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Experience – TIEM Archive

TIEM’s National Interpreter Education Center and the National Consortium (2005-2010)
From 2005-2010, we grew from a solely grant-funded Center to one that supported both graduate education for interpreting faculty and grant-related initiatives and projects. Our graduate education and professional development activities are described in the Resources for Educators section of our site.

Our work as the National Center allowed us to expand in many areas. Our grant-funded responsibilities required that we 1) coordinate the activities of the Regional Interpreter Education Centers; 2) ensure the effectiveness of the educational opportunities offered by the Regional Interpreter education Centers, 3) ensure the effectiveness of the program as a whole; 4) provide technical assistance in interpreter education; and 5) provide educational opportunities for interpreter educators. We were funded primarily by the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA), Grant #H160B050002, Training of Interpreters for Individuals Who Are Deaf and Individuals Who Are Deaf-Blind.

Legacy of Project TIEM.Online (2000-2005)
The TIEM Center began as a grant-funded center — Project TIEM.Online. From 2000-2005, Project TIEM.Online successfully achieved its funded grant objectives. Most notably, two curricula, one for training mentors (Master Mentor Program) and one for educating interpreting faculty (Masters in Interpreting Pedagogy), were developed following extensive research and input from the field. Both became graduate programs in Northeastern University’s College of Professional Studies, forming the core of the ASL Graduate Program until 2011. Although both closed in 2010, they are being revised and re-invigorated in new settings for future students.

In 2005, Project TIEM.Online applied for Department of Education funding to coordinate and evaluate the activities of five other RSA-funded regional centers, to conduct National Needs Assessments, to provide technical assistance, and to provide educational opportunities for interpreter educators. Funded for five years (2005-2010), Project TIEM assumed the responsibilities of the National Interpreter Education Center.