Nov. 22, 2013
Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System's first batch of early childhood programs to receive their star rating were honored by the Early Learning Council during their November meeting. Council Chair, Pam Curtis read a letter from Governor Kitzhaber during the recognition that thanked and congratulated these first quality rated programs. Programs in attendance posed for pictures as they received their designation materials from Pam Curtis and Jada Rupley, Oregon's Early Learning Systems Director.red line
Nov. 4, 2013Jada Rupley at presentation
Jada Rupley, Oregon's Early Learning Systems director, announced the names of the first 13 programs receiving star ratings for the Oregon Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS) at the OregonAEYC Fall Conference in Portland on Oct. 11. The QRIS, which is a part of the Early Learning Challenge - Race to the Top grant is a means of assessing, improving, and communicating the level of quality of early childhood care and education providers in Oregon.
The QRIS staff from the TRI Center on Inclusion was recognized for their work in developing and field testing the process by Dawn Woods, a Quality Improvement manager at the Office of Child Care at the Oregon Department of Education.
Oct. 21, 2013Lyn Ayer, Director of the Oregon Deafblind Project
Lyn Ayer, Director of the Oregon Deafblind Project answers questions about the services and support provided by her project and by the National Center on Deaf-Blindness during an interview with OPB on Oct. 15th.
Listen to the interview.
Oct. 11, 2013
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) has awarded the Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University a five-year, $10,500,000 grant to operate the National Center on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). The center will serve as a national hub for professional development, resources, and information to serve children who are deaf-blind, their families, educators and other professionals that serve them.Jay Gense
D. Jay Gense, NCDB director, notes that the new national center will “positively impact the lives of children and students (ages 0-21) who are deaf-blind, as well as their families, across the nation. Deaf-blindness is the lowest of all low incidence disabilities in the United States. Serving the needs of children who are deaf-blind is highly specialized, and we are proud to receive this funding from the U.S. Department of Education to provide needed national resources.”
Workshops & Presentations
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Oct. 28, 2013
Are You Ready? Preparing for Oregon's QRIS.
This presentation by Tom Udell and Dana bleakney introduced Oregon's Quality Improvement and Rating System (QRIS) which will soon go statewide. Participants left with an understanding of their roles in supporting center and family-based child care programs to become a part of the QRIS.
Including Children with Disabilities in Early Childhood Programs
Mandy Stanley and Cori Browness hosted an interactive workshop on how to include and support young children with disabilities in early childhood care and education programs, including family child care. The session included concepts that make inclusion work, the benefits and challenges of inclusion, and tips for developing and maintaining an inclusive program.
QRIS Standard for Curriculum…Aligning Your Curriculum with QRIS Standards presented by Tom Udell and Cori Brownell.
During this workshop, participants learned about the requirements and how to clearly align their current (non-preapproved) curriculum to QRIS standards.
Oct. 11, 2013
On October 23rd NCDB (the "new" National Center on Deaf-Blindness) will be presenting in Washington DC to OSEP staff at a "kick-off" meeting for our new project. During this meeting we will be sharing our vision for the new project and for the national deaf-blind network, as well as negotiating our annual Cooperative Agreement. Presenters include NCDB Director, Jay Gense, and Project Coordinators, Amy Parker, Kathy McNulty and Gail Leslie.red line
Sept. 30, 2013
TRI faculty presented at the 2013 Fall Professional Learning Conference sponsored by the Confederation of Oregon School Administrators. The sessions and presenters are listed below.
Culturally Sensitive Evaluation including EI/ECSE
Dr. Martha Villegas Gutierrez (Education Evaluation Center), Robyn Lopez Melton (Center on Inclusion) and Martha Buenrostro (Oregon Department of Education) will focus on issues (e.g., acculturation, language proficiency, etc.) that need to be considered during evaluations for special education eligibility.
Quality Rating Improvement System
Tom Udell (Center on Inclusion) and Dawn Woods, Alan Garland, Nancy Johnson-Dorn (ODE) will share up-to-date information about Oregon's Quality Rating and Improvement System a component of the nationally awarded Race to the Top grant.
Pattie Johnson (Technology & Information Management Services), Charlotte Alverson (National Post-School Outcomes) and Sally Simich (ODE) will highlight information learned from the past three years of Oregon's post-school interviews with students with disabilities.
Sept. 16, 2013
In order to address the challenge of creating high-quality, open-access intervener training materials, the National Center on Deaf-Blindness has been deeply engaged over the past 6 months with parents of children who are deaf-blind and professionals with expertise in deaf-blindness to create an initial series of eight learning modules called “Open Hands, Open Access.” View introductory video on YouTube.Introducing Open Hands, Open Access video
The modules are being developed using a participatory process that involves 24 parent leaders, teachers, interveners, state deaf-blind project staff, and a university faculty member. Participatory methods like this for creating relevant learning materials for communities are not only respected by educational leaders around the world, they are a means of incorporating the wisdom, experiences, and passions of those who have been “walking the path” (Taylor, 2005).red line
Oct. 2, 2013
The North American Journal of Medicine and Science has published an article written by Louisa Silva, MD, and Mark Schalock from the Teaching Research Institute citing the need for more research on the link between tactile abnormalities and self-regulatory delays. Data was collected from 266 pre-school children with autism and typical development. This is both novel and important to the understanding of developmental delay in autism. In addition, the gap in current knowledge regarding the diagnostic evaluation of the sense of touch in young children with autism is reviewed, and data suggestive of signs of tactile impairment are presented.
WOU Campus Against Sexual Assault (CASA)
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Three years of funding have been received from the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women to expand prevention and education on sexual violence for all students on WOU's campus, with particular emphasis on incoming first-year students. CASA will expand services to survivors of sexual assault through Abby’s House, the campus resource and referral center. The program will also work to enhance sexual violence response services on campus though campus public safety and the office of student conduct, as well as strengthen partnerships with local community agencies.
Oregon Department of Education Mentoring Program
Two years of funding have been received to evaluate and assist with the Beginning Teacher and Administrator Mentoring Program through the Oregon Department of Education. ODE's mentoring program has expanded statewide and this project will be responsible for assessing the impact of mentoring on beginning teachers, administrators and their students.
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