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TRI Welcomes Jennie Smith

Apr 16, 2015

TRI welcomes Jennie Smith, who will work part-time in the Grants Management Office. Jennie previously worked in the WOU business office and payroll office.  She comes to TRI with 16 years of accounting experience, including three years of grant management. Jennie has been involved in community volunteer work for 20 years and is currently working in the morning at Monmouth Elementary School as a... Read More

TRI's Robyn Lopez Melton to Deliver Keynote at OAEYC Spring Conference

Apr 18, 2015

Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC) has honored TRI's Robyn Lopez Melton with an invitation to deliver the Saturday Keynote at their Spring Conference (April 17 and 18) at Lane Community College in Eugene. The keynote is titled, "Eyes on the I - Exploring the role of Improvement in QRIS." According to the OAEYC website: The I... Read More

Meet the New Director of the Center on Deaf-Blindness - Dr. Linda McDowell

Apr 14, 2015

On February 16, 2015, just two weeks after her arrival at TRI, I sat down with Dr. Linda McDowell to learn about the woman who now serves as the Director of TRI's Center on Deaf-Blindness (CDB). Housed within the Center on Deaf-Blindness are the Oregon Deaf-Blind Project and the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). Included in her position as Director... Read More

Award-Winning Children's Author Visits Western Oregon University

Apr 3, 2015

Western Oregon University's Division of Teacher Education (in coordination with Teaching Research Institute and the Project High Five Grant) is pleased to welcome award-winning children's author, Monica Brown, for an evening workshop on April 9, 2015 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.  Monica will speak about her writing and work, through the lens of examining social justice issues in children's literature.  Workshop attendees... Read More

TRI Welcomes New Staff

Mar 26, 2015

Hannah Anonson has joined the Center on Early Learning at TRI as an Early Childhood Project Specialist.  She will be providing technical service and support to Oregon’s Quality Rating & Improvement System as well as the Central Coordination of the Child Care Resource & Referral System.  Hannah joins us from the Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency where she served as a Focused Family Child... Read More

TRI’s EEC completes the 2015 Revised Manual: Special Education Assessment Process for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students

Mar 12, 2015

Thanks to the support and guidance of the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), TRI’s Education Evaluation Center (EEC) has, for more than 50 years, conducted comprehensive assessments of Oregon students referred to the EEC because of concerns that they may have a learning disorder. The EEC's approach to these assessments includes viewing the student within her or his context,... Read More

ERGo Becomes CREA

Mar 12, 2015

TRI proudly announces the Center on Research, Evaluation & Analysis (CREA), formerly the Evaluation Research Group office (ERGo). The new name reflects a more defined and robust mission to conduct research and evaluation studies that are rigorous and successful, and provide useful, timely, and accurate results, reports, and materials. “We are very excited about this change and feel it better... Read More

TRI Awarded 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant

Mar 10, 2015

21st Century Community Learning Centers (CLCs) give students in high-poverty and low-performing schools the support they need to be successful in school and life. The before and after school programs help students by providing one-on-one adult support as well as a wide range of group activities in areas such as reading, math, and science. In addition, the programs offer literacy and other educational services to families. Read More

TRI's Work with Oregon's QRIS Featured in News

Mar 4, 2015

TRI's Robyn Lopez Melton (QRIS Coordinator) and the work being done through TRI's Center on Early Learning, are featured in an Oregonlive article that reflects on the first full year of Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System.Here's an excerpt from the article:"Oregon has devoted just two full-time employees to the system and is keeping other... Read More

TRI Now Recruiting for Study of Executive Function in Babies Born Low Birth Weight

Mar 1, 2015

Teaching Research Institute, in partnership with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), has begun recruiting babies, age 6-8 months, born low birth weight and those born full term. These babies and their families will participate in a study on Executive Function in infants and toddlers born Low Birth Weight (LBW). Recruitment has begun for  Here's the recruitment information. "It is so exciting... Read More

TRI-CDC Receives WOU University Diversity Grant

Feb 15, 2015

The Teaching Research Child Development Center (CDC) was awarded $250 to continue providing an inclusive and culturally and linguistically responsive environment for all children, families, CDC staff, University faculty, staff, students, and volunteers.   The award money will be used to purchase new materials such as children's books in the four different languages spoken by children in the program. ... Read More

2015 Pacific Northwest Driver & Traffic Safety Conference

Feb 16, 2015

Over 250 driver education instructors from throughout the Pacific Northwest will be attending the 2015 PacNW Driver & Traffic Safety Conference in Portland on February 27-28 and March 1. TRI’s Traffic Safety Education program organizes the conference and co-hosts it with the Transportation Safety Division of the Oregon Department of Transportation.The conference features keynote sessions by nationally acclaimed speakers and numerous workshops... Read More

Working Together for Oregon's Children

Feb 4, 2015

On January 15-16, 2015, the Center on Early Learning at Teaching Research hosted over 20 agencies from across the state to support efforts to improve the care and education of children in Oregon. Staff from three states funded projects at TRI, along with professionals from 12 Child Care Resource & Referral agency and partners from the Oregon Early... Read More

EEC Receives Skunkworks Award

Jan 22, 2015

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? 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... Read More

TRI Receives $1 Million ODE Grant to Develop Elementary Math Instructional Leaders in Oregon

Feb 2, 2015

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... Read More

NCDB to Host Deaf-Blind Summit in July 2015

Jan 5, 2015

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness will host a live Deaf-Blind Summit meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 21-22, 2015. The tentative meeting location is Salt Lake City, UT.The DB Summit is an opportunity to gather together as a National Deaf-Blind TA Network.More information about planning efforts for this meeting will be available early in 2015. Please regard this as a "HOLD THE DATE" announcement. A planning committee, including representatives from several Deaf-Blind Projects, will assist... Read More

TRI Staff Support Pink Walk

Jan 2, 2015

American Association of University Women (AAUW) of Salem and Abby’s House at WOU came together in a joint team to participate in the Discover Pink Walk. The Medical Foundation of Marion and Polk counties organized this year’s event, raising funds for breast cancer screenings and support for women going through breast cancer treatment. Team members included TRI staff members Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and... Read More

NCDB Publications in Visual Impairment & Deafblind Education Quarterly

Dec 16, 2014

Congratulations to NCDB staff on their recent article publications and to Amy Parker for being selected as guest editor of the Visual Impairment & Deafblind Education Quarterly!  The articles can be found at the publications page of the Council for Exceptional Children,  Division on Visual Impairments and Deafblindness.Amy Parker, the Coordinator of Professional Development and Products for NCDB served as guest editor for... Read More

Center on Early Learning Fall Conference: Stronger Together

Dec 9, 2014

The theme for the 2014 Center on Early Learning Fall Conference was "Early Learning System: Stronger Together." The event, which was held in October at the Western Oregon University campus, focused on the partnerships in early learning and child care across Oregon, from the state level all the way to individual child care programs. Attendees included 121 early learning professionals, 26 early learning agencies/organizations, and 45 presenters and session leaders. Read More

TRI Staff Present at NAEYC

Dec 3, 2014

TRI's Center on Early Learning staff, Tom Udell, Robyn Lopez-Melton, Dana Bleakney-Huebsch, and Pat Aldrich presented at the2014  National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas during November.  The presentations highlighted accomplishments by the Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) project. QRIS is a program that... Read More

TRI Staff Present on Early Motor Development

Nov 19, 2014

Drs. Carol Leitschuh and Patti Blasco presented on Early Motor Development at Chemeteka Community College on November 5, 2014, to an Early Childhood class.The 26 students expressed appreciation for Dr. Leitschuh's physical demonstration of early motor movements such as the three-point crawl vs the four-point crawl (three-point uses both arms/hands with just one knee vs a more typical both hands and both knees). Dr. Leitschuh also... Read More

Dr. Patricia Ketcham Joins ERGo at Teaching Research Institute

Nov 19, 2014

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Patricia Ketcham to TRI! Dr. Ketcham is joining the Evaluation & Research Group (ERGo) working on projects that intersect higher education and K-12 education. She has authored and co-authored numerous publications including “Development and Psychometric Properties of a Theory-Guided Prescription Stimulant Misuse Questionnaire for College Students” in Drug & Alcohol Dependence (2014), “Illicit use of prescription stimulants in a college... Read More

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) at TRI Announces a New Director

Feb 20, 2015

The National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Linda McDowell as the new Executive Director.  Dr. McDowell's expertise in deaf-blindness includes serving as the Administrative Director of the Mississippi Deaf-Blind Project since 1999, authoring numerous publications, presentations at the international, national and state level, and extensive service on national and statewide committees representing deaf-blindness as well... Read More

TRI's CREA to Begin Recruitment for Study of Executive Function in Low Birth Weight Babies

Jan 13, 2015

Patricia Blasco, Ph.D., will serve as the Principal Investigator in a collaboration between TRI and the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to study the effects of low birth weight on the development of executive function in the first three years of life. Executive Function (EF) is the collection of mental processes in the brain that allows for self-regulation, working memory, attention,... Read More

TRI Welcomes New Staff

Nov 3, 2014

TRI is excited to welcome new staff members. Dr. Serra Acar has joined the Evaluation & Research Group (ERGo) working on projects with an early childhood/early learning focus. She has been the Principal Investigator on several studies at the University of Oregon including  “A State Analysis of Early Interventiona/Early Childhood Special Education Programs in Oregon” and “Prediction of the... Read More

TRI Receives $415,000 to Improve Traffic Safety Education (TSE) in Oregon

Oct 16, 2014

The Center on Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE) was recently awarded two Oregon Department of Transportation grants totaling $415,000 to increase the number of qualified driver education instructors in Oregon. The grants will focus on coordinating traffic safety education classes, certifying over 300 driver education instructors, and providing support for curriculum, policy and a web presence. In addition, the $415,000 will be used... Read More

The 2013 National Child Count of Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind

Oct 15, 2014

The 2013 National Child Count of Children and Youth who are Deaf-Blind, published by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness in September 2014. This is the only national child count that relates specifically to deaf-blindness. The published report highlights quantitative demographic data, and also offers a summary of implications of the trends that are occurring seeing nationally. Read More

Gary Glasenapp Presents on QRIS in Columbia County

Oct 7, 2014

Gary Glasenapp Presents on QRIS in Columbia CountyChild care providers, Head Start staff, and early intervention and early childhood special education providers attended an Oct. 4 training to learn more about Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and supporting children with disabilities. Gary Glasenapp, from Western Oregon University’s Teaching Research Institute, presented QRIS and how it addresses supporting children with disabilities (and their families) in family- and center-based care and education programs. See... Read More

Teaching Research Institute among Top Workplaces in Oregon

Oct 6, 2014

Based on the largest-ever survey of U.S. companies, Workplace Dynamics, LLP has named Teaching Research Institute (TRI) as one of the top workplaces in Oregon for 2014. In the category of not-for-profit organizations with fewer than 150 employees, TRI made the list of the top 45 (ranking at 33). TRI, a division within Western... Read More

Child Development Center at Teaching Research Institute Receives 5-Star Quality Rating

Sep 26, 2014

The Child Development Center at Teaching Research Institute (TRI-CDC) has earned the highest quality rating for child care programs in the state through Oregon’s Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS). Housed on the campus of Western Oregon University, theTRI-CDC is the first 5-Star rated child care program in Polk County, and is now one of only 26 of the highest rated programs in... Read More

Qigong Massage for Children with Autism

Sep 25, 2014

Learn about Qigong Massage! Dr. Louisa Silva will present the most recent research information on massage therapy with children who have autism and sensitivity to touch. Parents and family, caregivers and other professionals with children six years of age or younger are invited to to attend the free presentation and learn about resources and how to give their children the massage.... Read More

Patti Blasco, Ph.D., lead author of "The Little Brain That Could: Understanding Executive Function in Early Childhood"

Sep 10, 2014

The Little Brain That Could: Understanding Executive Function in Early ChildhoodPublished in Young Exceptional Children - the Official Journal of the Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children, Patricia M. Blasco Ph.D., Sage Saxton Psy.D., and Mary Gerrie, MA, MSRetrospective research studies have shown that a young child’s developmental trajectory will be impacted when Executive Function (EF) skills are not strengthened and deficits are not addressed. Improving outcomes by targeting EF skills... Read More

TRI-CDC to Offer Parenting Now Classes This Spring

Feb 5, 2015

Mid-Valley Parenting, a hub for partners that support parenting in Polk county, has partnered with the TRI-CDC to offer two series of Parenting Now classes in Monmouth/Independence. The first one took place in Fall, 2014 and the second is coming up in Spring, 2015. Parenting Now is a series of 7 sessions which bring parents of young... Read More

The Role of Interveners in Educational Settings: Online Parent Training

Aug 13, 2014

Beginning in July, the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) and The National Family Association for Deaf-Blind (NFADB) began offering a free online training for parents with children who are deaf-blind. The training uses a module from the Open Hands Open Access (OHOA) Deaf-Blind Intervener Learning Modules developed by NCDB. Parents are learning about interveners, the professionals who facilitate learning and skill development by... Read More

Abby's House and CASA: Working towards a safe campus

Aug 8, 2014

Providing a safe campus experience is the goal of the Campus Against Sexual Assault (CASA) project, a 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.  This collaboration between TRI, WOU and community partners works to provide a safe, respectful campus environment for all students, staff and faculty; expand assistance for victims of sexual assault; and to increase campus and community awareness and understanding. A major component of this endeavor... Read More

QRIS Featured on OPB News

Jul 30, 2014

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

July 20 - 25, 2014 was 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 -... 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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