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NICE: National Intervener Certification E-portfolio

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The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and the Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center (PAR2A Center) with support from the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP), have announced a national certification system for interveners. The National Intervener Certification E-portfolio (NICE) System is an assessment process where interveners may submit evidence of their knowledge and skills to be evaluated by expert reviewers in the field of deaf-blindness. The e-portfolio process is aligned with the Council for Exceptional Children's (CEC) Knowledge and Skills Competencies for Interveners and, using digital artifacts, such as video samples, described pictures, and other documents from their practice, interveners can demonstrate proficiency in their roles serving deaf-blind students or clients. Portfolios are scored by at least two trained reviewers and portfolios must pass at 75% or higher to receive the NICE Certificate. All certification determinations are made by the Paraprofessional Resource and Research Center, who manages submissions, the NICE Review Board, and scoring data.

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