CDC Children Help in Annual Food Drive
March 2, 2013
Once again, the TRICDC classrooms worked to gather food for the Governor's Annual Food Drive. All throughout February the children brought in a whopping 199 pounds of food for families in Polk County. During the month, teachers focused on how the food would help hungry families in their community.
NCDB Work Highlighted
Jan 10, 2013
The National Consortium on Deaf Blindness (NCDB), the Kansas Deaf Blind Project, and the Kansas Schools for the Deaf and Blind were recognized in the Family Center on Technology and Disability Newsletter for their innovative use of technology as a means of providing distance mentoring to those who work with low-incidence populations.
The article describes the technology tools they use and the challenges they've both overcome and still need to address as they refine their distance mentoring model. View article.
Early Childhood/Early Intervention Symposium
April 5, 2013
64 participants from the field of early childhood education attended the first Early Childhood/Early Intervention Symposium presented by the Center on Inclusion. Sessions included the state of early childhood education, embedded instruction, massage intervention for children with autism and Down Syndrome, mastery motivation, The Oregon Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) and much more.
Improving Child Care in Oregon
Jan. 20, 2013
The Center on Inclusion (COI) has worked for the past two years to lay the groundwork for implementing a process to improve child care. Over the past several years, Oregon has made supporting the quality of child care a priority through its public-private partnerships.
To expand this initiative, Oregon was recently awarded an Early Learning Challenge - Race to the Top Grant. One of the many things this grant will support is the continued development of a Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). The QRIS will be a means of assessing, improving, and communicating the level of quality of an Early Learning and Development Program. Under the leadership of COI, these tiered standards of quality have undergone extensive review, feedback and revision by a diverse and experienced group of care and education experts from around the state. The next step, targeted to begin in January 2013, is the field test of the new quality standards