The IALS 2019 Conference was held at the Starpoint and KinderFrogs laboratory schools located on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas from March 20-22. The theme was Unlocking Potential: Changing Lives, Keys for Teaching Diverse Learners. Fifty-four people attended a range of presentations focused on teaching an increasingly diverse student population and fostering relationships with their families.
Michael Remus delivered the keynote address, Accommodations and Modifications, to conference attendees Thursday evening. In addition, he offered an extended conference session about providing visual supports for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mr. Remus has been a general education teacher, special education teacher, school principal, school board member, college instructor, special education director for a school district and a state special education director for the State of Kansas. Most of his professional career has been in the classroom and in training parents and educators on how special education works. He has worked in nine educational systems with varying numbers of students, schools and geographic areas to facilitate systems change. He continues to consult with school districts and parent groups across the United States, provide individual assistance and training to parents and educators, and serves as a speaker upon request.
In addition to school visits, conference sessions and the keynote address, attendees took advantage of opportunities to explore the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, Sundance square downtown and the cultural district.
IALS strengths lies in relationship building and exchanging information and pedagogical practice. We worked with some of our colleagues to identify potential projects that we could post on the IALS website and invite other schools and teachers to participate in with their classes across the world. We will be announcing some of these projects in early summer. If your school has a project you would like to submit, please send the information to Patrica Diebold at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AERA Visits the University of Toronto Laboratory School
For the first time in its history the American Educational Research Association annual conference took place in Toronto, Canada this year. The gathering in April 2019, included several opportunities for members of the international research and education community to visit the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School at the University of Toronto. Participants in the conference were able to come directly into classrooms in the laboratory school to see presentations on the ways that laboratory schools can support educational research and practice.Featured in the presentations were the school’s approach to inquiry-based learning and to lesson study. For more information about any of the following presentations, please be in touch with principal Richard Messina at email@example.com.
1. On the opening day of the conference, a group took a tour of the school followed by a Q and A session with the Principal of the Lab School.
2. A poster session in titled, “ Designing Interdisciplinary Knowledge-Building in a Grade 5 Community” presented research partner Jianwei Zhang, University at Albany – SUNY.
3. With data collected throughout the lab school classrooms, two sessions on “Science Teaching and Learning Literacy and Discourse” were presented at the conference center.
4. The largest group involved collaborators and students from public schools and the lab school hosting a half-day workshop at the school for visiting researchers entitled “Knowledge Building and Knowledge-Building Technology: Natural and Not-So-Natural Curiosity in Action”
The visit ended with a student panel and teachers and administrators available to respond to audience questions.
5. The final day of the conference brought participants back to the Lab School for a Lesson Study Workshop. Participants took part in a a Kindergarten Math lesson designed and taught by JICS teachers and were invited to take part in debrief of the lesson.
The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School extends its thanks to IALS for its robust support of research across the years.