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Classes, Workshops & Training

NMSD provides access to a variety of classes, workshops and training opportunities for both families and educators.

ASL INSTRUCTION

American Sign Language (ASL) is a communication cornerstone for those that are deaf or hard of hearing. NMSD takes pride in offering comprehensive training in ASL in the form of classes, ASL Immersion and rural instruction for families and school programs. For more information, please contact (505) 476-6400.


ASL Virtual Class 2021

ASL CLASSES

ASL classes are offered in ten-week sessions each fall and spring, meeting for two hours each week. 

ASL classes are offered in person on NMSD's Santa Fe and Albuquerque campuses, as well as online, from September 19 through December 7, 2022.

2022 FALL SESSION - RUNS FOR 10 WEEKS
Registration deadline: September 11


In-Person Santa Fe Classes:
Mondays, Sept. 19-Dec. 5, from 6:00-8:00pm
In-Person Albuquerque Classes
: Wednesdays, Sept. 21–Dec. 7, from 6:00-8:00pm
Virtual Classes:
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Sept. 20-Dec 8, from 6:00-7:00pm

Please contact [email protected] with any questions.
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ASL IMMERSION

ASL Immersion is a four-day intensive program in American Sign Language (ASL). The event provides instruction in vocabulary, sentence structure, modeling and gesture. Students learn from Deaf instructors and practice with each other and members of the ASL Immersion Staff. Participants leave with a better understanding of Deaf Culture and an improved ability to communicate in ASL.  

ASL Immersion

Check back in spring for more information on the 2023 season!

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LEARNING FOR FAMILIES

Family events are packed with family-relevant workshops and ASL learning activities for children and family members. Family to Family events include Family Workshops and Family to Family Weekend.


FAMILY TO FAMILY WEEKEND

Family ECE 2019

Family to Family Weekend is a fun and educational weekend for families with deaf and hard of hearing children. Family to Family Weekend gives parents, siblings and extended family the opportunity to enjoy learning together.

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LEARNING FOR STUDENTS

Learning Weekends give an opportunity for students in a region or from all over the state to come together for learning, fun, and connection. Students gain new insight into academic content, the power of peer learning and self-awareness.


Connect 2019

CONNECT

CONNECT Weekend
is a learning weekend for deaf & hard of hearing students, ages 12 years & up.

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STUDENT SUMMER PROGRAMS

Student Summer Camps provide new and creative opportunities for campers to try things they have not experienced. By doing so, campers will develop new interests that may pave the way to their future. NMSD’s summer camp creates a setting that promotes hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. It also offers a place where academic and non-academic activities come together in fun and adventurous ways.

Summer Camp 2019

NEW MEXICO CHALLENGE: STUDENT SUMMER CAMP

New Mexico Challenge: Student Summer Camp
is offered for two weeks in July, for preschoolers through grade 8. Summer camp includes outdoor adventure, including activities such as camping, biking, rafting, rock climbing, and swimming, in addition to students learning a new skill, such as photography bike repair, and stilt-walking.

New Mexico Challenge: Student Summer Camp for 2022 - Information Coming Soon.


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CAREER EXPO 

NMSD offers the NM Deaf and Hard of Hearing Career Expo, where deaf and hard of hearing students and parents obtain information on volunteer and job opportunities from local employers and employment agencies for deaf and hard of hearing youth.

career expo

THE NEW MEXICO DEAF AND HARD OF HEARING CAREER EXPO

The New Mexico Deaf and Hard of Hearing Career Expo is an annual event provided by New Mexico School for the Deaf, and open to all. The Expo includes learning activities for deaf and hard of hearing students, parents, and professionals provided by experts in the field of transition (life after high school) for deaf and hard of hearing youth, local employers, and employment agencies.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR EDUCATIONAL TEAMS

Professional development workshops are offered statewide upon request. These learning opportunities can be scheduled for groups large and small, with an emphasis on an individual student or at a school/district level. The workshops are geared toward educators, parents, family members, interpreters, classroom assistants, and other service providers who make up the educational team. Workshops focus on a wide range of topics specific to the education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

Staff Training 2019

For more information about Professional Development offerings for educational teams, click here.
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR K-12 INTERPRETERS

NMSD has various opportunities for NM interpreters working in the K-12 setting. In an overall effort to increase the quality of interpreting services provided to deaf and hard-of-hearing students in New Mexico, we are committed to working with New Mexico school districts, supporting K-12 Interpreters with their skill growth and ongoing professional development.

Interpreters 2019


K-12 INTERPRETING BACK TO SCHOOL
IN-SERVICES, 2022

Return to your NM school district with a plan for your professional development.

WED., JULY 27, 10AM-12:30PM
SAT., JULY 30, 2PM-4:30PM
Orientation to 12-Week Receptive Fingerspelling series

Register here for Fingerspelling series

~ empower yourself to improve your receptive fingerspelling!
~ learn about how real skills growth can happen!
~ learn the syllabus for the 12-week receptive fingerspelling series!
~ enhance your ~ understanding of the resources available to you!

WED., AUG. 10, 10AM-12:30PM
SAT., AUG. 13, 2PM-4:30PM
Orientation to 12-Week Ethical Praxis Case Conferencing Series

Register here for Ethical Praxis Case Conferencing Series

~ enhance your understanding of your decision-making leverage in the K-12 setting!
~ learn an introduction to the Demand Control Schema!
~ learn the syllabus for the 12-week supervision series on ethical praxis in the K-12 setting!
~ enhance your understanding of case conferencing!

Registration deadline is July 22nd.

All sessions will be Zoom-based.

Click here for the K-12 INTERPRETING BACK TO SCHOOL IN-SERVICES Flyer

Training will be held in spoken English. To request reasonable accommodations or to ask for more details, contact Lena Stavely at [email protected]

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CASA DEAF EDUCATION CONFERENCE

CASA gathering provides social and professional interactions to long-time members of the field and to those entering the conversation for the first time. Pertinent and current information in the field of deaf education is shared with the specific need of New Mexico in mind. 

The CASA Deaf Education Conference is a must-attend biennial conference for parents, educators, support personnel, early interventionists, K-12 interpreters and community members involved in the education of children and/or students who are deaf, hard of hearing and deaf-blind.


CASA
 
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New Mexico Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing

Education and Professional Development Opportunities for Interpreters

A broad variety of educational and professional development opportunities exist for signed language interpreters in New Mexico. Some are local, and others are offered through national organizations.


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