Our mission at the Teaching Research Institute (TRI) is to inform and facilitate change in educational and human service systems that improves the quality of life for individuals.
To attain this vision, TRI conducts a comprehensive multi-disciplinary program of research, evaluation, program/model training, development, technical assistance, direct service, and dissemination serving both typical and special populations of all ages at the local, state, regional, and national levels.
TRI is guided by partnerships with consumers, families, and practitioners and measures the effectiveness of its work by the impact on their lives.
The Teaching Research Institute (TRI), established in the early 1960s as a research and development arm of the Oregon University System’s (OUS) Chancellor’s Office, has historically followed a course congruent with state and national issues in education and human services. In 1989, TRI was transferred from the OUS to Western Oregon University (WOU) and has since become an integral part of the campus community.
Throughout its history TRI has been a facilitator of educational and human service improvement with a national reputation in the field of education. TRI has fostered close working relationships with many schools, districts and teacher education programs. Although its foundation was in educational research, teacher education and instructional technology, a focus on special education in the mid 1970’s led TRI to its continued national prominence in early childhood special education and services to students with deaf-blindness.
TRI staff are housed in two locations on the WOU campus, in historic Todd Hall and in Maaske Hall. In addition, TRI has project offices in New York, Massachusetts, Kansas, and Tennessee. Current work continues to align with local, state and national issues in regular and special education, as well as human services. TRI projects are working in every state within the country, as well as Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and the Pacific Basin.
Many of TRI's staff are located in historic Todd Hall, which recently celebrated it's 100th anniversary. The building was originally used as a dormitory for women on WOU's campus. Click to view a video tour of the history of Todd Hall.