Mission / Vision
The Boys Town National Research Hospital Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment (EIPA) Center extends a warm welcome to sign language interpreters whose passion is to provide excellent services in educational settings for students who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Established in 1999, the EIPA mission is to develop educational interpreters’ sign language skills so that students who are deaf and hard of hearing can receive the highest level of access to the intellectual, academic, and social aspects of educational experiences.
The EIPA Center takes seriously its mission of developing quality interpreters by creating and offering:
- Evidence-Based Assessments
- Mentorship Opportunities.
The EIPA Center understands that developing the skills of an interpreter takes intensive commitment and is a lifetime pursuit of excellence. We are committed to partnering with individuals wherever they are on their career development path by providing assessment and training opportunities that are aligned with individuals’ aspirations and goals. Click here for more information about the training workshops and mentorship opportunities.
Individuals in educational interpreting come from many different paths, have specific talents and possess unique goals for their personal development. Throughout years of working with educational interpreters, the EIPA Center has learned from and been inspired by those on the path of developing career excellence. We are delighted to share their inspirational stories and hope their stories will support interpreters’ career development journeys nationally.
EIPA’s Classroom Interpreting website is here for you. And you are here for a reason. Let’s join together and make our reasons for promoting the field of educational interpreting unified. We are here to support educational interpreter’s ability to provide the highest level of intellectual, academic and social access to educational experiences for students who are deaf and hard of hearing.
EIPA offers two comprehensive tests to assess the skills and knowledge of educational interpreters. EIPA also has developed a screening tool for school systems to obtain general feedback about an interpreter's skill during the hiring process.
The Pre-Hire screening is a tool that can be used to help administrators make decisions regarding the hiring of school-based sign language interpreters.
The EIPA Written Test evaluates the interpreter’s understanding of information that is critical to performing with students in an education setting.
The EIPA Performance Test evaluates the ability to expressively interpret classroom content and discourse and the ability to receptively interpret student sign language.