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College of Education Projects, Grants and Partnerships

 

We place great emphasis on the value of collaboration and partnership. Here are some of the current grants and projects that we are currently participating in across the state of Oregon.

 

Name
Summary
Details

Project
SPELL

Sustainable Practices for English Language Learners (SPELL) is a Federal grant awarded to Western Oregon University with the focus on ESOL endorsements, coaching, and professional learning communities. Western Oregon University's ESOL/Bilingual Education program prepares teachers to ensure that English Language Learners (ELLs) succeed in all aspects of their schooling.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney

Dr. Carmen Caceda

Sandi Rands: Salem Keizer SD

Sonia Kool: Woodburn SD

 

Strategic Partnerships
Program Coordinator

Karla Hale

 

Duration

2012-2016

 

Website

wou.edu/education/esolspell

Project
PIECE

 

Promoting Inclusion in Early Childhood Educators (PEICE) is a five-year Federal Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) grant project awarded to Western Oregon University. Project PIECE works to recruit, and provide training and support to, scholars from underserved populations who have at least their associate's degree, and who are interested in teaching in early childhood settings. Through Project PIECE these scholars recieve substantial financial assistance to take classes and complete a bachelor's degree with a teaching autorization in early childhood, as well as an endorsement in early intervention/early childhood special education.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Cindy Ryan

Dr. Mickey Pardew

Dr. Patricia Blasco:
Teaching Research Institute

 

Duration

2014 - 2019

 

Website

teachingresearchinstitute.org

Project
High Five
Partnership
Grant

Project High Five - Culture, Collaboration, Commitment, Communication, and Community is a Culturally Responsive Pedagogy and Practices grant sponsored by the Oregon Department of Education. The project has three main goals: (1) to develop a strong Professional Development School (PDS) partnership program between Central School District and Western Oregon University focused on the co-teaching approach and based on principles of culturally responsive pedagogy; (2) to strengthen and expand a contextualized English Language Development (ELD) model of instruction for English Learners by utilizing their “funds of knowledge” (Gonzalez, Moll & Amanti, 2005, p. 72) and intentional instructional practices; and (3) to actively involve pre-service and in-service teachers, as well as K-12 students in self-reflection and community service activities framed toward advocacy for equity and social justice.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Maria Dantas-Whitney

Dr. Chloë Hughes

Dr. Marie LeJeune

Sue Thompson

Anne Foltz

Cheri McLain

Marcus Wenzel

Dr. Christina Reagle:
Teaching Research Institute

Central School District Personnel

 

Duration

Summer 2014 - Spring 2015

 

Website

woucentral.weebly.com

 

Project
ALL
Partnership
Grant

Project ALL is a Bilingual / Biliteracy Reading Endorsement program: A state grant was awarded to Western Oregon University with the focus on K-12 teacher development through professional development, coaching, and professional learning communities. Western Oregon University has partnered with Hillsboro School District, Forest Grove School District and Woodburn School Districts to provide a Reading Endorsement program that prepares teachers to be reading specialists with a focus on Dual Language, Bilingual and Biliteracy perspectives.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Tracy Smiles

Dr. Melanie Landon-Hays

Robin Farup-Romero: Hillsboro SD

Sonia Kool: Woodburn SD

Lena Baucum: Woodburn SD

 

Strategic Partnerships
Program Coordinator

Karla Hale

 

Duration

Fall 2014 - Summer 2015

 

Website

wou.edu/education/projectall

Western Region Interpreter Education Center
(WRIEC) Grant

WRIEC is dedicated to the provision of effective education and professional development opportunities to interpreters, educators, deaf consumers and rehabilitation personnel. WRIEC is a collaboration of Western Oregon University (WOU) and El Camino College (ECC) with services emanating from both campuses. WRIEC is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Administration. Its regional service area focuses on the Western United States and includes Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. WRIEC is a proud member of the National Consortium of Interpreter Education Centers (NCIEC). Find us on Facebook: Western Region Interpreter Education Center.

Affiliated Faculty

CM Hall (WOU)

Dr. Cheryl Davis (WOU)

Pauline Annarino
(El Camino College)

 

Duration

5 years (10/2010-9/2015)

 

Website:

wou.edu/wriec and
interpretereducation.org

pepnet 2
Grant
pepnet 2 strives to enhance the capacity of the full range of postsecondary education and training options available for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing, including those with co-occurring disabilities to serve this diverse student population. The mission is to increase the education, career and lifetime choices available to individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing through live, one-on-one assistance in a variety of communication modes; in-person and online training; and materials that are downloadable, printable or available as hardcopies. As part of this collaborative effort, the National Center on Deafness at California State University, Northridge contracts with WOU to provide personnel development.

Affiliated Faculty

Heather Holmes

Dr. Cheryl Davis

 

Duration

5 years (10/2011-9/2016)

(contract, annual renewal)

 

Website

www.pepnet.org

American
Sign Language/
English
Interpreting
(ASLEI)
Grant

The American Sign Language/English Interpreting major is designed to prepare graduates to enter the interpreting field as professionals who make significant contributions to the service delivery team. The program combines classes in language development, linguistics, sociology, anthropology, education and professional practices, as well as interpreting theory, technique, and the application of knowledge and skills to interpreting performance. The program has received grant funding from the Office of Special Education Programs to provide financial support to students who intend to work with deaf children in educational settings. The funding also provides opportunities for mentoring during the students’ first year of employment.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Elisa Maroney

Amanda Smith

Pamela Cancel

Sarah Hewlett

Erin Trine

Dr. Cheryl Davis

 

Duration

5 years (10/2011-9/2016)

 

Website

wou.edu/interpreting

Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf
and Hard of
Hearing
Adults
(RCDHHA)
Grant
The Rehabilitation Counseling with Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Adults (RCDHHA) program is a 9-credit, month-long summer academic certificate program run on the campus of Western Oregon University. The goal of the program is to improve the employment and independent living status of deaf and hard-of-hearing people by increasing the number of rehabilitation professionals and their community partners nationwide who have the necessary knowledge and communication skills to serve this population. Participants take American Sign Language, an orientation to deafness, and vocational rehabilitation service provision. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the US Department of Education provides funding to defray the expense of participating in the program for participants in exchange for employment in a qualifying setting.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Cheryl Davis

Sheila Hoover

Kara Gournaris

Brent Redpath

Wendy Stanley

Mike Olivier

Carol Yetter

Mitch Turbin

Dr. Julia Smith

 

Duration

5 years (10/2014-9/2019)

 

Website

www.wou.edu/rcdhha

Teach Oregon
Grant
This grant is available to WOU education and pre-education majors. The grant amount is up to $4,000* annually and is not based on financial need. Students who receive a federal TEACH Grant must complete a service obligation by serving as a highly-qualified teacher in a designated high-need field at a low-income school for four years within eight years of completing a TEACH Grant eligible program.

Affiliated WOU Department

Office of Financial Aid

 

Duration

Ongoing

 

Website

www.wou.edu/student/finaid

Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling (RMHC) Grant
The RMHC program offers three tracks: 1) Rehabilitation Counseling (RC) option: Graduates of this option provide counseling and consultative services to the general population of persons who have disabilities; 2) Rehabilitation Counseling for the Deaf (RCD) option: one of three deafness specialty programs in the United States. Graduates plan to seek employment as counselors or consultants for culturally Deaf people, deafened individuals, and persons who are hard-of-hearing; and 3) mental health counseling (MHC) track: graduates of this track are eligible to seek licensure as a licensed professional counselor nationwide in mental health settings. The Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA) under the US Department of Education provides funding to support students in the program in exchange for employment in a qualifying setting.

Affiliated Faculty

Dr. Chungfan Ni

Dr. Julia Smith

Dr. Amber Feist

Kim Poage

Dr. Cheryl Davis

 

Duration

5 years (10/2014-9/2019)

 

Website

wou.edu/rehab

 

Contact

College of Education 503-838-8471 | or e-mail: education@wou.edu
Location: Ed 202H