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QRIS Featured on OPB News

Earlier this week, Oregon's efforts to improve the quality of child care and education for young children was a feature of both a news article and a radio interview by OPB News. The centerpiece of this effort is the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS), which is run by the Center on Early Learning at TRI. Staff members, Tom Udell,... Read More


TRI Steps onto the National Stage

Jul 22, 2014

It's a very busy week at TRI, with faculty and staff lending their professional expertise to the national education discussion. Amy Parker, Ed.D., Jay Genze, Ed.S., Peggy Malloy, M.L.S., (from NCDB); and Patricia Blasco, Ph.D., (from CEPE and CEL) are presenting at the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) Directors' Meeting in Washington, D.C. - 7/23 - 7/25Amy Parker presented at the... Read More


2014 Deaf-Blind Summit

Jul 20, 2014

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) welcome participants to the Deaf-Blind Summit in Washington, D.C. on July 20, 2014. This annual meeting of state deaf-blind projects provides an opportunity for key personnel and stakeholders from across our nation’s growing network, to convene in service of increased collaboration and productive practice partnerships. Breakout sessions will address early... Read More


Dr. Patricia Blasco to Present at OSEP Project Directors Meeting

Jul 13, 2014

After a successful and engaging presentation at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in Minneapolis, MN this past June, Dr. Patricia Blasco and Dr. Cindy Ryan will present the Pearls and Pitfalls of a Blended Early Childhood/Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education (EC/EI/ECSE) program at the Project Director’s Meeting, Office of Special Education Programs in Washington, DC... Read More


Educator Receives National Honor

Jul 10, 2014

Betsy McGinnity, a senior advisor for the National Center for Deaf-Blindness at TRI was recently honored by the Association for Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired (AER) with the 2014 Virginia Sowell Award for advancement of knowledge and understanding of deafblindness and multiple disabilities. The annual award was presented to McGinnity last month by AER's Multiple Disabilities and... Read More


Support for Families of Children with Autism

Jun 27, 2014

For the past decade, the Teaching Research Institute and the Qigong Sensory Training Institute have been researching the effectiveness of using a daily massage program with children ages 2-6 with autism. The program of massage given by trained parents has been shown in research studies to be effective in reversing sensory difficulties and improving behavior. As children become more comfortable with touch,... Read More


S.I.T.E Project to be Presented at the Sustaining the Blue Planet Global Water Education Conference

Jun 19, 2014

TRI received great news from Mary Beth Tilson, Biology teacher at Delta High School in Pasco, WA. She has been selected to present at the Sustaining the Blue Planet Global Water Education Conference, taking place June 24 – 27 in Big Sky Montana. Why is this important to TRI? Because the student program that will be the centerpiece of her presentation was funded through a sub-grant received from TRI as part of a larger... Read More


Join the online PSO Secondary Transition Group

Jun 19, 2014

To facilitate the sharing of information in the area of post-secondary outcomes, TIMS has created a collaborative work space for educators working with issues relating to successful transition from school to adult life for students.  The topics will be developed through questions from the field, materials submitted by group members, or  items posted by Jackie Burr, the site moderator.  This group offers an opportunity to connect with others around Oregon.  Please include your interests in... Read More


TRI Staff Members to Present at the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems National Meeting

Jul 22, 2014

After a successful presentation on Oregon’s QRIS at the 2014 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development in Minneapolis, TRI staff members Robyn Lopez Melton, Pat Aldrich and Tom Udell have been invited to repeat the presentation at the Quality Rating and Improvement Systems National Meeting July 23-25, 2014 in Denver. Titled The portfolio approach: A cost-effective measure for evaluating program... Read More


TRI’s Robyn Lopez Melton appointed to the NAEYC Nominating Panel

Jun 5, 2014

TRI is excited to acknowledge the appointment of TRI staff member Robyn Lopez Melton to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Nominating Panel for a 3-year term effective immediately. Robyn will serve as one of four NAEYC members appointed at large to work with three board members on the critical task of identifying a slate... Read More


Fiesta Time!

May 27, 2014

Learning and Celebrating Latino Culture During May, children and staff from the TRI Child Development Center participated in WOU’s Multicultural Student Union's  Nuestra Fiesta Latina Event. This event strives to bring together individuals from our local community and our campus community to celebrate and experience the Latino culture. There were special children's activities this morning, dancing... Read More


Study on the Benefits of Massage for Children with Autism

May 19, 2014

For the past decade, the Qigong Sensory Training Institute, in partnership with the Teaching Research Institute, has been teaching parents a daily massage program that has been shown in early studies to be effective in reversing difficulties with touch. As children become more comfortable with touch, they become calmer, are better able to learn, and exhibit better... Read More


TRI Child Development Center Expanding

May 6, 2014

The TRI Child Development Center, on the campus of Western Oregon University, is excited to announce that we are expanding! Download CDC brochure. Going Year Round: Multiple enrollment options are available to WOU students, faculty, and staff, and to families in the greater Monmouth/Independence community. When the university goes on break, the CDC will stay open to... Read More


Oregon Department of Education Mentoring Program

May 6, 2014

A priority of Oregon’s statewide educational system is to recruit and retain teachers and administrators of the highest quality.  The Oregon Department of Education Mentoring Program is designed to implement activities related to this goal by providing high quality individualized professional growth for every beginning teacher and administrator with less than two years of experience. By supporting beginning... Read More


TRI and Partners Awarded $500,000 Grant

Apr 14, 2014

A consortium consisting of the Teaching Research Institute along with Central School District, Dallas School District, Falls City School District, and Perrydale School District was awarded a $500,000 grant by the Oregon... Read More


Willamette Promise Grant Press Release

Apr 8, 2014

Western Oregon University, Central School District, Dallas School District, Falls City School District, and Perrydale School District, as part of the Mid-Willamette Valley Promise Consortium, Awarded $500,000 Grant The Oregon Department of Education has announced... Read More


TRI-CDC Children Visit the OHSU School of Nursing

Apr 4, 2014

Children from the TRI Child Development Center were invited to join OHSU School of Nursing first year students who were practicing their pediatric assessment skills. The nursing students listened to the children's hearts and then gave each child the opportunity to listen to their own heart beat.This was a wonderful opportunity for the children to increase their comfort with those who work in... Read More


Oregon Deaf-blind Project Helps Families

Mar 28, 2014

Learning that your child has a disability can be a challenging experience for many families. The Oregon Deafblind Project's Family Guide assists families by offering hope, helping to understand the needs of a child who is deaf-blind, assisting with next steps and offering resources along the way. The website was developed in collaboration with the family of a child who is deaf-blind who have offered... Read More


TRI Child Development Center Helping to End Hunger

Mar 26, 2014

During the month of February the children at the TRI Child Development Center and their families participated in the Governor's 2014 Food Drive. All through the month, the classrooms focused on topics to give the children an understanding of the effects of hunger. The children helped to create the food donation boxes that were placed in each classroom. Then throughout the month the children and families... Read More


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