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Teaching Research Institute News and Events - 2012

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National Deaf-Blind Child Count

Dec. 10, 2012

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The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness recently published its 26th annual National Deaf-Blind Child Count. This report contains information gathered from state deaf-blind projects throughout the country, the Pacific Trust territories, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. In addition to serving as a data-collection and reporting tool, the report helps to identify technical assistance needs for children and youth who are deaf-blind, their families and the service providers and systems which serve them. For more on the history and significance of the national Child Count, see the Deaf-Blind Services Network blog.

Center on Inclusion Workshop for PICCE trainers and coaches

Nov 15, 2012

PICCE workshop

21 trainers and coaches gathered at WOU as part of the Partnerships for Inclusive Child Care and Education Project, on Nov. 9th. These participants will be training and coaching staff from child care centers in eight regions in Oregon.

red line National Conference on Charge Syndrome and Usher Syndrome

Nov 4, 2012

On June 30, 2013, the New York Deaf-Blind Collaborative (NYDBC) hosted national conference calls in Spanish for parents who have children with Usher Syndrome and children with CHARGE syndrome.

The main purpose of the Spanish conference calls was to provide support to the families who might be isolated in different areas of the country, where they do not have access to information in their own language or an opportunity to meet other families who have children who are visually and hearing impaired either due to Usher Syndrome or CHARGE Syndrome.

red line HK Fellows

Sept. 20, 2012

HK Fellows at conference in DC

The Helen Keller Fellows Project, an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) sponsored personnel preparation grant, culminates after four remarkable years of supporting leadership in the field of deaf blindness. The overall goal of this project was to create a cadre of 38 geographically dispersed educators to learn and network with professional experts and state directors in the field of deaf blindness. However, the end result is 43 highly trained individuals are now prepared with the skills and knowledge to become leaders in the field of deaf-blindness.

The fourth and final Helen Keller cohort met for a face-to-face seminar at the 2012 OSEP Project Directors' Conference in Washington DC during July. According to project director, Dr. Christina Reagle, HK Fellows represent 11 universities across the country and have completed internships in 26 different states, including Alaska and Hawaii.

The accomplishments of these amazing individuals include:

  • Five Fellows currently teaching university classes in deaf-blindness
  • One Fellow being awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in the field of deafness in Italy
  • Two Fellows awarded doctoral degrees and six currently in doctoral programs
  • One Fellow works in Nanjing, China where for the first time the school will include students with moderate/severe disabilities because of her skills.
  • Several Fellows have assisted with the Usher Syndrome and CHARGE Syndrome Technical Assistance and Conference planning
  • One Fellow is currently a senior teacher at the Kelston Deaf Education Centre in Auckland, New Zealand
  • And, one Fellow has published in the Journal for Vision Impairment and Blindness

Congratulations to all the HK Fellows!

red line CPD Alumni of the Year: John Killoran

June 7, 2012

John Killoran picture

For the past 34 years, John Killoran has been instrumental in improving services for children with disabilities and their families. His career has encompassed roles as a paraprofessional, a teacher, a principal, a state agency program director and a national technical assistance provider. In recognition of his service he was named the Center for Persons with Disabilities' 2012 Alumni of the Year.

red line TRI Staff Recognized for Service

June 15, 2012

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On Saturday, June 16, members of the TRI staff were recognized at the WOU Faculty and Staff Recognition Breakfast. The six individuals have a combined 120 years of service.

  • TRI Director Dr. Ella Taylor - 10 years
  • Laurel Cuthbertson - 15 years
  • Peggy Malloy - 15 years
  • Pattie Johnson - 25 years
  • Brian Johnson - 25 years
  • Mark Schalock - 30 years

The Teaching Research Institute has a long tradition of retaining highly qualified professionals.

Orientation for Community Colleges

May 25, 2012

The Center on Inclusion welcomed faculty from three Oregon Community Colleges to an orientation and planning meeting for the Paraprofessional Preparation for Improvement Program (PAPI) project on June 4th. The orientation, which was held at WOU began a process of enhancing or developing coursework to enable paraprofessionals currently working toward an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) to work with young children with disabilities.

 Patti Blasco

Dr. Patti Blasco is the principal investigator and Tom Udell is project coordinator for this four year project. More on PAPI.

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CASA - Stalking Awareness Month

Feb. 2, 2012

Abbys House meeting

Abby's House in conjunction with The Campus Against Sexual Assault (CASA) Project will hold two presentations on stalking and ways to deal with it during February.

The CASA Project, which operates out of the Teaching Research Institute, is a part of a US Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women grant. The project works to provide a safe, respectful campus environment for all students, staff, and faculty. Two major components of the grant are to expand victim assistance services and resources and to increase awareness and understanding about rape myths, sexual assault on college campuses, and domestic violence issues.

For information about Abby's House and upcoming events, visit the Events Page on their website.

NCDB logo NCDB update: Intervener Training Modules

Dec. 21, 2012

The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) is currently engaged in a national effort to design and implement a series of online modules in order to provide all states access to high-quality, accessible intervener training materials. Interveners are individuals, typically paraprofessionals, who receive specialized training in deaf-blindness in order to provide intervener services to children and youth who are deaf-blind. NCDB is partnering with members of the deaf-blind network, as well as experts who are outside the field of deaf-blindness who have expertise in module development, to produce and evaluate a foundational set of training modules by the end of June 2013.

More on Intervener Training Modules.

red line Welcome New Employees

Nov 12, 2012

The Center on Inclusion and Early Childhood Care & Education welcomes Robyn Lopez Melton and Melissa Gritz.

Robyn Lopez Melton

Robyn Lopez Melton has worked in early childhood for nine years in a variety of settings including a resource and referral agency and a relief nursery. Additionally, Robyn served as the President of the Central Oregon chapter of The Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children (OAEYC).

Robyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from OSU Cascades campus with a dual major in liberal studies and international studies. She is a Master Trainer through the Oregon Registry at PSU providing training in both English and Spanish.

Melissa Grita

Melissa Gritz is a Master Trainer in the Oregon Registry. Melissa will be assisting with the implementation of Oregon's Quality Rating Improvement Scale as well as providing workshops and professional development in a variety of early childhood areas throughout the state. She received her graduate certificate in Infant and Toddler Mental Health from Portland State University and her bachelor's degree in Human Development from Washington State University.

red line TRI-CDC Partnerships

Sept 26, 2012

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There is an old African proverb that says, "It takes a village to raise a child." In modern terms we can say "It takes a community to raise a child."

The TRI - Child Development Center is motivated and empowered to work together with our community, fellow schools, and business to help children and families thrive. When collaborations are made to support learning and positive environments for children and families, not only is the child successful, but the quality support and information to families is strong.

Week of the Young Child parade

The TRI Child Development Center (TRI-CDC) is currently collaborating with three main partners; Willamette Educational Service District (WESD) , Polk County Partners for Young Children (PPFYC) and the Center on Inclusion and Early Childhood Care & Educations (COI).

red line Oregon Deafblind Project Workshops

July 1, 2012

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The Oregon Deafblind Project sponsored three workshops in May for students and professionals working in the field. Topics included assessment and program development presented by Robbie Blaha from the Deafblind Outreach Project at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired.

Other workshops included Movement and Sound presented by Kathy Arquette and Lin Bauer; and an overview of deafblindness presented by Lyn Ayer, the director of the Oregon Deafblind Project.

red line Improving Services for Children with Deaf-blindness

June 16, 2012

Intervener working with children

In October 2011, as part of 2-year extension of funding, The National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB) was asked by the Department of Education′s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to provide recommendations for the improvement of intervener services for children with deaf-blindness. Intervener services are provided by an intervener, typically a paraprofessional, who has received specialized training in deaf-blindness and works one-on-one with an infant, child, or youth who is deaf-blind.

More about interveners.

red line State Agency Grant Product Award

April 15, 2012

Center for Brain Injury Research and Training

CBIRT was awarded the Most Popular State Agency Grant Product Award at the Fourteenth Annual Health Resources and Services Administration Federal Traumatic Brain Injury Program Leadership Meeting held March 22-23, 2012 in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. The award was given for our Fact of the Matter Research Brief, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion: An Overview.

  TRI Staff Award

Dec. 20, 2012

Benton County Service Award

Dr. John Reiman, Associate Research Professor/Fellow, was awarded the Distinguished Service Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award for his service to the Benton County Sheriff's office. His Distinguished Service Award notes that "Dr. John Reiman distinguished himself through his skill as a mental health professional and his genuine interest and support of Benton County Sheriff's office deputies and staff. John helped the Office navigate several simultaneous incidents, ensuring the BCSA grew from each adverse event. It is with heartfelt thanks that we recognize John with this Distinguished Service Award."

red line Technology for Persons Who are Deafblind

Oct. 4, 2012

Anindya Bhattacharyya

Anindya “Bapin” Bhattacharyya from the Helen Keller National Center (HKNC) presented a workshop on Technology solutions for persons who are deafblind. Being a consumer who is himself deafblind, Bapin shared information on a wide variety of equipment and software that he uses or knows about. This workshop was co-sponsored by the Oregon Deafblind Project. More on Bapin's presentation.

red line HK Fellows

Sept. 20, 2012

HK Fellows at conference in DC

The Helen Keller Fellows Project, an Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) sponsored grant, ends after four remarkable years of supporting leadership in the field of deaf blindness. The end result of this project is 43 highly trained individuals are now prepared with the skills and knowledge to become leaders in the field of deaf-blindness.

More on the HK Fellows.

red line TRI Awarded New Grant!

Sept. 20, 2012

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Parent Delivered Massage for Young Children with Autism: A Research Study

The Teaching Research Institute has received a three-year award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Maternal and Child Health Bureau for $842,382 to conduct research on parent-delivered massage for young children with autism. The award extends research conducted through the Teaching Research Institute that has focused on the impact of parental massage on young children with special needs.

red line Parent Learning Weekend - 2012

August 14, 2012

parent at technology session

The Oregon Deafblind Project hosted its third annual Parent Learning Weekend at the beautiful Oregon Garden Resort and Conference Center. The event was planned by the Parent Leader group, and hosted by the project with fiscal support from the Oregon Department of Education. The agenda focused on technology (both high and low), with informative sessions, as well as displays and informational briefs from Access Technologies Inc. The 18 parents also attended sessions on IEP related topics, and on ways to strengthen home-school relationships.

red line Funding Opportunity for Middle and High School Teachers

June 14, 2012

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Project SITE (Students Involved with Their Environment) is an EPA-funded grant focused on environmental stewardship through inquiry based service learning projects for middle and high school students. Rural and high-need middle and high schools in a four-state region (Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington) can apply for $2,000 to $5,000 to carry out service learning projects in their communities that focus on climate change or protecting America's waters.

red line Evaluation Research Group Office at TRI

June 13, 2012

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Since its inception, ERGO has contracted with clients across a broad geographic and professional spectrum providing rigorous, client responsive evaluations and needs assessments generating information and evidence on which to make decisions. Key to this is intensive work with clients to clarify, focus, and finalize what it is they want to know and/or be able to do with findings. More about ERGO.

red line TRI Staff Awards

March 24, 2012

Cindi Mafit

Cindi Mafit from the TRI Grants Management Office has been awarded the Financial Management Certificate from the Society of Research Administrators after completing professional development on the financial management of sponsored program activity and financial and compliance management systems. The certificate provides an understanding of the regulatory foundation for the direct and indirect costing of sponsored program activity, financial management decision-making and system development.

Ingrid Amerson

Ingrid Amerson has been awarded the Director's Credential from the Oregon Center for Career Development and Childhood Care and Education at Portland State University. The credential meets NAEYC qualifications for a Program Administrator and certifies excellence in organizational management, financial management, human resources, facility management and communication.

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New Grant Award

March 13, 2012

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CEPE is proud to announce Project SITE (Students Involved with Their Environment). As part of this two-year project, 20 to 30 rural, high-need middle and high schools in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington will submit proposals to carry out service learning projects in their communities that focus on climate change or protecting America's waters.

Bonnie Morihara

Dr. Bonnie Morihara is Director this two-year environmental education project funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

red line TRI-Child Development Center Awarded Prestigious OPQ

Feb 2, 2012

The TRI-Child Development Center successfully completed the Oregon Program of Quality (OPQ). According to director Ingrid Amerson, "We are very proud and excited to have achieved OPQ Designation for our child care program."

Ingrid Amerson with OPQ Award

The OPQ process enhances and recognizes the quality of child care programs, resulting in a state designation as a quality program.

More about OPQ. (Opens new window)

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