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A full month of new webinars in April

April offers a full schedule of webinars with four new sessions covering advocacy, Microsoft Word, NCRA STRONG, and tips for getting the most out of your writer. Registration for all webinars is now open.

On April 6, husband and wife advocates Andrew and Keri November discuss rights for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. “To show support and ally with a marginalized group,” says Andrew, “you must be able to recognize systematic disability discrimination and learn to advocate for the advancement of disability rights by interaction and inclusion. Keri and I are honored to speak with the members of NCRA and to share a window into our life as a married couple that advocates for those that cannot advocate for themselves.”

Next, on April 14 you can brush up on your Microsoft Word skills. Following on the success of her Excel seminar, IT specialist Kenya Herring will move onto Word. “Please join me in learning some key skills and techniques using Microsoft Word 2016,” says Herring. “At the end of the presentation you will have mastered the most popular and sought-after Microsoft Word tools and come away with confidence to complete many Word tasks with efficiency and grace.”

Later in the month, the NCRA STRONG Committee will be providing an update on the latest in tips and resources for educating your clients on the benefits of stenography over other methods of capturing the record. This webinar is free to NCRA members. “Advocacy begins with each of us, and education is the key to empowerment,” say presenters Stacey Raikes, RMR, CRR, and Lisa Migliore Black. “We invite you to come learn with STRONG how to teach your clients to protect themselves from dangerously deficient alternative means of capturing the spoken word into text, whether in the captioning or judicial environment.”

Round out the month with Eclipse representative Ashli Van Dyke giving you tips on getting the most from your writer. Your writer is the most important component of your job, so getting to know it inside and out will make your job that much easier. Van Dyke will also give an overview of the Passport Touch. “I welcome all viewers to learn how much the Passport Touch has to offer,” she says. “New and experienced users alike will walk with new tools in their belts to make sure they are getting the most out of their writer.”

April webinars:

April 6 | Advocating for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing | Presenters: Andrew November and Keri November

A disability litigator fights for those who cannot fight for themselves, or at the very least, fights right alongside them. You do not have to be a disability litigator to ally with a marginalized group. During our one hour together, we will spend the first half focusing on Deaf Rights, advocating for individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing and accessibility, including techniques such as closed captioning. For the second half-hour, Keri November will teach basic American Sign Language so that you have some knowledge and awareness. (0.10 CEU)

April 14 | What in the Word? | Presenter: Kenya Herring

During this introductory course for using Microsoft Word 2016, you’ll learn the basics of using Word 2016. An IT specialist working in the AWS cloud for the Washington, D.C. Health Information Exchange, Herring will help you navigate the Word 2016 interface, including the Ribbon, Backstage View, and the Quick Access Toolbar. (0.15 CEU)

April 20 | What’s STRONG with Us? (Free seminar) | Presenters: Stacey Raikes, RMR, CRRSue Terry, FAPR, RPR, CRR, CRC; and Lisa Migliore Black

Educating the legal community and consumers on the benefits of stenography in contrast to other methods of making, preserving, and guarding the record. (no CEUs awarded)

April 27 | Fall in Love with Your New and/or Existing Writer! – Eclipse | Presenter: Ashli Van Dyke

Learn tips on getting the most from your writer from Eclipse representative Ashli Van Dyke. Whatever your system, you know that your writer is the foundation for each and every job, so knowing your writer inside and out will make every job that much easier. (0.10 CEU)

NCRA will be offering a full schedule of webinars throughout the coming months. Please see below for a full list with registration links. For additional learning opportunities such as article and book tests, certification programs, practice skills tests, on-demand webinars, and more, please visit the NCRA Learning Center.

May 5 | Webpage Building Basics | Presenter: Kenya Herring

Web development languages, such as HTML (Hyper Text Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets), are essential skills to have because they are foundational languages of the Web. HTML is a markup language that is used in developing Web pages, and CSS is a language responsible for layout and styling of Web pages. In this course, we will cover both languages from scratch. (0.15 CEU)

May 11 | Hybrid Depositions | Presenter: Carmine Giuliano, CLVS

Best preparation practices, equipment recommendations, and troubleshooting tips for hybrid depositions where some, but not all, of the participants are remote. (0.10 CEU)

May 18 | Fall in Love with Your New and/or Existing Writer! – Stenograph | Presenter: Todd Schludt

Learn tips on getting the most from your writer from Stenograph representative Todd Schludt. Whatever your system, you know that your writer is the foundation for each and every job, so knowing your writer inside and out will make every job that much easier. (0.10 CEU)

May 25 | Steno STRONG: Pass it Along! | Presenter: Lillian Freiler, FAPR, RMR, CMRS

As a professional steno reporter, you know the value of your services and the risks involved in using anyone other than a stenographic reporter to capture the record. Now learn the best practice for educating your clients and others about the known dangers of digital and other non-stenographic reporting systems. Confidently communicate why steno is still the gold standard. Be our best advocate for our profession! (0.10 CEU)

June 1 | What Is the Cloud and Where Does it Live? | Presenter: Kenya Herring

In this introduction to cloud computing, we answer the key question: “What is the cloud?” With a solid, standards-based approach and examples from the real world, we look at all the definitions that come together to mean “cloud.” (0.10 CEU)

June 8 | How to Submit a COPE Complaint (Free seminar) | Presenter: Dannielle Copeland, RDR, CRR

We will walk you through the formal procedures necessary when filing an ethics complaint to the Committee on Professional Ethics (COPE). Whether your complaint is against an NCRA member or an advertiser, you will walk away knowing how to find and apply the information needed to ensure your complaint is submitted following the necessary guidelines to reach COPE for an evaluation and determination. (no CEUs awarded)

June 22 | Public Outreach Basics (Free seminar) | Presenter: Anthony Frisolone, FAPR, RDR, CRR, CRC, CRI

In this webinar, you will learn how to identify the audience, create a message, and get in front of the public to talk about careers in the court reporting and captioning professions and the benefit of stenographic reporting. (no CEUs awarded)