An essential element in the CONNECT network is UCLA Lab School, part of UCLA’s Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. The school’s classrooms, offices and playgrounds serve as dynamic sites for teachers, administrators and researchers to explore topics and issues relevant to children’s education and development.

The goals of CONNECT and the school are to stimulate innovative research that has implications for educational practices in schools serving diverse populations of children, and to encourage the exchange of ideas among scholars, practitioners and others concerned with child development and school reform.

CONNECT and UCLA Lab School encourage programmatic research projects that are relevant to educational issues and help to foster a strong community of researchers and teachers who work cooperatively on a long-term basis. Priority is given to proposals consistent with and supportive of these goals and to researchers who are committed to participating in Center activities, including publishing an article about their work in CONNECTIONS, the Center’s newsletter, or making a presentation about their work to school faculty.

Because participation by many disciplines is crucial to the success of this initiative, we welcome unsolicited proposals that mesh with Center objectives from researchers with varied disciplinary affiliations. The Center is designed to encompass a broad range of research topics from many different disciplines. Although priority will be given to proposals that are consistent with the Center’s goals, we do not discourage other kinds of proposals.

Researchers interested in conducting projects at UCLA Lab School must complete and submit the application, available via email from