The Senior Class of the Tennessee School for the Deaf request the honor of your presence at the Commencement Exercises, Thursday evening, May 21, 2015 at 7:30 pm at First Baptist Church, 510 West Main Street, Knoxville TN.


Cook out and Corn Hole tournament!

Where:  Shelter#4

$5 -  Food and drinks
$5  - Tournament entry fee


Water Day is sponsored by Chattanooga Parks and Recreation. TODB has been represented at this event for the past 5 years. Usually, over 200 people attend. There will be opportunities to ride pontoon boats, ski boats, kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, rafts, and to try adaptive water skiing if you would like.  There is always a wonderful lunch provided at no charge.  If you are interested, please contact Lana Bazemore at the address above. Hope you can join us this year!


 10:00 am - 11:00 am     Social Hour
     11:00 am - 11:45 am      Lunch
     12:00 pm - 2:00 pm      Meeting

LUNCH: Potluck - bring vegetable dishes and desserts (Meat will be furnished - probably ham)
     It is recommended that dishes that must be heated should be microwaveable

     Guest Speaker - Thom Roberts

Interpreting services will be provided for the meeting

SSPs:  Bring your own SSP!  (If you are unable to find one, call 615-491-4917, at least 1 week in advance.


Join us the night before the MTDC campout at Hatfield and McCoy Dinner and Show!

Adults: $40.00

Kids (3-11): $20

Ages 2 and younger: free

Meet by 4:00pm. Dinner starts at 5pm.

Mail money order to Jan Robinson. Contact her at or call 615-751-0027.

No refunds!


Mid Tennessee Deaf Campout 6th Annual Picnic will be on August 8th at Riverside RV Park and Resort. Lunch will start at noon. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, beans, coleslaw, potato chips, desserts, and door prizes! Adults are $10.00, Kids (6-11) are $5.00, and Kids under 6 are free.  Please RSVP to


Mid Tennessee Deaf Campout 6th Annual Picnic will be on June 6th at Cumberland Mountain State Park, Pavilion Shelter #1. Lunch will start at noon. There will be hamburgers, hot dogs, drinks, beans, coleslaw, potato chips, desserts, and door prizes! Adults are $10.00, Kids (6-11) are $5.00, and Kids under 6 are free.  Please RSVP by June 4th to


The 2015 Run for the Deaf will be held on Saturday, May 2nd at 8:00am at the Tennessee School for the Deaf in Knoxville, TN.  Find out about this year's run here. The RFTD is a part of the Spring Fling series of road races.



The Institute will begin at 2:00 pm on Monday and continue through noon Thursday.  There will be evening sessions on both Monday and Tuesday.  Participants who elect to stay in the cottages at TSD may check in on Monday between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.


Small group sessions will cover the following topics:
Sign to Voice Interpreting                               EIPA
Ethics of Educational Interpreting                   Frozen Texts
Role and Responsibilities      Interpreting Social Studies
Appropriate Tutoring for Deaf Students  Idioms
Socially Restricted Signs    Individual Feedback              
Classifiers      Deaf Culture
Interpreting for Students with Multiple Disabilities          
Large group sessions will cover:
“Brain Gym” activities for Deaf Students and Interpreters
Transition for Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students
Non-Traditional Students (Going Back to College…)
Update on Recent Proposed Interpreter Law
Deaf Students on the Autism Spectrum
Troubleshooting Hearing Aids and Cochlear Implants

Evening sessions will provide opportunities for interaction with Deaf community members, as well as an Interact performance and TRID reception. 


Transportation costs will be the responsibility of the participants.  (School systems are encouraged to reimburse the participants in accordance with State of Tennessee approved travel regulations.) 


Participants may stay in the cottages at the Tennessee School for the Deaf.  Persons will be assigned on a two-per-room basis (each room has 2 twin beds).  Each bedroom has its own private bathroom.  There will be no cost for this campus housing.  Participants are free to make other arrangements for housing; any associated costs will be the responsibility of the participant.


Continental breakfasts and snacks will be provided each day at no cost to participants.  Lunches are the responsibility of the individual.  An extended time period will be given each day to allow participants to go back to the cottage (participants may use the kitchens) or to go off-campus for lunch.  There are numerous full-service and fast food restaurants within a few miles of TSD. 

Each participant should bring his/her own linen (sheets, pillowcases, towels, blanket, etc.)  Participants will have access to washers and dryers.


Casual dress is encouraged.  Participants should bring a light jacket or sweater, since classes are held in air-conditioned rooms.

Registration and fees

Institute registration is limited due to space constraints.  The completed registration form (including registration fee of $55 for TN residents/$75 for out-of-state residents) must be postmarked no later than May 18, 2015.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see attached registration form.

A registration fee of $55.00 in-state/$75.00 out-of-state is required.  Please send a check or money order made payable to PTCA of TSD (Parent Teacher Counselor Association of the Tennessee School for the Deaf).  Completed registration forms and checks should be mailed to:

Tina Prochaska
Tennessee School for the Deaf
2725 Island Home Blvd.
Knoxville, TN 37920


Along with our informative workshops, we will have artisan exhibits from members of our local Deaf and interpreting communities available. We will be offering a box lunch from Jason’s Deli on Saturday, June 27th. You will have your choice of a premium ham or oven-roasted turkey breast sandwich with leafy lettuce and tomato, chips, pickle and a chocolate chip cookie; vegetarian options will be offered upon request. This year we are doing things a little differently; the choice is yours! For each of the three sessions, you will have two workshop options presented by our very talented and knowledgeable presenters. Here is what you can look forward to:

“Hey, I’m looking for…How to interpret those challenging automotive calls.”-Brenda Sellers
This workshop is geared primarily towards video relay service interpreters. This workshop will help you recognize some signs commonly used for automotive parts even though, per our usual, not every part has a sign. This workshop will give an overview of some common parts, their names, and where they are located. Knowing which system the part is in and its function will help you describe it better when it appears during your work. Sometimes we, as the interpreter, need a name with the sign the caller is giving us; I hope to supply you with some of these names and help you become more comfortable
interpreting these calls.


“Get Back in the Driver’s Seat - A Roadmap to Financial Success” –Anna Seale
In today’s world, finances are part of every aspect of our life, including our interpreting work. We need to have an understanding of finances in order to be successful in our personal and professional lives. In this workshop, we will discuss personal strategies for goal setting, how to create a realistic budget, how to save, how to understand credit reporting its impact on your life, and debt repayment methods.
As interpreters, many of our consumers are dealing with financial stress. We are interpreting in these situations and about this subject matter. In learning about this topic, we can render messages more
accurately and with more empathy.

“Interpreting & Intersectionality: Examining the Place of Identity in Our Work” –Folami Ford
In this workshop participants will examine the role of identity in their work through the lens of intersectionality, simultaneity, and social group identity theory. As interpreters we inhabit any number of
identities beyond that of “interpreter” and these identities can impact how we show up and interact on an assignment. Through various hands-on activities workshop attendees will have an opportunity to
explore the many facets of their identity so that they can become more mindful of how these identities can possibly exert influence on their everyday work. Such reflections will serve to make us more
thoughtful practitioners as we interpret in an increasingly multicultural and multilingual world.


“A New Generation of Slang” –Sabrina Smith
Have you ever been interpreting and heard the phrase “Wow, you be channeling the chucks!!!” or “I can’t believe he threatened to steal on her!!” We all experience hearing slang working in the
educational system, the problem is, what do we do with it? This workshop takes a look at slang that is used by the current generation of youth and addresses the issue of what does an interpreter do when
they hear these phrases. Working with younger generations means understanding their language and being able to interpret it effectively. This workshop teaches skills that help educate interpreters on
current slang and what to do when they are faced with terms they are unfamiliar with.

“Laying a Strong Foundation: Working from ASL into Spoken English” –Folami Ford
In this workshop participants will have an opportunity to review the building blocks of a successful ASL to spoken English interpretation. Although the literature recommends working into our first language,
signed language interpreters are sometimes hesitant, nervous, or less confident when working from ASL into spoken English. To help participants overcome their own self-defeating behaviors the
following topics will be covered: Gile’s effort model of interpreting, the interpreter’s tool kit, & effective interpreting strategies. Lecture, small group discussion, large group discussion, and hands on practice
will allow the presenter to accommodate a variety of learning styles.


“It’s a Touchy Subject” –Sabrina Smith
This workshop is designed to explore subjects in the educational setting that can be a bit touchy to interpret. We will take an in-depth look at Family Life in the K-12 setting and how interpreters can be
better prepared to approach the subject in the most professional way. As interpreters how many times have we been faced with the decision: to expand or not to expand, what exactly is my role here, or how
far is too far? The goal in this workshop is to empower interpreters to take an active role in their interpretation of touchy subjects and get the intended message across to the client showing respect to the deaf/hard of hearing student as well as any professionals in the room. Other subjects such as Science and History are explored to find out how to address the challenges that arise in the classroom.
The workshop will also include open discussion that will enable the group to learn through others experiences. Whether you are a seasoned interpreter or just beginning your journey, this workshop has something for everyone.