Dr. Serra Acar is a Project Coordinator at The Research Institute (TRI). Dr. Acar works on projects with an early intervention/early childhood special education (EI/ECSE) focus. Serra received her Ph.D. in Early Intervention Program from the University of Oregon and her master's in Birth-Kindergarten: Interdisciplinary Studies in Education and Development (BK:ISED) from University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Serra's primary areas of expertise are family-centered practices, culturally and linguistically responsive assessment approaches, and personnel preparation in EI/ECSE. She has over 10 years of experience in the field.
Serra is the project coordinator of Project EF: Executive Function in Infants and Toddlers Born Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Preterm. Serra has presented at numerous national and state conferences and is very involved with the Division of Early Childhood (DEC). Serra is the elected Member-at-Large to the DEC Executive Board and a liaison for DEC’s diversity council, VOICES. She is also serving as Oregon Ambassador for the the Early Childhood Technical Assistance (ECTA) Center’s aRPy project. At the state level, she serves as an active member for Oregon DEC and Oregon Higher Education Consortium. When not working, she enjoys painting, reading, cooking, and spending quality time with her family.
Project Director Project PEPI, Project Executive Function, and Co-PI Project PIECE
Patricia is a Senior Fellow at Western Oregon University (WOU), and at TRI, works through the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE) and the Center on Early Learning. At WOU, Dr. Blasco is the Project Director for Project PEPI to infuse inclusion curricula into coursework at the community college level in the state of Oregon. She is CO-PI on Project PIECE, a five year professional development project to recruit, retain, and graduate Early Childhood Education/Early Intervention scholars from underrepresented backgrounds. Both of these projects are funded by the U. S. Department of Education: Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). She is Project Director of Project EF: Executive Function in Infants and Toddlers Born Low Birth Weight (LBW) and Preterm is funded for three years by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR). The study will follow infants and toddlers born LBW who do not have major medical conditions, and babies born full term without known delays. In addition, she is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Oregon Health & Science University. When not working, she enjoys riding her horse, running, reading, and enjoying time with family.
Aaron is a Financial Specialist at TRI. He earned his baccalaureate of science in 1987 from Western Oregon State College with a major in law enforcement and minor in business administration. Aaron's primary expertise is program and financial management. He has worked in the field managing programs in the areas of military service, criminal justice and early childhood for 25 years. Aaron started at TRI in 2013 as a Grants Financial Specialist. When not working, Aaron enjoys playing golf, wine tasting and hiking the red rocks of Sedona Arizona.
21st Century Community Learning Center Project Director and Early Learning Specialist
Candice (Candi) Scott is the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Project Director for the Center for Educator Preparation and Effectiveness and an Early Learning TA Specialist with the Center on Early Learning. She earned her MS in Counseling and BA in Elementary Education from Oregon State University. She has served as an instructor and head teacher at Oregon State University's Child Development Center, as a Head Start teacher, and as an elementary teacher in the Corvallis, Lebanon, and Hermiston school districts. She has worked in the field for over 25 years.
Candi began working at TRI in 2013 as a TA Specialist for Central Coordination of Child Care Resource & Referral. Since then, she has worked as a TA Specialist for Oregon's QRIS and is the Project Director of Oregon's 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant with ODE.
When not working, Candi enjoys spending time with her husband and sons -- a junior at Western Oregon and a freshman at Oregon State University. She's also been playing women's slowpitch softball in Corvallis for the past 25 years -- including unsuccessfully trying to retire for the past three years.
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