Big Sky Interpreting Conference

  • Montana School for the Deaf and Blind 3911 Central Ave Great Falls, Mt, 59405 United States

ASL Guest Presenter: Windell "Wink" Smith, Jr.

Wink, NIC Master, enjoys researching and creating various workshops that focus on skill building through deliberate practice (RID Views, Winter 2012). Presenting workshops the last five years at national conferences (NAD, RID, Silent Weekend) regional conferences (RID I, II, III, IV), state conferences, and local workshops across the nation has given Wink experiences to enhance applications for interpreters of all levels. Wink is widely noted for the comfortable atmosphere he creates and the passion he exudes.


Friday, July 31

3:00 MRID board meeting at MSDB, all are welcome to attend

6:30 Doors & Registration Open

7:30-9:30 (.2 CEUs/ 2 clock hours) Wink ASL Performance- Open to the public


Saturday, August 1

8:00 Breakfast available

Silent Auction opens

9:00-12:00 Deliberate Practice Workshop (.3 CEUs/ 3 clock hours)

What does it take to become an expert? The journey to be an expert brings practitioners to conferences, workshops, webinars, and/or mentoring to learn from peers who have devoted hours of research and construction of their presentations to provide tools that can be taken home.  However, passively listening to a lecture, reading a skill development book, or watching vlogs will not transform that person into an expert nor does working eighty hours a week. The key is to incorporate deliberate practice by taking the smallest skill unit as a goal to enhance and to practice it until it is mastered.  Only after exhausting all possible ways of wringing learning from the practice can the next skill unit be identified and practiced. Full description here:

12:00-1:30 Lunch provided

1:30-4:30 Space Walk Workshop (.3 CEUs/ 3 clock hours)

We all have been in the situation where we set up a beautiful scene and are jumping with joy inside for using such great spatialization. Then the speaker introduces a new concept that will not fit in our masterpiece; what do you do? How can you organize your thoughts so that if your beautiful scene is referenced again you can clearly recreate it? Click here for the full workshop description:

Silent Auction closes


$90 for MRID Members

$115 for Non-Members


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Our discretionary grant through OPI will be in progress starting July 1. Mid-July, we will disseminate information on how to take advantage of OPI's support of registration fees.

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