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TRI and Partners Awarded $500,000 Grant

Updated April 14, 2014

Western Oregon University, Central School District, Dallas School District, Falls City School District, and Perrydale School District, as part of the Mid-Willamette Valley Promise Consortium, Awarded $500,000 Grant

A consortium consisting of the Teaching Research Institute along with Central School District, Dallas School District, Falls City School District, and Perrydale School District was awarded a $500,000 grant by the Oregon Department of Education. The consortium, Mid-Willamette Valley Promise, will collaborate to expand the ways that high school students in Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties can participate in college-level classes, as well as earning college credits or certificates while attending high school. More information.

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Project SITE: Focus on Climate Change

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Students Involved with Their Environment (Project SITE) assists middle and high school students to engage in projects focusing on climate change or protecting our waters. As a recipient of a SITE grant, Mary Beth Tilson, a biology teacher from Delta High School in Richmond Washington, was selected to present at the Sustaining the Blue Planet Global Water Education Conference this June. Her sophomore students met with local biologists, cleaned a local creek, collected water quality data, and analyzed how individuals and businesses can affect the quality of nearby water. The SITE project is run by the Center on Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE) at TRI through a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.


TRI Awarded Grant to Close Opportunity Gaps for Students who are Culturally and/or Linguistically Diverse

The Oregon Department of Education recently awarded $200,000 to WOU's Teaching Research Institute and College of Education to support Project High Five - Culture, Collaboration, Commitment, Communication and Community. See Press Release for details.


Oregon Deaf-blind Project Supports Families

Learning that your child has a disability can be a challenging experience for many families. The Oregon Deafblind Project's Family Guide assists families by offering hope, helping to understand the needs of a child who is deaf-blind, assisting with next steps and offering resources along the way. More about the Oregon Deafblind Project's Family pages.


Project PEPI - Improving Early Education for All Children

Early childhood educators play a huge role in a child's development and education. Learning how to meet the needs of all children can be a challenging prospect. To this end, Preparing Early Childhood Professionals for Inclusion (PEPI) is working to provide prospective early childhood teachers with the support and knowledge to meet the needs of young children with disabilities in inclusive settings. More about PEPI

NCDB at CEC Convention

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Staff from the National Center on Deaf-Blindness contributed presentations and attended the Council for Exceptional Children's international conference in Philadelphia, PA this past week. The Council for Exceptional Children, which is the leading professional organization in special education, is comprised of divisions with specific areas of focus. This year, there was a special emphasis in direct service supports for students who are deaf-blind at the Division on Visual Impairments. Check out more information on presentations at the conference and to see the newly launched "deafblind" portal on the division's website.


Summer Institute flyer

The College of Education and the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University (WOU) are proud to announce the 1st Annual Early Childhood Inclusion Summer Institute to be held on the campus of WOU August 12-15, 2014. This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Kristie Pretti-Frontczak, an author, teacher, and advocate for all of our young children. The Early Childhood Inclusion Summer Institute brings together early childhood and early intervention/early childhood special education pre-service and practicing teachers, families of young children, K-4 teachers, as well as administrators for quality professional development, collaboration, and celebration around inclusion in early childhood.


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