University School Partnership



Target Audience:  Elementary or Secondary


A Laboratory School can be an elementary or secondary school operated by (or in conjunction with) a university or college and used for training of future teachers, educational research and modeling of innovative classroom instructional practices.

Program Goals:

Work collaboratively with partnering university and St. Johns Public Schools to blend modern educational research based methods and practice. Public school teachers and administrators would work collaboratively with university professors and student teachers to blend proven instructional practices in an action research philosophies to help students and teachers.

Types of Laboratory School Programs:

A. Programs can be designed for all levels (elementary, middle and high school).

B. Programs can be general and focus on instructional pedagogy for student teachers, experience teachers, and implementation of instructional research supported by a college or university.

C. Programs can be designed with a specific theme or focus such as STEM, Medicine, College Prep, Special Needs populations, etc.

Additional Considerations:

1.) Creating environment and understanding that students would be part of ongoing active research and working with university IRB to protect student privacy and interest.

2.) Ongoing access to university professors and research based practices.

3.) Job-embedded professional development opportunities for teachers and practice opportunities for developing education professionals.

4.) Greater access to content area experts to further teacher pedagogy.

5.) Clarification of Lab School focus is essential. The staff and community needs to understand that observational research and study would occur often as a means to continually improve instructional practice and student outcomes.

 Articles of Information

A Theme Based Cohort Approach 

 Avoiding Pratfalls in K-16 Collaboratives


Benefits of the Relationship