Classroom Interpreting

Administrators - The Educational Team and the Interpreter

Along with other members of the educational team, the educational interpreter has an important role in implementing the student’s IEP. As a team member, the educational interpreter should understand the IEP goals for the student as well as the curricular goals for specific classes.

The educational interpreter should participate as a team member in all IEP meetings. He/she should work with all other members of the team, including the deaf educator, speech pathologist and parents to help provide the student with access. Communicating with other members of the educational team is essential in order to provide adequate services to the deaf or hard of hearing student.

When an educational interpreter is participating in a team meeting about a student, he/she cannot also interpret the meeting. The educational interpreter who is participating should be allowed to focus on one role and a second interpreter should be provided.