Group Coaching: Interpreter Educators

Upcoming Offerings

🍁 October 14-December 9 — Thursdays 5:30-7pm PT (not thanksgiving)


  • 7 weeks
  • 1.5 hours each week, 5:30-7pm PT/8:30-10pm ET
  • Tools & materials to use beyond the sessions
  • 1 individual coaching session with Amanda
  • Private Mighty Network group for connecting
  • CEUs pending

Navigating Disorientation

Do you find yourself disoriented in your work as an interpreter educator these days? It is challenging to navigate all the changes alone. That’s what this group coaching session is for – bringing like-minded interpreter educators together to explore the opportunities and process the losses of these times.

This 7-week group coaching package is designed to support the continuing journey of educating in ever-changing times. Topics will include disorientation/reorientation, values alignment, and reflective practice as educators to name a few.


Weekly, we will engage in an hour and a half of group coaching around topics listed below.

We will have check-ins, reflective freewrites and/or art, discussion around powerful questions and goal setting each week.

During the week and beyond, you can connect with your cohort-mates via the Mighty Network group.

Individual Coaching

As a part of the group coaching, you will have one individual coaching session with me that is customized and dedicated specifically to your unique needs in this time.


Participants will be able to:

  • Identify the phases of disorientation they have traveled and will travel
  • Articulate the professional values employed in their work
  • Assess values alignment in their practice
  • Develop professional development plans for addressing: Quality of education & outcome, The change process, Loss, and Opportunity


Oregon Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This Professional Studies program is approved for 1.05 CEUs at the Teaching content knowledge level.


Who qualifies as an “interpreter educator”?

What a great question. An interpreter educator is anyone who provides direction, modeling, and or instruction to fellow interpreters. I’m using this term to be quite broad in its definition.

What if I’m interested but not available on Mondays?

Brilliant question – please email me and let me know days that might be better for you. (I am planning to offer this again in the future.)

What is the language of the sessions?

It will depend upon the make up of registrants. We’ll decide as a unit what our shared language is for purposes of these sessions

What if I have other questions?

email me at, I’ll keep adding to this section for others!

Let’s Navigate this change together

In some pilot interviews of interpreters, leaders, and educators in interpreting one of the main concerns of the respondents was quality – maintaining quality experiences for consumers, for sutdents learning and developing skills, and quality experiences for themselves as instructors/leaders – being able to do what they are passionate about in meaningful ways depsite the disruption of modality.

In this 7 week group coaching, we will focus on maintaining and increasing quality experiences for ourselves, students, and consumers alike.

Being present is a challenge and yet critical to the effectiveness of our work as educators & influencers. Being present in this new world, fully changed by the global pandemic, even more so. We will discuss presence and what it means to hold space for ourselves and our students in this time and beyond.

What values underpin your practice as an interpreter educator? Do you know? Do you filter your decisions, assignments, and influences through the lens of your values? 

We will explore our individual and collective values and how they inform our practices.

We will be exploring all of these things through the lens of the phases of orientation (how things were), disorientation (how things are different than we expected), and reorientation (embracing the new normal and settling in). Though the pandemic is a significant example of this, this cycle actually plays out repeatedly in our careers. 

Tentative Schedule

  • Week 1

    Welcome & Naming Disorientation

  • Week 2

    Teaching vulnerable students in chaotic times

  • Week 3

    Aligning with our teaching philosophy

  • Week 4

    Teaching virtually & Maintaining Integrity

  • Week 5

    Embracing Reorientation: Making it practical

  • Week 6

    Quality Education

  • Week 7

    Closing out and looking forward

fine print
*Accommodation requests can be made by emailing
*ARSmith Studios, LLC promotes a learning and growing environment that is characterized by mutual respect, curiosity, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation or any legally protected status.

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