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OUR MISSION:

Preserving the legacy of Malcolm Price Laboratory School and engaging dynamically with those who remember and appreciate its heritage.

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Malcolm Price Laboratory School began in 1883 as the Model School for what was then the Iowa State Normal School. J.C. Gilchrist served as the first school principal. The Laboratory School went through many transitions over the course of 129 years. Starting as the Model School, it soon became the Training School in 1893 and the new name continued until 1944 when it became the Campus School. Five years later in 1949, it became the Campus Laboratory School. In 1959, it was named the Malcolm Price Laboratory School in honor of President Malcolm Price for his role in supporting the new building at 19th and Campus and an increased number of faculty.

In 2012, the Laboratory School at the University of Northern Iowa was closed. The purpose of this website is to document and celebrate the heritage of the Laboratory School at the University of Northern Iowa and to highlight the innumerable contributions the school made to teacher education and professional development over the course of its 129-year history.  Learn More »

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BY THE NUMBERS

129

Number of consecutive years that Malcom Price Laboratory School was in session.

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Six MPLS faculty earned National Board Certification

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Problem Solving Nifties, written by MPLS math faculty and field tested at MPLS, reached over a million elementary students in all 50 states between 1983 and 1998. 

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Between 1992 and 1999, Dr. Diane McCarty's fourth-graders were engaged in no fewer than TEN Project-Based classroom activities.

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Between 1990 and 2012, 13 MPLS teachers were given the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching

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Six MPLS teachers received the prestigious Presidential Award for Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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One of five schools nationwide, selected to join the First Amendment School network.

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The Beginning Reading Conference (BRC) hosted teachers on the UNI campus for 39 consecutive years from 1969-2008. 

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