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July 2016



Preparing Early Childhood Educators for Inclusion


by Carol Dennis

PEPI Logo: PEPI in block letters above the words Preparing Early Childhood Professionals for Inclusion
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.
The occasion was the final meeting of Project PEPI - Preparing Early Childhood Professionals for Inclusion, a four-year project headed by TRI's Patricia Blasco, Ph.D., and funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP - a division of the US Department of Education).

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TRI's Tom Udell Honored by the Oregon Early Learning Council

Lynne Angland Award Recipients Include TRI's Tom Udell

Tom Udell


Tom Udell has dedicated his 30-year career to the field of early learning and his work is recognized throughout Oregon and the nation. In a time when there were very few men working with young children, he launched his career as a teacher at TRI's Child Development Center and later became its director.







Welcoming New Staff to TRI

Please join us in welcoming Carey Gilbert and Annie Friedman

Carey Gilbert



TRI welcomes Carey Gilbert into the position of Co-Director of TRI's Child Development Center.



Annie Friedman


TRI welcomes Annie Friedman as the new Project Coordinator for the Career Mentoring grant, funded through the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission.



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