Summer Institute: Preparing for the EIPA

This course is designed to give you the tools you need to prepare for the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment. In this workshop, you will learn skill building activities to turn yourself into the skilled interpreters you are striving to be.

Key Program Information
Categories Continuing Education Degrees, Certificates, and Courses for Contemporary Learners Education
Program Type Credit
Series WESP-DHH Credit Option Courses
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Who Should Attend

Teachers of the deaf or hard of hearing, Educational Interpreters, Educational Audiologists, Speech Language Therapists, School Psychologists, Special Education Teachers and Early Childhood Teachers.

Program Description

ED 485/695.605 Directed Studies

Taking the Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) can feel like a daunting task. This course is designed to give you the tools you need to prepare for the EIPA. In this workshop, you will learn skill building activities to turn yourself into the skilled interpreters that you are striving to be.

Key items covered include:

  • ASL to spoken English
  • Spoken English to ASL
  • Use of space
  • Figure Ground concept


In order to get the most from this class, you should bring an iPad or laptop that has three videos of yourself interpreting. Two videos should highlight interpretation from English to ASL (preferably, one video interpreting a children’s story and one video interpreting other academic content), the other video should highlight interpretation from ASL to spoken English. Each video should be about 5 minutes in length. You will be able to access YouTube videos in the workshop. Videos can be recorded at home or within the school environment but should not include any students. Name or website address of source materials should be included for citation purposes. As the workshop is interactive in nature, you will be expected to demonstrate a willingness to participate and help other participants improve their skills. Everyone has something to offer.

If you are interested in other WESP-DHH programs, find details here.


Dawn Koplitz’s passion for the Deaf community began with her Deaf parents and intensified when she became the mother of three children that are Deaf/Hard of Hearing. Dawn holds RID Certifications of NIC, CT, and Ed. K-12. She began interpreting in the Wisconsin public schools in 1992, and, since its inception, has held a DSPS license for community interpreting. She has served as one of the original evaluators of the Educational Interpreter Proficiency Assessment (EIPA), a mentor with the Educational Interpreter Mentor Project (EIMP), and as a member of the State Superintendent’s Advisory Council on Deaf/Hard of Hearing Programs. Along with mentoring interpreters, Dawn supports families of children newly identified with a hearing loss through the Wisconsin Parent Guide Program.