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Past President's Message

Presidents Report from the IALS Executive Board Summer Meetings

On July 9th, 10th, and 11th our IALS Board of Directors met in Pittsburgh to attend the annual summer board meetings. I am very pleased with the accomplishments that were made during this time and would like to share a few thoughts with you. We began by looking back over the past year and reviewing our associations accomplishments. During this evaluation process, we asked ourselves if we met our members expectations, as well as prioritized what went well during the past year. You will continue to receive the Marshall Memos on a regular basis in the coming months. We are also excited to be bring back the IALS Journal this year. It will be unveiled at the conference. In a later session, we determined an action plan for the coming year. Evaluations were very positive regarding the International Tour that occurred last year. It is being planned again for the coming year. Our time together in Pittsburgh concluded with a discussion focusing on our 2016 conference. The board is very excited to announce that it will be at the University of Puerto Rico.

Hope to see you there!

Konnie Serr

About Us

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.


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.