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Congratulations to Dr. Robert Ayres from the Education Evaluation Center (EEC) at TRI for receiving a WOU Skunkworks award in collaboration with the Office of Disability Services (ODS) here at Western. What is skunkworks? A skunkworks (also known as Skunk Works) is a small group of people who work on a project in an unconventional way. The group's purpose is to develop something quickly with minimal management constraints.
Funding from this award will enable the EEC and ODS to develop, field test, refine and implement a screening and referral protocol for WOU students who are struggling academically and are concerned they may have a learning disorder. The evaluation services which are currently provided on campus through the Education Evaluation Center help students with diagnosis and obtaining support services from the Office of Disability Services. The aim of this protocol is to impact student’s persisting in their efforts to complete their academic goals by supporting students before they fail academically.
For Additional information on the EEC see: http://teachingresearchinstitute.org/blog/post/38
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A new mobile app becomes part of a wider campaign to prevent sexual assault on WOU campus
By Carol Dennis and Jeff Denton
With a new focus on a very old problem, incidents of sexual assault on college campuses across the country have grabbed headlines and raised questions about the safety of our children as we send them off to college – many who are on their own for the first time. Western Oregon University’s Abby’s House (Center for Women and Families) is joining a growing number of universities to develop campus-specific smart-phone apps that will give students easy access to resources to keep them safe from assault, and provide support and advocacy if a student has been a victim or witness of a sexual assault.
TRI Receives $1 Million ODE Grant to Develop Elementary Math Instructional Leaders in Oregon
The Teaching Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University (WOU) has been awarded a $1 million grant by the Oregon Department of Education to recruit and educate 60 teachers in the mid-valley and mid-coastal areas to become Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders (EMILs). Project DEMILO (Developing Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders in Oregon) is a collaboration between WOU, TRI, the Willamette Education Service District, and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub to address the need for increased math content knowledge for elementary school teachers.
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