Preparing Early Childhood Educators for Inclusion

Posted on July 11, 2016

By Carol Dennis

Making early childhood education effective for every child, one new educator at a time

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They sat around a long row of tables, representing faculty from six Oregon community colleges and staff from TRI. They were gathering for the last official time as a group of educators focused on the same mission - infusing into the Early Childhood Education (ECE) curriculum at their institutions the strategies needed to serve all of Oregon’s children, including those with diverse abilities.

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TRI Presents at 18th National Symposium on Teacher Induction

Posted on February 29, 2016

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The Research Institute's Mary Ellen Dello Stritto, Ph.D. and Christina Reagle, Ed.D., joined by Tanya Frisendahl, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education, presented at the 18th National Symposium on Teacher Induction. The 2016 symposium took place on February 21-23, in Seattle, Washington.

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TRI Staff Present at Oregon Head Start Association/Parent Leadership Conference

Posted on January 15, 2016

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Serra AcarTRI's Patricia Blasco, Amber Ryerson, and Serra Acar presented at this year's Oregon Head Start Association/Parent Leadership Conference. This conference brings together parents from around the state to provide training on a variety of topics. Topics include information to serve on boards including parliamentary procedure, advocating on behalf of children, financial literacy, health, and safety.

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What Do Cookies Have to Do with Safe Teen Drivers?

Posted on September 16, 2015

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It was a Saturday morning in mid-September and the usually quiet weekend at The Research Institute at Western Oregon University drew a dozen people from across the state, all on the same mission.

These Trainers of Trainers (TOTs) were gathering to continue laying the groundwork that turns new drivers into safe drivers, through the Traffic Safety Education (TSE) program.

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TRI Recruiting Babies for Study of Executive Function

Posted on September 2, 2015

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The Research Institute at Western Oregon University, in partnership with the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), is in the process of recruiting babies, age 6-8 months, born low birth weight and those born full term. These babies and their families will participate in a study on Executive Function in infants and toddlers born Low Birth Weight (LBW). Here's the recruitment information.

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Let’s Talk: Early Childhood Inclusion in Oregon

Posted on August 21, 2015

Child blowing bubblesFor the second year in a row, The Research Institute at Western Oregon University was proud to partner with the College of Education to host the Early Childhood Inclusion Summer Institute, August 12 - 14. This three-day event brings together families, preservice and practicing teachers, as well as service providers from around the state to join in the conversation - Let’s Talk: Early Childhood Inclusion in Oregon.


"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
                                                                                       ~Helen Keller~

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Western Oregon University to Offer Course in Peer Education in Sexual Wellness

Posted on July 20, 2015


Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice—Campus Against Sexual Assault (the WOU CASA grant)—the Western Oregon University Theatre Department is able to offer the course Peer Education in Sexual Wellness.

Relying heavily on theater and other participatory forms of activism, students in this course will learn how to engage the Western Oregon University community in areas concerning consent and interpersonal violence such as sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking. This knowledge can be taken out into the community for the purpose of creating social change.

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