Jackman ICS in the News – 2015

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October 21, 2015

WINNER OF EDITOR’S CHOICE AWARD! Journal of Cognitive Development announces Patricia Ganea & Caitlin Canfield’s 2014 article “You could call it magic”: What parents and siblings tell preschoolers about unobservable entities.

October 1, 2015

Professor Patricia Ganea gives keynote address on October 1, 2015 at the Institute for Human Development’s Annual Research Day. Details

September 23, 2015

The Lab School’s excellence  is featured in The Globe and Mail – Private Schools: In lab schools, learning in classrooms benefits students and researchers

July 1, 2015

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.

March 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)

March 2015


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.

March 15, 2015

Preschool Block Play

A Developmental Look at a Rigorous Block Play Program

Jackman ICS researchers (PhD Candidate Diane Tepylo, Professr 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


March 15, 2015

A 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.

February 23, 2015


Robert Siegler

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 on Monday night, hosted by the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study. Despite bitter cold and plummeting temperatures across the region, Dr. Siegler’s visit attracted a full house of interested researchers, graduate students, teachers and academics from across the province and as far away as California. Dr. Siegler was a close friend and colleague of Robbie Case, a world-renowned leader of research into children’s mathematical development and former ICS director, who passed away in 2000. Dr. Siegler’s talk, entitled An Integrated Theory of Numerical Development: Following in the Footsteps of Robbie Case, highlighted some of Robbie’s lifelong contributions to numerical cognition research, including “integrating Piagetian and information processing insights into a classic theory of cognitive development,” while being a “devoted mentor” and “setting the standard as a gentleman and a scholar”. Throughout Dr. Siegler’s address, audience members were presented with the challenges faced by educators when teaching the effects of whole number and fraction magnitudes on basic arithmetic functions such as multiplication and division. We also learned how commonplace activities such as playing counting and board games with children can improve their ongoing knowledge and understanding of the exciting world of mathematics that surrounds our daily lives.