Welcome to the website dedicated to educational interpreters and those school districts that provide these services to students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing in Kentucky classrooms.
It is a goal of KDE to assist both schools and interpreters in providing the highest quality communication to students in the Commonwealth. The following pages include several critical documents that provide information pertinent to these service providers and the districts that employ them in order to meet the goals of students’ Individual Educational Plans (IEPs). Click on the links below to access these additional resources.
KDE Educational Interpreter Guidelines
Recent issue of the Newsletter for Educational Interpreters
How to Get Started Interpreting
The KDE Educational Interpreter Guidelines document is a product of KDE’s Office of Special Instructional Services that is a resource to local school districts. Its purpose is to explain both the administrative processes and classroom recommendations for working with interpreters. Those who currently employ interpreters as well as those who are in need of these service providers will find the necessary information in a user-friendly question and answer format. If you have additional questions, please contact KDE’s Interpreter Consultant.
In order to become an interpreter there are several steps one must take to become licensed per Kentucky statute and therefore be able to practice in all settings, including classrooms, within the state. How to Get Started Interpreting, serves to guide these people in moving through the process of meeting the requirements necessary to becoming qualified.
The Newsletter for Educational Interpreters is distributed to educational interpreters and stakeholder agencies whose mission is to increase the number of qualified interpreters to meet the needs of clients, both students and adults, in Kentucky. It serves to keep communication and collaboration among interpreters practicing within the state and agencies in order to support these efforts that bolster student success. Here you will find the most recent issue of the newsletter that is published on a quarterly basis. The most recent issue may be downloaded below. Archived editions may be downloaded on another page by clicking on this link: The Resource Libraries for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and Interpreters has a vast number of resources that are provided by the Kentucky Department of Education’s partnering agencies for interpreters, teachers and other school staff who work with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. They are provided at no cost and available by contacting each agency. We hope that you will take advantage of the many books, videos and other materials that promote the best educational opportunities and access for student success.