The new year has heralded a new era for professional learning for educational support staff. In 2012, VDEI, in partnership with ASLIA Victoria, is piloting a mentoring program for this group of staff. In response to expressions of interests lodged with VDEI, seven mentoring groups have been formed across both regional and metropolitan areas.
Each of the seven groups - consisting of 6 - 8 mentees - has fortnightly contact with their nominated mentor. The aims of the program are for each individual to:
- receive regular and individual support and feedback in relation to classroom Auslan interpreting and communication activities
- develop and improve their Auslan skills
- try new strategies and approaches to classroom interpreting; and
- gain confidence in their interpreting role and interaction with students and classroom teachers