Welcome to the TRI: Telling Our Story blog. The Teaching Research Institute at Western Oregon University celebrates its 50th anniversary during the 2011 - 2012 academic year. To help launch this significant event, we have established a way to tell our story. Originally established in 1961 with a focus on educational research, TRI also focuses on evaluation, professional development, and technical assistance in education and human services. TRI has expertise in early childhood, deaf-blindness, traumatic brain injury, educator professional development, educational assessment, program evaluation, data analysis, information technology, and inclusive education.
TRI houses two national centers -- the National Center on Brain Injury Research & Training (CBIRT) and the National Consortium on Deaf-Blindness (NCDB). Also, located with TRI is the Education Evaluation Center, the Child Development Center, the Center on Inclusion and Early Childhood Care & Education (COI), and the Evaluation & Research Group.
To achieve our mission of informing and facilitating change in educational and human service systems that improve the quality of life for individuals, TRI is home to almost 50 different projects funded through 17 different funding sources. During the 2011 fiscal year, TRI managed over $6.8 million in federal, state, local and foundation funds. Over the course of its 50 years, TRI has successfully administered over $100 million received through competitive grants and contracts.