Member schools conduct or collaborate in research that upholds a lab school’s important role in education.
Mary Jane Taylor
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Who We Are
The International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) is an international association of 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.
What We Do
IALS Conferences and
IALS offers two excellent opportunities to visit and learn from member schools. First, an annual conference hosted by a member school for those associated with or interested in Laboratory schools including educators, pre-service educators, administrators, researchers, and faculty. International tours provide educators with a small group experience at lab schools around the world to have in depth discussions about innovative practices.
Over 100 laboratory schools are associated with colleges and universities worldwide. Laboratory schools are innovative in their approach to educational reform. IALS member schools foster a commitment to educate children and educate future educators.
The journal includes articles grounded in evidence-based classroom practices, action research, and theoretically based quantitative and qualitative scholarship. Best practices, educational trends, and theoretical based quantitative and qualitative scholarship found within these pages are intended to extend beyond our respective geographical contexts.