Services: Professional Development

Professional Development

We have a long, successful history in the development and implementation of quality professional development in Oregon and across the country.  TRI actively provides professional development to educators, administrators, partners and families incorporating adult learning strategies to increase participants knowledge and ability to implement identified skills.

We incorporate the definition for professional development, as outlined by the Learning Forward organization and as it applies to the Every Student Succeeds Act, which was recently signed into law (December 10, 2015).

The term ‘professional development' means activities that are an integral part of school and local educational agency strategies for providing educators (including teachers, principals, other school leaders, specialized instructional support personnel, paraprofessionals, and early childhood educators) with the knowledge and skills necessary to enable students to succeed in a well-rounded education and to meet the challenging State academic standards.

We ensure that the scope of work is always kept in the forefront of all professional development delivery, follow-up, as well as evaluative data processes and procedures.

Services and Skills

  • Professional Development that is designed using evidence-based best practices and is culturally relevant.
  • Professional Development that is structured to promote connections between theory, research, and practice.
  • Professional Development that is sustained, intensive, job-embedded, data-driven, and classroom-focused.
  • Professional Development that is regularly evaluated for effectiveness, increased student or audience knowledge levels, and improved program outcomes.

Selected Projects

21st Century Community Learning Centers

Oregon's 21st Century Community Learning Centers (21st CCLC), which provide out-of-school programs for students, serve 22 school districts and have 97 sites serving children and families. The Research Institute (TRI) has partnered with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to provide technical assistance, training, and web-based support for 21st CCLC programs.


Developing Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leaders in Oregon (DEMILO) is a collaboration between WOU, the Willamette Education Service District, and the Oregon Coast STEM Hub designed to recruit, support, and prepare 60 K-8 teachers, over a 3-year period, to earn the TSPC Elementary Mathematics Instructional Leader Specialization.

Project PIECE

Promoting Inclusion in Early Childhood Educators (PIECE) provides training and mentoring supports to under-represented early childhood educators to receive an initial teaching license resulting in a Bachelor's degree with an endorsement in early intervention/early childhood special education added at the graduate level.

Post-School Outcomes

A collaboration between TRI and the Oregon Department of Education on Post School Outcomes began in 2004 when The Research Institute received a Federal Grant to design and build the system to track educational and employment outcomes for special education students leaving Oregon’s high schools.

The Research Institute : Western Oregon University : 345 N. Monmouth Ave. : Monmouth, OR 97361
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