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September 2016



A Profile in Caring - TRI's Tom Udell Recognized for His Life's Work in Early Childhood Education


by Carol Dennis


Tom Udell

He wanted to be a middle-school math teacher. That was the plan back in the 1980s when Tom Udell studied at Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University). But a stint as a teacher at the on-campus Child Development Center changed his mind. Now, more than thirty years later, the lives of thousands of children and their families have been improved because of his contributions to early childhood education across Oregon.





TRI's Center on Early Learning Hosts Dr. Chris Amirault


Dr. Chris Amirault

The Center on Early Learning Annual Conference 2016 welcomes keynote speaker, Dr. Chris Amirault. Dr. Amirault is currently an early childhood and non-profit leadership consultant living in Mérida, Mexico. He has served as the President of the Rhode Island NAEYC affiliate, as the Chair of the Council for NAEYC Accreditation, as Executive Director of the NAEYC-accredited Brown/Fox Point Early Childhood Education Center in Providence RI, and in many other leadership capacities.







TRI's Serra Acar Appointed DEC Recommended Practices Ambassador for Oregon

Serra Acar, Ph.D.

TRI's Serra Acar, Ph.D. has been selected as the Oregon "aRPy Ambassador" to represent and present specially designed products that help implement the Division for Early Childhood's Recommended Practices (or RPs).


The Early Childhood Technical Assistance Center (ECTA Center) was charged with assisting the Division for Early Childhood (DEC) and the DEC Commissioners in revising the Recommended Practices. The ECTA Center was also charged with developing products that would promote the use of the Recommended Practices, and with providing intensive Technical Assistance to states to help implement the Recommended Practices.


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