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Richard Messina is featured in the Hamilton Spectator discussing the impact of learning environments on how students learn  



Richard Messina is interviwed by the Toronto Star for an article on lice:



Jackman ICS Lab School in the U of T Bulletin:


Jackman ICS Lab School in the Globe and Mail:
"In lab schools, learning in classrooms benefits students and researchers"
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 Globe and Mail article here:

Zoe and the Grade 1 Classroom


  • Elizabeth Morley retires on June 30, 2015 after 22 years of service as Principal of the Laboratory School at the University of Toronto.  A strong and clear voice for all that the school is, Elizabeth never stopped exploring what is possible in education.  Her dedication to the Lab School's mission of excellence in childhood education, teacher education, and research in an intentionally diverse environment ensured the Lab School's position as a hub of innovation, providing value to public school education, to educational policy makers, and to the University of Toronto. 

    Celebrations of Elizabeth were held at the Lab School with the current students presenting her the gifts of a beautiful hand-made quilt with each child's drawing and a song written and performed by the entire school.  Special thanks to the Jackman ICS Parents' Association for making these gifts possible. 

    In May 2015, an evening at Hart House, U of T, gathered alumni students and family and friends of the Lab School to celebrate Elizabeth,  We began with a drumming ceremony to open the event and to honour the land of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, and to honour retirement.   Invited guests paid tribute to Elizabeth and to announce gifts recognizing her many accomplishments.  The lunchroom in the new school building has been named "Elizabeth's Room". Christi Belcourt, First Nations artist will be our Artist -in-Residence 2015/2016, to work with the children to create murals for the walls of the new "Elizabeth's Room".  The Artist-in-Residence Program at the Lab School is generously supported by the Patrick Harvie Arts Fund.

    Many generous donations to the Diana Rankin/Muncaster Family Tuition Support Fund were received in Elizabeth's name.  This fund is dear to Elizabeth as it extends the reach of and enriches the school as a diverse, inclusive, sustainable, accessible, and exceptional place for all to learn. 

    Elizabeth's, and our goal, is to make the fund more robust and sustainable.  We ask for your contribution to growing the Lab School Tuition Support Fund and look forward to the strength that increased diversity brings us. 

    To make your donation, please visit: www.donate.utoronto.ca/give/show/183
    Cheques can be made payable to "University of Toronto". In the memo line, please note: "Elizabeth Morley Gift/Tuition Support Fund". 
    Cheques may be mailed or delivered to:
    Jun Cheng, Business Officer
    Jackman ICS
    45 Walmer Road
    Toronto, On   M5R 2X2

    Beginning 2015-2016, Elizabeth will be taking up a new opportunity to serve as Visiting Scholar in Japan at Kobe Shinwa Women's University, and continuing her volunteer work in education locally and internationally.

    more drumming   Drumming
    Cat Criger, Aboriginal Elder,                                   Drumming Circle
    Traditional Teacher and Mentor
    from the First Nations People

    Elizabeth Morley speech
    Elizabeth Morley 

    Elizabeth Quilt
    The children of the Lab School presenting their
    gift of the quilt to Elizabeth 

    Elizabeth enjoying the school-wide assembly in her honour

    Morley Retirement Gala at Hart House, May 21, 2015

  • Lab School in Professionally Speaking 
    In the March 2015 issue of The Ontario College of Teachers magazine, Professionally Speaking, Canadian actor Megan Follows honours the 3 elementary teachers who inspired her.  All 3 are Lab School teachers.  Megan honours former teachers Dee Wicks (Grade 5), Ted Hunter (Grade 6), and Dorothy Medhurst (Art).  “They taught me many things, but what I cherish the most is the way they gave me the courage to use my imagination”.   http://oct-oeeo.uberflip.com/i/461668-ps-march-2015 (pg. 30)

    September 9, 2014
    Principal Elizabeth Morley argues that despite its bad reputation homework can be greatly beneficial to children and can achieve goals that cannot be reached in the classroom setting.

    To view the video, please click on the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RsCgilVRwtU


    May 13, 2014
    Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, and other representatives of the Canadian Government were at the Jackman ICS Lab School to make an announcement about a $5 million dollar gift from Canada to The United Nations to support better nutrition for young children in the developing world. The school was chosen to host the announcement ceremony in recognition of the support the school has given to UNICEF over the past decades. 

  • Minister, UNICEF, and members of Social Justice Club
    Members of the Lab School Social Justice Club; Minister Lynne Yelich, David Morley, President & CEO of UNICEF Canada; and Richard Messina, Vice-Principal of the Lab School at the announcement at the Laboratory School

  • CBC's The Current
    October 26, 2012
    Jackman ICS Principal Elizabeth Morley spoke on CBC's The Current and lends some perspective to a new study which suggests that children born in March are much more likely to be CEOs than children born later in the year. To listen to the podcast, please click on the link:



    On Friday, December 3rd we were honoured that the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston and his wife Sharon, chose the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Integrated Kindergarten Program (IKP) at the Bloorview School at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to visit and mark the International Day of Persons With Disabilities. As you know, this program is a proud part of the Jackman ICS reach and for fifteen years it has modeled inclusion of children with and without physical challenges in one enriched and outstanding Junior and Senior Kindergarten program. Ontario's Lieutenant Governor, David Onley and his wife accompanied the Governor General. Having Their Excellencies and Their Honours visit after our once in a lifetime day of happy announcements on Thursday was truly remarkable. Laboratory School Vice-Principal Richard Messina was at Holland Bloorview that morning to celebrate the special visit.

    To access full coverage of this special visit, click here.


    The University of Toronto has announced that Dr. Eric Jackman has donated $5 million to the Institute of Child Study – a landmark gift in Canada for early development and childhood education.

    In recognition of the gift, U of T has renamed the 85-year-old Institute of Child Study (ICS) the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, which is part of the University’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology. The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study is one of the few places in the world to integrate advanced research, renowned graduate teacher training and a demonstration model of practical elementary schooling at one place. To read the complete article, please visit the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education website.

    The Toronto Star also covered this remarkable event here, as well as the Globe and Mail.

  • The Canadian Network for Leadership in Education and Early Learning & Care
    In early October, Lab School principal Elizabeth Morley and Jackman ICS Director Janette Pelletier were featured speakers on a webcast about the significance of play-based learning. Titled "The Role of Play in Human Learning", the webcast can be found here.
  • The Toronto Star
    In the September 5, 2010 edition of The Toronto Star, an article entitled "Experts Say JK Kids Will Thrive" about the benefits of full-day kindergarten features the Jackman ICS Laboratory School and the success of full-day learning. To access this article, please click here.
  • The Toronto Star
    Graduate Flannery Jefferson returned to Jackman ICS to pilot her "Chore for Change" fundraising initiative to support SOS Children's Villages. The project involved our Grade 4 students and was featured in Andrea Gordon's article, "Kids do Chores to Promote Responsibility" in the Toronto Star. To read the article in the Star, please click here.
  • The Toronto Star
    In a piece entitled "Handwriting Without Tears", Jackman ICS Special Education Teacher Judith Kimel discusses cursive and the Handwriting Without Tears program. To read this article, please click here.
  • The Toronto Star
    Journalist Alanna Mitchell showcases the Jackman Institute of Child Study in the Atkinson
    Series "Brainstorm", an eight-day feature in The Toronto Star about research in
    neuroscience and its impact for education. Alanna's focus on Carol Stephenson's Senior
    Kindergarten class and their kite-making project is entitled "Teaching Kids How To Soar". To access the "Brainstorm" series and read the article, click here.

  • CBC's The Current
    Jackman ICS Principal Elizabeth Morley speaks against holding students back in: Failing Kids


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