TRI Podcast

TRI Podcast

Welcome to the TRI Podcast page. TRI produces two types of programs that explore the inner workings of the organization. 

"Within These Halls" is a series of interviews with TRI staff, exploring what inspires them to do the work they do. Please enjoy the interviews below.

The second program is our "Bagels and Bites: Simple Carbs - Complex Ideas." This series shares 30- to 60-minute professional development presentations in which our staff share their expertise with others at TRI. Topics range from closed captioning and accessibility to graphic design and resiliency at work.

We are glad to share with you these glimpses into the workings of TRI.

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Within These Halls

Within These Halls is a series of interviews exploring the people and work of The Research Institute (TRI) at Western Oregon University. 

A Conversation with Gary Glasenapp

Gary Glasenapp has been at TRI for more than 30 years, working mostly on projects that enhance the educational experiences for professionals, children, and families in early childhood education. Here, he talks about his years as a "trainer of trainers" throughout the state of Oregon.     Recorded: 4/18/16    Duration: 9:43

A conversation with Christina Reagle

Christina Reagle has been in education for more than 30 years, spending much of that time serving the educational system in rural Alaska. She has been with TRI since 2008, and currently serves as the Director of TRI's Center on Educator Preparation and Effectiveness (CEPE). In this interview, she talks about the many hats one wears in those small communities in Alaska, and how that contributed to her commitment to equity.     Recorded: 4/25/16   Duration: 8:55

A conversation with Mark Schalock

Mark Schalock has been with TRI for more than 35 years. In that time, he has used his expertise in evaluation and statistics to enhance and improve projects that support a better quality of life for thousands of people around the country, with a heartfelt focus on the deaf-blind community.   Recorded: 4/25/16    Duration: 10:39

A conversation with Pattie Johnson

This episode features Pattie Johnson, Director of TRI's Technology and Information Management Systems. Ms. Johnson has been with TRI for more than 20 years, and has played an integral part in developing and managing the data system that tracks the Oregon Department of Education Post School Outcomes for students with disabilities.                                         Recorded: 4/20/16       Duration: 9:46

A conversation with Tom Udell

Tom Udell is the Director of TRI's Center on Early Learning. He has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for more than 30 years, and was recently awarded the Lynne Angland award presented by the Oregon Early Learning Division. This interview explores Tom's passion for inclusion of children with disabilities in all aspects of early childhood education.                                   Recorded: 4/13/16       Duration: 10:44

A conversation with Patricia Blasco

This episode of Within These Halls is a conversation with Patricia Blasco, Ph.D., nationally and internationally known expert in early childhood development. In this interview she discusses her passion for inclusion strategies in early childhood education.                     Recorded: 4/11/16       Duration: 9:54

A conversation with Linda McDowell

On February 16, 2015, just two weeks after her arrival at TRI, I sat down with Dr. Linda McDowell to learn about the woman who now serves as the Director of TRI's Center on Deaf-Blindness (CDB). Housed within the Center on Deaf-Blindness are the Oregon Deaf-Blind Project and the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). Included in her position as Director of TRI's CDB is the responsibility of serving as Executive Director of NCDB - which coordinates and serves deaf-blind projects in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and the Pacific Island nations.                                                                                                           Recorded: 2/16/15    Duration: 16:24

*This interview took place just months before TRI changed its name from Teaching Research Institute to The Research Institute at Western Oregon University.

The words Bagels & Bites - simple carbs, complex ideas, on top of a plate of bagel and eggs

Bagels & Bites is a series of professional development workshops created by TRI staff.


In this edition of Bagels and Bites, TRI's Robbin Bull walks us through the basics of video captioning.

Accessibility on the Mind

Leanne Cook, Amanda Allen, and Jenna Beresheim takes us through what it means to create websites, documents, and multi-media that are accessible to people with low vision and/or hearing.

Project Management that Lets you Sleep at Night

TRI's Carol Dennis and Cheri Freedman share their experience and strategies for planning projects, large and small. They highlight two popular PM strategies - Waterfall and Agile, and the hybrid of the two.

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