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Teaching Research Institute becomes “The Research Institute at Western Oregon University”

Oct 1, 2015

Expanding support for innovative research at Western and beyond

Western Oregon University sign

As Western Oregon University (WOU) enters its first year governed by an independent Board of Trustees and a new university president, TRI has been called upon to help expand the university’s national standing in research and innovation.

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TRI Gives Student Workers Real Work Experience

Sep 22, 2015

Editor's Note: This article was originally published May 18, 2015. TRI extends a warm welcome to all new and returning Western Oregon University students!

By Taylor Leech

Taylor, Shelby, and Amy

I have been employed as a student worker with TRI at Western Oregon University for the past six months. My job here has given me the chance to write some of the blog posts for the website. Recently, I was asked to write something about what it's like to be a student worker here, and to ask some of the other TRI student workers about their experience.

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TRI Welcomes Two (and a Half) New Members to the Center on Early Learning Team

Jul 31, 2015

Lauren Peterson with her daughtersTRI welcomes Cheri Freedman and Lauren Peterson to the Center on Early Learning. Both bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to TRI. Each brings a unique and valuable view of Early Childhood development. And one brings a brand new baby boy!Cheri and Paxton

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Marie LeJeune wins T.H. Gentle Endowment

Jun 19, 2015

Marie LeJeune

Marie LeJeune, associate professor of teacher education, with whom TRI works on the HighFive grant, has been awarded the very first T.H. Gentle Endowment.

“It’s important in my work to continually be connected to what teachers are doing in K-12 schools,” she said.

According to the May 6, 2015 article in the Polk County Itemizer-Observer, "Thomas Gentle, for whom the endowment is named, came to Western’s campus more than 100 years ago to revitalize the teacher preparation program, and built programs and a faculty committed to excellence in this area."

We at TRI are very excited for Marie, and congratulate her on the well deserved honor.

You can read the Polk County Itemizer-Observer article here.

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TRI Contributes to the National Conversation about Early Childhood Education

Jun 7, 2015

watercolor of man playing sazophoneWhen you think of New Orleans in June, you might imagine jazz saxophones being played on the street corners and great seafood soaked in butter. In early June, 2015, another kind of rich experience will fill the air of The Big Easy – the voices and experiences of early childhood education professionals from across the country.

The NAEYC* 2015 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development will gather together the most cutting-edge, creative thinkers in the field of early childhood education, and TRI is proud to be providing seven of those voices.

(*National Association for the Education of Young Children)

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