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Welcome to the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

Canada's most integrated and dynamic centre committed to children's education and well-being

Our tripartite mission brings together graduate teacher education in a 2-year Master of Arts Program, exemplary educational practices in the Laboratory School, and leading multidisciplinary research in child development at the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre.

Faculty, Lab School Teacher-Researchers, and Staff are dedicated to setting the highest standards for children's education and development. By connecting research, training, and practice, Jackman ICS leads the way as Canada's foremost teaching and learning environment, with an international reputation for leadership.

Take a tour of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study with former Director, Dr. Joan Peskin






News & Events

New Administrative Leadership Team at Jackman ICS!

July 1, 2015. The Jackman ICS community is undergoing  a change in administrative leadership.  We said adieu on June 30th to long-time staff members—Director Joan Peskin who will be on administrative leave; Lab School Principal Elizabeth Morley, Professor Joan Moss, and Business Officer Penny Deligiannis, wishing them happiness in their retirements and future endeavors.

We are delighted to welcome in our new admin leadership team: Associate Professor Rhonda Martinussen, Interim Director to October 31, 2015 (and continuing as Chair of the MA Child Study & Education program), Richard Messina, former Vice Principal moving into the role of Principal of the Laboratory School, Chriss Bogert, Vice Principal, and Jun Cheng, Business Officer.  Starting November 1, 2015, Jackman ICS welcomes the appointment of Professor Clare Kosnik as Director of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study to June 30, 2018.

Professor Patricia Ganea will be giving a keynote address on October 1, 2015 at the Institute for Human Development's Annual Research Day. Location: OISE Nexus Lounge (12th Floor). Details

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)




In March, Lab School Teacher/Librarian, Raadiyah Nazeem, was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Guelph/Humber. This award recognizes those who have given selflessly of their time and energy through volunteer work with students, faculty, or alumni of the University.

Preschool Block PlayA Developmental Look at a Rigorous Block Play Program

Jackman ICS researchers (PhD Candidate Diane Tepylo, Professor Joan Moss, and Lab School Kindergarten Teacher Carol Stephenson) describe the benefits of block play for preschool children in the March 2015 issue of Young  Children

Robert Siegler2015 Robbie Case Memorial Lecture
Distinguished scholar and Teresa Heinz Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Carnegie Mellon University Dr. Robert S. Siegler presented an engaging look at numerical development and cognition at the 2015 Robbie Case Memorial Lecture  hosted by the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre ...read more


Kang LeeA Constellation of Insights - 2015 TEDxUofT Conference
Dr. Kang Lee featured as one of 4 invited speakers of the community-organized branch of the global conference series.  March 15, 2015
Calls for Submissions
Burtynsky AwardDr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study's Edward Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education

This award recognizes outstanding elementary school teachers who create learning opportunities that inspire students to become environmentally conscious, responsible world citizens.  For full details and application package, please click here.

Suzuki Award visualDr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School
Dr. David Suzuki Fellowships

These Fellowships have been established to both acknowledge, and advance the professional growth of pre-service teachers in the area of Environmental Education. For full details and application package, please click here.




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