LAS Educational Research supports action research and curriculum work as professional development for the LAS faculty.

Each year, we accept proposals from faculty members that outline innovative projects to develop new curriculum, improve our systems of assessing student progress, and investigating strategies in teaching and learning. We call these innovative faculty members Resident Scholars.

We also reach out to creative professionals in education – consultants, professors, and content specialists. These Visiting Scholars work on their own research projects alongside our own faculty, learning and leading, and presenting their findings to the school community.

Director: Paul Magnuson

Associate Director: Dan Patton

Contact Paul for more information. 

The Alpine Institute connects students with their local environment. This program takes the classroom and the gym outside into the spectacular mountains that surround Leysin.

The Alpine Institute is dedicated to mountain science, sport, environment, and culture. The Alpine Institute works with teachers across the curriculum to build a deep understanding and passion for the mountain landscape and culture of our Swiss home.

Director: John Harlin.

Contact John for more information.


Adam Bradford, How can @home experiments help students achieve better grades in their IB internal assessments? And make them more curious?

Julia Bach, Translanguaging to Enhance Student Engagement in Social Studies

Nicola Stewart, Agile Toolkit: Phase Two

Rachael Passant-Coy, Creating Citizen Scientists at LAS

Rob Barnett, Self-Paced Math in IB Math Studies

Stéphanie Ameri, Integrating an Ecological Commitment into Life at LAS

Thom Padick, Video Production Enhancement: Phase Two

Tom Cosgrove, Self-Paced Math in the Middle School Classroom


Aaron Deupree & Ronan Lynch, A Guide for Department Heads

Marta Krause, Guiding Teachers to Support Student Leadership

Mat McLeod, Using the Interactive Whiteboard in the Classroom

Nicola Stewart, Agile Toolkit

Rachael Passant-Coy, The Integration of Citizen Science in LAS Science Curriculum

Stéphanie Ameri, Turning LAS Students into Active Eco-Schoolers

Thom Padick, Educational Video and Production Support


Andie Flett, Dormwork

Anthony Leutenegger, Energy Audit and Sustainability

Brittany Holsapple, Mindfulness: Creating a Culture of Self-Care

Dan Patton, Authentic Ways to Incorporate STEM Across the Curriculum

Joan Flynn, Scaffolding Self-Regulated Learning in the Middle School Reading & Writing Workshop

Kellie McGill, The LAS Community Pledge in the Middle School

Kelly Deklinski, The Middle School Idea Book: Implementation and Inspiration


Adam Bradford (Product Testing: Circuit Scribe)

Amanda Bjorling (Online Learning with Odysseyware and Other Platforms)

Andie Flett (Agile in the Dormitory)

Andie Flett and Suzy Meyskens (Rethinking Study Hall)

Chris Leonhard (Raising Environmental Awareness)

Dan Patton (Development of Forest Ecology and Robot Gardeners – Two Middle School Courses)

Jason Murphy (Technology Planning for the Middle School)

Keegan Luttrell (Art in Leysin)

Vanisha Gorasia (Standards Based Grading)

The goal of our visiting scholar program is for LAS faculty and academics from around the world to rub shoulders so that we all may feel the excitement of ideas and the commitment to lifelong learning.


Anna Kristín Sigurðardóttir, University of Iceland (school improvement and professional learning communities)

Alys Mendes, The Ideal School

Conrad Aumann, Counselor in Group Dynamics (Facilitating Communication)

Hervör Alma Árnadóttir, University of Iceland (Outdoor Learning & Experiential Learning)

Jennifer Carlson, Hamline University (Teacher Preparation for English as a Second Language)

Jon Ingvar Kjaran, University of Iceland (Gender identity in Iranian culture)

Karen Lillie, PhD Candidate, University College London (National & Transnational Socioeconomic Classes)

Laure Kloetzer, University of Neuchâtel (Citizen Science)

Lise-Anne Putnam, Vedic Math

Royston Flude, Self-sustaining People, Organizations and Communities


Alys Mendes, PhD candidate (The Ideal School)

Elizabeth Skelton, Consultant (teacher support, professional development)

John Miller, Agile Classrooms (using Agile as an instructional framework)

Jon Ingvar Kjaran, University of Iceland (gender identity in Iranian culture)

Steven Carber, Endicott College (Third Culture Kids)

Thy Carber, Endicott College (Technology for learning)


Christophe Randin, Université de Lausanne (Alpine science, climate change)

Irene Alvarez and Anne Delestrade, Centre de Recherches sur les Ecosystèmes d’Altitude (citizen science)

Luis Prieto, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland (online professional development tools)

Martin Brocklehurst, European Citizen Science Association (environmentalism)

Mauro Fischer, University of Fribourg (glaciology)


Tihen, B. and Magnuson, P. (2017). Introducing EDgility. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2017). Teacherless observations. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland

Magnuson, P. (2016). 35 minutes. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2016). But it won’t work for me! LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2016). Beyond the classroom: Expanding the notion of self-regulated learning, LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2016). The first EDgility audit, LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2016). Guide rails to keep off the lecture circuit, LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2016). Inspect and adapt as a guide to curriculum, LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2016). Peer review of academic papers, LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2016). Pulling agile into education, LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2016). When you ask me what’s agile, I’d like to say …, LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. and Ameri, S. (2016). Why DIY Language, LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. and Tihen, B. (2016). Agile in Education at Leysin American School in Switzerland. Podcast, Agile Amped.


Flett, A. and Meyskens, S. (2016). Super Study Hall. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Gorasia, V. (2016). Standards Based Grading. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2015). TAKK – Paper pilot of a professional learning app. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2015). Universal Language and Our School’s Online Tools. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Mendus, A. (2015). Letters from Lesbos. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Murphy, J. (2015). Spotlight on Technology. Leysin American School, Leysin, Switzerland.

Prieto, L. (2016). Paper Prototype Tests @ Leysin American School (ProLearning Feedback). LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Prieto, L. (2016). Prototype Test – 2 (ProLearning Feedback). LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.


Debrincat, V. (2015). Review of the eBeam Edge. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Deupree, A. (2015). English B Assessments. IB Review, January 2015

Harlin, J. (2015). Climate Sensor Poles. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Linguistics & Languages Class. (2015). Student Review of Duolingo. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2015). Hack School Year 1. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2015). A Year of Language Learning. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Magnuson, P. (2014). Teaching with Duolingo. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Murphy, J. (2015). Making Progress Visible with Digital Badges. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Patton, D., Tihen, B, and Harlin, J. (2015). ClimateCase. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.

Yoshida, H. (2015). A Study on the International Education in Leysin. In Japanese. LASER, Lesyin, Switzerland.

Yoshida, H. (2015). A Study on the International Education in Leysin. English summary. LASER, Leysin, Switzerland.