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Western Oregon University to host Early Childhood/Early Intervention Symposium

An Early Childhood/Early Intervention Symposium will take place on Monday, March 4, 2013, on the Western Oregon University campus in Monmouth. The symposium is sponsored by The Teaching Research Institute’s Center on Inclusion and the College of Education at Western Oregon University.

Join with childcare providers, early childhood teachers, administrators, early intervention practitioners, researchers, experts in the field and others. The director of the Oregon Early Learning System, Jada Rupley, will deliver the keynote address, titled  “Early Childhood Education in Oregon: Update and New Beginnings”

There will be three areas of focus during the symposium:

  • Embedded instruction. Participants will learn how to deliver embedded instruction on targeted Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) objectives for children with disabilities into naturally occurring preschool activities and routines. During the afternoon session, participants will learn specific strategies for embedding instruction.
  • Oregon updates. Participants will increase their  understanding of new and changing elements in Oregon’s early childhood environment. During the morning session, participants will gain an  understanding of the latest research and its application for  early childhood education related to executive functioning,  mastery motivation, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
  • Applying research. Participants will become  familiar with current research  related to executive function in  low birth weight babies, mastery  motivation for preschoolers, and massage for young children with autism. During the afternoon session, participants will increase their understanding of Oregon’s Quality Rating and Improvement System and the kindergarten readiness assessment; inclusive childcare and community belonging; Oregon’s infant/toddler credential and resources for parents and educators of children with sensory disabilities and/or significant developmental delays.

Sessions are being reviewed to determine Oregon Registry Step.

Featured speakers also include:

  • Dr. George Morgan, Professor Emeritus, Colorado State University; “Mastery Motivation in Early Childhood”
  • Dr. Krisztian Jozsa, Fulbright Scholar & Deputy Head of the Institute of Education, University of Szeged, Hungary, and Dr. Patti Blasco, Teaching Research Institute; “Research & Practice in Transitions to School”
  • Dr. Cindy Ryan, Assistant Professor, WOU; “Creating Community & Belonging in Early Childhood Classrooms”
  • Dr. Louisa Silva, Teaching Research Institute; “Daily parent-delivered massage interventions for young children with autism”
  • Dr. Lyn Ayer, Teaching Research Institute; “Sharing Best Practices for Children with Sensory Disabilities”
  • Gary Glasenapp, Teaching Research Institute; “Embedded Instruction in Early Childhood Environments”

For more information, visit the Teaching Research Institute’s Center on Inclusion online at The symposium will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The registration fee of $15 includes lunch.

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Interview contact:
Ella L. Taylor, Ph.D.
Director, Teaching Research Institute & Sponsored Research Office
503-838-8589 |

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