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Teaching Research Institute

Teaching Research Institute Centers and Projects

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The Teaching Research Institute houses seven Centers focused on informing and facilitating change in educational and human service systems to improve the quality of life for all individuals. Funded through external grants, the Centers conduct programs of research, develop evidence-based interventions that are provided through technical assistance and professional development, and increase system capacity to effect change. The Centers focus on traumatic brain injury, early childhood special education, deaf-blindness, sensory disabilities, educational assessment, and program evaluation.

Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness

Campus Against Sexual Assault

CASA is funded through a 3-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women. Project goals are to provide a safe, respectful campus environment for all students, faculty and staff; to expand the victim assistance services and resources available to WOU students; and to increase campus and community awareness and understanding about rape myths, sexual assault on college campuses, the link between alcohol consumption and date rape, myths about intimate partner violence, and what each person can do to prevent violence.

Oregon Child Development Coalition

Scholarship support for OCDC Migrant Head Start staff which allows them to attend programs of study to meet federal Head Start teacher standards.

Oregon Mentoring Project

The Center on Educator Preparation and Effectiveness at The Teaching Research Institute is contracted by the Oregon Department of Education to evaluate the effectiveness of the Oregon Mentoring Program. The Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentoring Program was established by the state through the passage of the 2007 Legislature HB 2574 and further supported by the 2013 HB 3233.

Promoting Inclusion in Early Childhood Education (PIECE)

A joint venture between TRI and the College of Education at WOU to provide support for 45 early childhood educators to obtain bachelors degrees in early childhood education with a special endorsement in early intervention/early childhood special education.

ReadOregon: Collaborative for the Improvement of Literacy

Five Oregon public universities collaboratively offer an approved, online graduate-level literacy program.

Students Involved with Their Environment (SITE)

An EPA-funded grant that supports environmental stewardship through inquiry based service learning projects for middle and high school students in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.

Sustainable Practices for English Language Learners (SPELL)

Federal grant awarded to Western Oregon University with the focus on ESOL endorsements, coaching, and professional learning communities.

University/School Partnerships

Annual RFP and grant competition for university/school professional development projects funded by Title II-A.

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Center on Inclusion and Early Childhood Care & Education (COI)

Oregon Quality Rating and Improvement System

Program improvement for both individuals and facilities conducting childcare and education in the state of Oregon.

Preparing Early Childhood Professionals for Inclusion (PEPI)

The goal of PEPI is to improve the knowledge and skills of professionals currently working toward an Associate degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) to work with young children with disabilities.

Oregon Early Childhood Inclusion Collaborative (OECIC)

Project to increase state, regional and local capacity for serving young children ages 3 to 5 in typical settings by providing leadership in dissemination and implementing evidence-based practices.

Central Coordination of Child Care Resource and Referral

CCCCR&R provides statewide resources and support to parents and providers to help ensure quality child care for our youth.

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TRI Child Development Center

The Teaching Research Institute Child Development Center (TRI-CDC) has provided quality care and education to young children and their families for over 30 years. Our program serves families with children aged 30 months to 6 years from Western Oregon University and the surrounding community. The comprehensive program is designed to serve all children seeking preschool and/or child care services regardless of race, color, disability or health status.

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Education Evaluation Center

The Education Evaluation Center (EEC) was created by Oregon's Education superintendent in 1962 to address the needs of Oregon's individuals with disabilities. For over 50 years, the EEC has offered quality, comprehensive assessment services to individuals age three through adult. The EEC specializes in assessing an individual's disability as well as his or her functional skills, strengths, weaknesses, and capacities.

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Evaluation Research Group Office

Parent Delivered Massage Autism Research Study

A 3 year randomized control research study funded through Maternal and Child Health to further study the effects of parent delivered massage on the development of young children with autism.

Provision of internal project evaluation services across all TRI Centers

ERGO staff serve as project evaluators across numerous projects within TRI's seven centers.

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Center on Deaf-Blindness

National Center on Deaf-Blindness

As a national technical assistance center funded by the federal Department of Education, NCDB works to improve the quality of life for children who are deaf-blind and their families by: creating visibility and direction for identified priorities through a range of practices, activities, supports and partnerships; identifying and encouraging new innovations in local, state, and national practice and policy; promoting opportunity for reflection, debate, and constructive dialogue around ideas and developing practice; maintaining a rich repository of content, history, and knowledge, easily available and shared by all who are part of the community of deaf-blindness.

National Leadership Consortium in Sensory Disabilities (NLCSD)

NLCSD provides a unique doctoral study experience for qualified individuals committed to the education of infants, toddlers, children and youth who are deaf/hard of hearing, blind/visually impaired or deafblind.

Oregon Deafblind Family Services Project

A project to support families of children who are deaf-blind by providing information, resources and assisting with next steps.

Oregon Deafblind Project

The Oregon Deafblind Project is a Federally-funded Technical Assistance and Dissemination project. The Project provides technical assistance, training, and information to enhance services for children in Oregon who are deafblind. The project serves children from birth through age 21 years. Technical assistance and support to IEP teams serving students who are deafblind enables the teams to implement the highly specialized services needed in the provision of a free, appropriate, public education for learners who are deafblind, residing in Oregon.

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Technology & Information Management Services

Oregon Department of Education Special Education Data Services

Data analysis and reporting to the Oregon Department of Education, Office of Student Learning Partnerships and other offices.

Special Education Accountability and Reporting Systems (SPEDSIS)

A project to provide programming and data management support to SPEDSIS on their Nevada Dept of Education agreement.

Transition Outcomes Study

Development and Enhancement of Oregon’s Part B Outcomes Related to Post-Secondary Education and Employment and Methods to Collect and Analyze Outcome Indicator Data.


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