The Center on Early Learning
About Center on Early Learning
Improve the quality of care and education available to all young
children and their families in order to promote optimal development and
full inclusion in their family, community and society through:
- Research, development and demonstration of effective practices and innovative models of care and education.
- Professional development, technical assistance and dissemination of
effective practices and innovative models of service to practitioners in
the fields of Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special
- Systems change and policy development in Early Childhood Education
and Early Childhood Special Education that creates access to quality
service and promotes positive outcomes for young children and families at
the local, state and national level.
Our History Mirrors the History of TRIThe Research Institute (TRI- formerly Teaching Research), 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.
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.
We promote practices that have a positive impact for young
children and families.
Our Center is dedicated to the
development and dissemination of practices that enhance quality of life,
maintain human dignity and are responsive to children and families goals. To accomplish this we:
- obtain input from families at all levels of design and development of our
- promote models of service that are family
centered and family guided.
- promote models of service that are responsive to
the developmental needs of children and address the whole child
including the social/cultural context in which children live.
- promote models of service that emphasize the inclusion
of children with disabilities in their natural least
- affirm diversity in all aspects of our work.
- promote models of service that teach young
children in their native language while providing instruction in English.
We use current and reliable research and literature to guide
Our Center is dedicated to the
dissemination of practices that are empirically validated. We seek to:
- promote practices that are historically and
currently supported in the literature.
- utilize all available empirically valid
documentation in determining practices to be disseminated.
- promote practices that have been used effectively
in our own demonstration efforts.
- promote practices supported by professional
organizations within the respective field.
We use proven professional development practices and strategies
in all dissemination and training activities.
Our Center is dedicated to utilizing
proven practices and strategies in order to provide high quality professional
development opportunities. To accomplish
- provide training that goes beyond the acquisition
of knowledge to the development of skills and change in values.
- design training activities that are responsive to
adult learner characteristics and
differing cultural backgrounds.
- utilize the systematic approach to the
development of training that is documented in the The Research
Inservice Model (TRIM).
- provide training in the native language of the
We work together as a team utilizing each staff person’s
expertise in process and content.
Our Center functions on a team model,
which capitalizes on each staff member’s strengths and interests. To accomplish this we:
- meet regularly both formally and informally to
discuss common issues, problem solve, report progress and provide
professional support to one another.
- support individual staff members to develop
expertise within professional areas of interest common to the fields of
early childhood and training.
- use a consensus approach for making significant
decisions effecting Center projects.
- function in various roles across multiple
projects determined by staff member’s interests, expertise, and/or project
We strive to influence policy and practice in Early
Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education.
Our Center is dedicated to sharing
knowledge, project findings and resources to influence policy and practice in
the field. To accomplish this we:
- serve on national, regional and local groups.
- are members of professional organizations.
- publish in professional journals.
- present at state and national conferences.
Meet the CEL Staff
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