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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2015 IALS Annual Conference

The International Association of Laboratory Schools 

2015 Conference

 April 22-24, 2015     

University of Chicago Laboratory Schools

Chicago, Illinois

The Freedom to Learn

Explorations in Academic Communities

IALS Board Member Nicolas Ramos, Executive Director Patricia Diebold, President Sandra Brown Turner, and Conference Chair Jill Sarada prepare to welcome colleagues to the 2015 Annual Conference at the International House in Chicago.

Dewey: Then & Now (Pre-Conference Seminar, April 22, 2015)

IALS Pre-Conference Session at the International House in Chicago

Dr. Catie Bell's presentation entitled, "Dewey or Don't We?"

Hotel Information

You may now make your reservations for the 2015 IALS Conference! 

Our conference hotel:

Hyatt Place Chicago-South/University Medical Center

5225 S. Harper Ave. Chicago, IL 60615

Direct: 773.420.2610  F: 773.752.5400 E:

Guests may either call the 24 hour reservations line at (800)233-1234 and reference the “IALS Conference”.

Or guests may click the hyperlink below to easily reserve online:

If you have any questions or need assistance with booking, please contact me.

Warmest Regards,

Briana J. Pickett

Sales Manager

International Tour

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, Chair of the International Committee of IALS

          Principal, 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

2014 Annual Conference

Lab Schools and the 3 R’s: Reflect, Reframe, Reform

April 2-4 2014 in New York City

Hosted by 

• Teachers College, Columbia University

• The School at Columbia University

• Bank Street School for Children

• Hunter College Campus Schools

These themes are framed to guide us in looking back, forward, inward, and outward. It is a time to look back at the best of our past practices (Reflect). It is also a time to look forward and to consider the role of laboratory and university affiliated schools in furthering a 21st century education agenda in our schools and communities (Reframe). We must also acknowledge how the world has changed and actively create socially just, student-centered, research-based communities where all children will thrive (Reform). As educational leaders we are charged with leading the way to a better tomorrow.

2013 Annual Conference
The Role of Beliefs in Facilitating Success
March 6-8, 2013
Louisiana State University Laboratory School     
Baton Rouge, Louisiana

The LSU Conference Web Site button below is still active because there is a link on that site to downloadable presentations from the conference.
2012 Annual Conference
Sharpening the Aim:
Targeted Approaches in Research, Teacher Education,
& Assessment Culture in Laboratory Schools       
Tallahassee, Florida - March 28-30, 2012 - Florida State University Schools.  

Keynote speaker Dr. Barbara Foorman. Dr. Foorman is a professor of education and Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research. Dr. Foorman has over 100 publications in the reading and language development field and along with serving on numerous boards and committees, she has also been actively involved in outreach programs to both schools and the public. 

2011 Annual Conference
Won't You Be My Neighbor?
Creating Campus and Community Connections
Carlow University - The Campus School
Carnegie Mellon University - The Children's School
The University of Pittsburgh - The Falk School 
April 13th - 15th in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania