Classes, Workshops & Training

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


American Sign Language 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 Immersion is a concentrated program in American Sign Language (ASL) that allows participants to understand how it feels to depend on one’s eyes rather than one’s ears to communicate and interact with the world. There are periods of instruction, including modeling, creative invention, mime, vocabulary, and of course, sentence structure. Students practice with each other, their teachers, members of the NMSD staff, and visiting members of the Deaf Community. With classes offered for all skill levels, participants leave with improved ability to communicate in ASL and a more complete understanding of Deaf Culture. Two ASL Immersion programs are offered each summer at the end of July. 

ASL Immersion: July 2018
Session One: July 24 - 27
Session Two: July 31 - August 3

Registration Deadlines & Costs - See Brochure & Registration Form.
Click here to download the brochure & registration form.

Inmersión en ASL: 
Primera Sesión: 24 - 27 de julio
Segunda Sesión: 31 de julio - 3 de augusto

Precios y fechas de inscripción- Haga clic en el enlace para ver el folleto y el formulario de inscripción.
Haga clic aquí para formulario de inscripción y folleto en español.


ASL Classes: Winter Session Santa Fe & Albuquerque
Check back for 2019 dates
Santa Fe: 
Tuesdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm, January 30 - April 17, 2018
Thursdays 6:00pm - 8:00pm, February 1 - April 12, 2018

Click here for brochure & registration form in English (from 2018)
Haga clic aquí para formulario de registro y folleto en español



Family to Family Events are packed with family-relevant workshops and ASL learning activities for children and family members. Families of deaf and hard of hearing children mingle and learn in an informal environment, learning from energetic instructors. Workshop topics are chosen to address family-specific communication. While adults attend workshops, deaf and hearing children have a chance to play and learn together in a comfortable environment. Families also benefit from sharing their own stories with each other. For more information, please contact (505) 476-6400.

Family to Family Weekend
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Click here for brochure and registration form in English (from March, 2017)

Fin de Semana de Familia a Familia: 
Haga clic aquí para el formulario de inscripción y folleto en español



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 get new insight on academic content, the power of peer learning and self awareness. For more information about Learning Weekends, please contact (505) 476-6400.

CONNECTLearning Weekend for Deaf & Hard of Hearing Students (12 years & up)

CONNECT Weekend: There will be no CONNECT Weekend in 2018
Check back for 2019 dates

Final Registration Deadline: 

Click here for brochure and registration form in English (from May, 2017)

Fin de Semana "CONNECT": 

Inscripción Final: 

Haga clic aquí para formulario de inscripción y folleto en español.




New Mexico Challenge: Student Summer Camp 
June 3 - 15, 2018 

NMSD's student summer camp provides 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. Campers receive quality opportunities so they can make their own decisions about where to go and how to use their new-found skills.  

For more information view our camp flyers:

Student Summer Camp Flyer English
Student Summer Camp Flyer Spanish



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. For more information, please contact (505) 476-6400.


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.  Workshops focus on a wide range of topics specific to the education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing such as IEP requirements/Communication Considerations Addendum,literacy, understanding hearing levels/amplification and the interpreted environment. The workshops are geared towards educators,parents, family members, interpreters, classroom assistants, and other service providers who make up the educational team.

For more information about Professional Development offerings for educational teams, please contact the NMSD Educational Consultant who serves your school district at 505-476-6400.


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. For more information, please contact (505) 476-6400.

Mentorship Flyer and Application
CECT Interpreting Mentorship Flyer
Mentorship for Educational Interpreters in NM - Application Form

Workshops are developed based on the needs of a student, interpreter, school, or district. Professional development will be customized to address interpreting skills and theory specific to working with deaf and hard-of-hearing students in their educational settings. Participants engage and apply learning through hands-on activities. This service is developed and provided at the district’s request.

Short-term residencies are offered on NMSD’s main campus in Santa Fe for 2-3 days. Work alongside, observe, and receive direct mentoring from the NMSD interpreting team! Take advantage of an immersion opportunity by being exposed to various signing styles through interactions with staff and students while also gaining hands-on interpreting experience.  Housing on campus may be provided if available at the time of residency. This opportunity can be requested by the interpreter and district.

Formal mentorships lasting seven months are available to graduates of Interpreter Training Programs, who hold Provisional Licensure, and who currently work as K-12 interpreters in the state of NM.  Selected interpreters will be assigned two mentors from the NMSD interpreting team. The mentorship includes customized and ongoing support, virtual meetings twice a month, skill assessments, onsite observations, structured skill development activities, and face-to-face mentoring.

New Mexico Commission for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing
Education and Professional Development Opportunities for Interpreters
A broad variety of education and professional development opportunities exist for signed language interpreters in New Mexico. Some are local, and others are offered through national organizations. 


CASA 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. Pertinent and current information in the field of deaf education is shared with the specific need of New Mexico in mind. The gathering provides social and professional interactions to long-time members of the field and to those entering the conversation for the first time. For more information about CASA, please contact (505) 476-6400.​

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