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Parent Education & Tour of U.S. Lab Schools

Parent Education Event: The Future of Education

  • Children will need to be able to address whatever challenges life, citizenship, and work will produce in the coming decades of unimaginable change. How can they develop the competencies they will need as adults?

  • What are the competencies, attitudes, and knowledge that are critical to develop (competencies that are well beyond the 20th century focus of content mastery and memorization)?

  • How can schools transform from being a source of basic skills for all and academics for some, to a source of rigorous learning for every child? What is the pedagogy that provides entry points and options for a new kind of learner?

The mission of the JICS Lab School is to explore what is possible. Our mandate is to improve public school education. We are calling for a restructuring of schooling – figuratively, a reconstruction of our understanding of the roles of the student and the teacher, and literally, a reconstruction of the facilities, processes, and structures that support student learning.

On October 29, in our JICS gym/auditorium, I will join a panel of leading educational experts in an interactive discussion on the future of education for an audience of teachers and teacher educators. We will discuss the future of Indigenous education, social and emotional learning, mental health and artificial intelligence in an engaging and interactive session.

JICS parents, I hope you can attend!


The Future of Education Panel Discussion

Monday, October 29, 5:00-7:00 p.m. J. Fraser Mustard Assembly Hall Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study 56 Spadina Road Toronto, ON M5R 2T3 (View map)

Submit your questions ahead of time for the opportunity to have them included in the conversation. This event is free to attend, but registration is required.


  • Dr. Jeffrey Ansloos, Assistant Professor, Indigenous Mental Health and Education, OISE

  • Dr. Rumeet Billan, Chief Learning Architect

  • Richard Messina, Principal, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, UofT

  • Dr. Michael Salvatori, CEO and Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers

  • Ami Shah, Co-founder and CEO, Peekapak


Teacher Professional Development

The International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) organizes tours of its member schools which are exciting opportunities to develop and enhance international ties.

In October 2016, a group of educators and administrators from schools around the world toured JICS and UTS in Toronto, Ontario and Carnegie Mellon University Children’s School and the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School, University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On the week of October 22-25, 2018, Chriss Bogert, Norah L'Esperance and I will attend the IALS Tour of Lab Schools 2018, joining former JICS Principal Elizabeth Morley who is the Chair of the IALS International Committee. This is a unique opportunity to share and encounter new schools and ideas while comparing innovative teaching practices, research and more.

Here is more information about the schools we will visit:

Monday October 22: The Children’s School at Mills College in Oakland (Early Years to Gr 5 school)

Tuesday October 23: Child Development Centers, University of California, Berkeley to learn about their long history and teacher preparation programs. Rosa Parks Elementary School to see its work with children and hear about its Professional Development connections to Mills College through the innovative Mills Teacher Scholars program.

Wednesday October 24 & Thursday October 25: Stanford’s Bing Nursery School in Palo Alto.

The 2018 Tour brings together educators with invaluable experiences to share. Chriss, Norah, Elizabeth, and I are part of an international group of teachers, administrators, researchers, and teacher educators – all associated with laboratory schools. Joining us will be representatives from:

  • The Children’s School, Carnegie Mellon University. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Hollingworth Preschool, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York

  • Falk Laboratory School, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Halifax Independent School, Halifax, Nova Scotia

  • Tsinghua International School, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

  • University of California- Berkeley. Berkeley, California

  • Kobe Shinwa Women’s University, Kobe, Japan

  • Early Childhood Education, Northwest Missouri State, Maryville, Missouri

  • Starpoint School and KinderFrogs School, Texas University, Fort Worth, Texas

  • Faculty of Educational Science, Laboratory School Research Unit, Universität Bielefeld, Germany

We look forward to sharing our learning with the JICS teachers and parents!

During my time away, Zoe Donoahue will be the acting principal. I will be accessible on email.


Additional Parent Education Opportunities

How to Talk to your Children about the Holocaust

Date: Monday, November 5, 2018

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Raising Capable Kids Parent Workshop with Alyson Schafer

Date: Sunday, November 25, 2018

Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Location: Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

Tickets & More Information:

Eventbrite Password: JICSParent

Cost: $88.50+HST


Upcoming Dates to Note

Tuesday, October 16 6:00-7:30pm: “Transitioning to Grade 7” Information Night for Gr 5 & 6 parents RVSP

Monday, October 29, 5:50-7:00pm: Parent Ed Event at JICS “The Future of Education” Register

Wednesday, October 31: Halloween Parade (JK to Gr 6) (details coming soon)

Monday, November 5, 7:00 pm: Parent Ed Event at JCC “How to Talk to Your Children about the Holocaust” with speaker Dona Matthews RSVP

Wednesday, November 7: Diwali celebrations at JICS. Parent volunteers please be in touch with JICS parent coordinators: Ramona and Radha

Friday, November 9: Teacher PD Day (School closed. Daycare open)

Monday, November 12: Midterm Holiday (School closed. Daycare open)

Wednesday, November 14: Parent Teacher Interviews

Wednesday, November 21: Parent Teacher Interviews

Sunday, November 25, 9:00am-12:00pm: Parent Ed event at JICS “Raisng Capable Kids Parent Workshop with Alyson Schafer” Register

For more important dates, please refer to our School Calendar



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