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Everyone Wants Certification, But it's not that easy

By Katharine Allen, AAITE Board Secretary

Interpreters and translators in education want to professionalize. The school districts that hire them want proof of their competence. The most understood and accepted way for any professional to prove their skill set is to be able to say, "I am certified."

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Introducing AAITE - a Home for Interpreters and Translators in Education

With great joy we announce that the group formally known as the Interpreters and Translators in Education (ITE) Workgroup, is now officially the American Association of Interpreters and Translators in Education.

Our launch as a formal, professional association is the fruit of two years of hard work by a diverse group of very dedicated individuals and supportive allies in our field.

Origins

The ITE Workgroup officially formed in September 2019 to launch a national conversation about the need to professionalize interpreting and translation in educational settings. Since then, the founding members have worked diligently to build a new professional organization from the ground up, which meant a building out a formal organizational structure from the inside while, at the same time, learning as much as we could about and from linguists and stakeholders in K-12 education across the United States.
 
Our learning process has included holding two annual meetings, national surveys run by our Job Task Analysis and Ethics and Standards Committees, running a national listserv to promote discussion and learning and building relationships with sister organizations and key stakeholders in the interpreting and translation fields.

Internally, a dedicated group has been meeting regularly for months to create our vision and mission statements, write bylaws for incorporation and create a structure to elect our first Board of Directors. And throughout it all, our core committees have continued to advanced our work to create a comprehensive national code of ethics, standards of practice and to identify desperately-needed best practices in our rapidly-evolving field.

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