• MPLS Reunion Picnic--June 28, 2014

    Posted: Mar 02, 2014
    The Alumni and Friends of Price Lab School picnic will be held on Saturday, June 28th, in Nielsen Field House (on 19th St. between Campus St. and Hudson Rd). The rest of what was Price Lab School has been demolished, but alumni and friends are invited to reconnect with each other, to learn more about plans to celebrate and memorialize the legacy of the school, and to see how a part of the field house is now used as the UNI Child Development Center. Your RSVP will help us to plan our food order.

    Please RSVP by clicking on MPLS Reunion Picnic--June 28, 2014.  Complete the form and you will be good to go.  Questions should be directed to becky.hawbaker@uni.edu

    Hope to see you in June if not before! 


  • More MPLS Annuals Available Digitally

    Posted: Feb 18, 2014
    Thanks to Cynthia Coulter and the staff in her in the Technical Services Division of Rod Library, MPLS annuals are now available digitally spanning the years 1957 through 1989. 

    Thanks to Libby Aurand we have located the missing 1964 MPLS Annual.  Thanks to Cindy Paulson Klodt we now have a copy of the 1960 MPLS Annual.  These will be added to the online collection in the near future. 

    We are missing the following years:
    1918     1919     1920     1921     1922    1924-1936     1938     1939     1941     1943     1944     1946     1947     1949     1951.  Should you know anyone who might have a copy of any of these annuals, please contact Lynn E. Nielsen at Lynn.Nielsen@uni.edu   As progress on the digital library continues we will keep you informed. 
  • PROJECT-BASED LEARNING IN DIANE MCCARTY'S CLASSROOM

    Posted: Jan 19, 2014

    Project-based learning (PBL) was a cornerstone of the Laboratory School curriculum and is very well documented in journals and publications where Malcolm Price Laboratory School faculty implemented this methodology.  Diane McCarty's fourth-grade classroom was no exception. From 1992 through 1999 Diane regularly published the results of her classroom projects in teacher journals such as K-8 Teaching. 

    What is Project-Based Learning?  In essence it is a student-centered approach to curriculum that relies less on paper-based, passive, teacher-centered methods. As an alternative to rote memorization and the passive classroom, proponents of project-based learning identify many benefits to the implementation of these active strategies including deeper understanding of problems, broader base of knowledge, emphasis on communication and interpersonal/social skills, opportunities for students to accept leadership roles, a culture of creativity, and enhanced writing skills.

    John Dewey promoted the idea of learning by doing when advocating for Progressive Education. In My Pedagogical Creed (1897) Dewey enumerated his beliefs regarding education: "The teacher is not in the school to impose certain ideas or to form certain habits in the child, but is there as a member of the community to select the influences which shall affect the child and to assist him in properly responding to these.......I believe, therefore, in the so-called expressive or constructive activities as the centre of correlation."

    Project-Based learning and "learning by doing" were the foundations of Progressive Education and thereby constituted a significant influence on the construction of curriculum at Malcolm Price Laboratory School.  The projects Diane McCarty promoted in nationally circulated publications are examples of the many exemplary classroom activities that placed the student in the center of the learning process.

    Descriptions of student projects in Diane McCarty's fourth-grade classroom can be found linked from the About MPLS Page.
  • REGENTS APPROVE CENTER FOR EDUCATIONAL TRANSFORMATION (CET)

    Posted: Nov 13, 2013
    MESSAGE FROM PROVOST GLORIA GIBSON:  I am pleased to announce the establishment of the new Center for Educational Transformation (CET) at UNI, recently approved by the Board of Regents at its October meeting.  Supported in part by a $ 2 million grant from the Carver Foundation, the new Center will bring together university faculty, local schools and educators, AEA's, local and state policy-makers, and others to address the most pressing practice and policy issues facing PreK-12 education today. 

    The Center will support faculty research fellows drawn from UNI, other Regents institutions, and across the country to serve as the heart of the Center's work.  They will be supported by a new Center director (national search underway), staff, and graduate and undergraduate assistants from multiple disciplines.  Practicing teachers will also be directly involved in Center research and other activities as Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA's). 

    A diverse Advisory Council had its first meeting last week, and an initial solicitation has been issued for UNI faculty to serve as research fellows in the coming spring and summer.  Statewide and national meetings are planned to engage others and disseminate current, evidence-based information. 

    While the vision for the Center is broad and hopeful, input and support is needed from all education-related disciplines across campus and across institutions to make the Center a success.  I encourage you to get involved and add your voice into the development of the Center!  Your first opportunity to do so will be the open forums that will be held in the next couple of weeks for the three candidates for the Center Director position (first forum to be this Thursday, 2:00-3:30 pm in MAU University Room).  Otherwise, many other opportunities for planning and collaboration will be available after the Director is on board.  I welcome any input or comments you care to share in the interim, and hope you will join me in contributing your energy and talents in launching this new endeavor. 
  • More MPLS Annuals Added to the UNI Digital Collections

    Posted: Nov 05, 2013
    We are proud to announce that more MPLS annuals have been added to the UNI Digital Collections.  Thanks to the persistent and diligent work of Cynthia Coulter and her colleagues at Rod Library, we now have access any time from anywhere to MPLS annuals between the years 1957 and 1969. 

    We plan to continue to put up online more MPLS Annuals in the weeks ahead.  You can find them by going to the Archives page on the MPLS History Website http://www.pricelabhistory.org/archives/mpls-annuals  It won't be long and those from the 1970s will be accessible digitally.  Then we will move on to the 1980s and 1990s. 

    Be watching for updates in the very near future!

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  • Kenneth G. Butzier Lobby Dedication

    Posted: Nov 03, 2013

    On Saturday, November 2, 2013, the lobby in Strayer-Wood Theatre was dedicated to the memory of Kenneth G. Butzier. With the demolition of Malcolm Price Laboratory School, the Butzier Auditorium no longer memorializes the work of this giant in theatre education at UNI.  The Butzier Lobby dedication is a fitting tribute to Ken's life and work. 

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    Present to assist with the ceremony were his three sons Stuart, Doug and Dave. 


    The text of the plaque reads as follows:

    Kenneth G. Butzier Lobby


    The Dedication of this lobby honors Kenneth G. Butzier who served as speech and drama director at Northern University High School from 1960 till his retirement in 1985.  His leadership inspired University and Laboratory students who worked with him.  He served as a model of excellence for teachers through Iowa. 

    The dedication of the lobby honors the man who contributed so much of himself to his students, his colleagues and his profession.

    Dedication Saturday, November 2, 2013.
      
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