International Association of Laboratory Schools       

                    "dedicated to the empowerment of university-affiliated and research-based pre k through 12 schools"

 Association      "dedicated to the empowerment of university-affiliated and research-based pre k-12 schools" 

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Dedicated to Research, Leadership, and Educational Excellence

The International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) is an international association of pre-kindergarten through graduate laboratory and university affiliated schools engaged in practices of teacher training, curriculum development, research, professional development, and educational experimentation for the purpose of  supporting member’s schools and as a voice speaking for the improvement of learning for all children.

Traditionally laboratory schools' commitment has been to assist in preparing teachers while delivering quality instructional programs for children in the classroom. These schools are affiliated with a college or university for specific purposes that go beyond the scope of traditional public and private institutions. Over the years, the laboratory schools have changed to reflect the diverse needs of the teaching professional and have often led the way in improving the science and art of teaching.

First US Lab School Tour for International Colleagues

This year, for the first time, The International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) is offering our international members and friends an opportunity to tour with us, visiting 5 Laboratory Schools in the United States in April of 2015.  

The idea of the international tour comes in response to frequent questions and requests about how to visit, learn from, be inspired by, and share with some of the leading schools that are connected to universities. The 5 Laboratory Schools on our pilot tour in 2015 are on the campuses of Columbia University, Bank Street College of Education, Carnegie Mellon University, The University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Chicago.  Never before have our Lab Schools opened their doors in quite this way – a traveling tour that will give a glimpse of excellence in various contexts across universities. 

Please click the link below for information about the tour and contact me if you would like more information about available spaces, our limited travel support funds for international participants, or your involvement. 

I look forward to hearing from you,

Elizabeth Morley

Principal and Chair of the International Committee of IALS

Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School

Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

University of Toronto

(416) 934-4509

Fax (416)934-4565

IALS was formerly NALS

After more than 50 years as the National Association of Laboratory Schools (NALS), and a brief period as NALS: The International Association of Laboratory and University Affiliated Schools, our organization's Board of Directors decided to change the name to the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS).  The acronym IALS better reflects our current global membership and goals for future expansion.  Under all three names, we intentionally take a very broad definition of "laboratory schools" as including campus-based schools, and others with diverse university affiliations, such as charter schools, professional development schools, child study institutes, research and development schools, etc.

To honor the long history and significant impact of the National Association of Laboratory Schools (NALS), we have preserved the name NALS on documents generated under that name.  Notice the newsletter names on the Publications page as a clear example of that convention. 

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