Ashland, MA, September 10-11, 2015. Co-facilitated by John Pirone (College of the Holy Cross) and Dennis Cokely (Northeastern University), discussion centered on what people often refer to as the “readiness to work gap.” Participants addressed the following: What are students from ASL/Deaf Studies Programs and Interpreter Education Programs ready to do when they graduate? What are the safest settings recent graduates can work in with the most layers of redundancy? Should national certification be a requirement for all interpreters in all settings? How can new graduates get a start? Is there a more nuanced approach that we can define and promote? What are the possibilities and options for ASL/Deaf Studies graduates? What are the steps we can take to make the journey from student to professional smoother for our graduates? While this was just a beginning, participants found that they and their students face many of the same challenges.

Leonardo Alvarez also shared the exciting news that LaGuardia Community College is making plans to offer a new certificate program on Interpreting in Spanish-Influenced Settings. For more information on the NCIEC’s work on ASL/Spanish/English interpreting, please visit

2014 Annual Program Administrators Training


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A lively, interactive session, this training focused on classroom infusion modules that built upon the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC) effective practices work. Trudy Schafer, former National Interpreter Education Center Project Coordinator, provided information on the following modules:

Participants then developed and shared their own specific lesson plans utilizing the classroom modules.

The training was held September 18-19, 2014.

2013 Annual Program Administrators Training


The 2013 Program Administrators Training was held on September 26-27. It opened on Thursday with information on the Mentoring Toolkit and an introduction to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Interview. Participants then learned about the ACTFL Mock Interviews and this discussion continued on the second day.

2012 Annual Program Administrators Training



On September 28 – 29, 2012, representatives from interpreting education and ASL and Deaf studies programs across the region attended an NURIEC sponsored training. On the first day, Jane Hecker-Cain, Director of the IEP at Suffolk County Community College, presented Strategies for Infusing Deaf–Blind Interpreting into Your IEP’s Curriculum. Participants received resources for immediate classroom application.

View the Power Point presentation from the training:  Strategies for Infusing DeafBlind Interpreting into Your IEP’s Curriculum

On the second day of the training, Cathy Cogen and Lillian Garcia Peterkin of the National Interpreter Education Center hosted a lively, interactive World Café on Fostering Student Engagement with Deaf and Deaf-Blind Communities.

2011 Annual Program Administrators Training

The 2011 Program Administrator Training was held on September 15-16. Day one of the training focused on the infusion of healthcare domains and competencies into curricula.

Richard Laurion familiarized participants with the domains and competencies identified in the last grant cycle, introduced strategies for infusion into current curricula, and offered a wide variety of resources including CDs, DVDs, websites, and modules.

View the Power Point presentation from the training:  Healthcare Interpreting: Domains and Competencies

On day two of the training, Cindy Sanders, Pax McCarthy, and Brenda Schertz presented on the ASL Outcomes Pilot Project, a six-institution collaborative project, to develop standardized assessment of first year ASL student outcomes. The goals of this project are to identify patterns over time in student language use that might be a result of teaching practices and to find areas for potential program improvement.

View the Power Point presentation from the training:  ASL Outcomes