In partnership with the Niagara community, we address learning needs by providing individualized, one-on-one assessment and support for K-12 learners in the areas of literacy and numeracy through interactive activities and technology.
Brock Learning Lab
Located in the Brock University Research and Innovation Centre (BRIC) at 130 Lockhart Drive on the Niagara escarpment, the Brock University Learning Lab (formerly Reading Clinic) is in partnership with the Centre for Multiliteracies. At the Brock Learning Lab, we teach skills necessary to be strong readers and writers by working on fluency, comprehension, word study, the writing process, and a deep appreciation of literature. As well, we have an emphasis on 21st century literacy and learning through technology. Working with members of the Niagara community for over 25 years, we are committed to supporting and fostering a love of literacy. We now offer math tutoring and hope to inspire an equal love of numeracy.
Clients and their families may contact the Learning Lab directly to begin the registration process for the literacy and/or numeracy tutoring program or literacy assessment. All client information is kept confidential.
Please see the information below to learn more about the Learning Lab and for contact information.
Tutoring for Literacy and Numeracy
Our tutoring programs are offered during the school year and have an educational specialist on site at all times. Clients generally attend one or two sessions each week for nine weeks in the evenings. Sessions take place at the Brock Research & Innovation Centre (130 Lockhart Drive, St. Catharines). Contact 905-688-5550 x3548 or email@example.com for more information or register using the button below.
One client attending one session per week: $180
One client attending two sessions per week OR two clients attending one session each per week: $300
READING SUPPORT PROGRAM
To improve reading and writing skills, children and adolescents attend the Learning Lab’s Reading Support Program for personalized one-on-one tutoring once or twice a week. Programming is based on formal diagnostic assessments.
Each client works with a literacy tutor, who is typically a senior undergraduate or graduate student specializing in education and supervised by the Program Coordinator, Course Instructor, and Director. Tutors are current or past students of the Reading and Literacy Development course where they learn about the reading process and effective reading instruction. Tutors use a variety of research-based teaching procedures to help their clients improve their reading and writing skills.
The Reading Support Program typically starts in September and January and is 9 weeks in length. We will sometimes have a short 4 or 5 week program during the month of May in which clients attend twice a week for a total of 8 or 10 sessions.
MATH SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Learning Lab also provides personalized one-on-one numeracy support to children and adolescents. Programming based on curriculum-based assessment. Each client works with a numeracy tutor once or twice a week. Tutors are typically a senior undergraduate or graduate student specializing in education and supervised by the Program Coordinator and Director.
The Math Support Program typically starts in September and January and is 9 weeks in length. We will sometimes have a short 4 or 5 week program during the month of May in which clients attend twice a week for a total of 8 or 10 sessions.
Learning Lab personnel investigate each client’s current reading and writing performance and write a report recommending how the client can learn to read and write better. This assessment takes place over the course of 6-8 sessions.
When a client contacts the Learning Lab, a representative will conduct an initial interview over the phone.
The client will be contacted to schedule an initial meeting.
Clients and their families meet with the Director of the Learning Lab and a case manager to complete the intake interview. During this session, relevant medical and educational information are gathered. Clients are encouraged to discuss their concerns about learning to read and write.
Clients at the Learning Lab complete an extensive series of literacy tests.
Families meet with the Director of the Learning Lab and the case manager to receive and review the report.
Volunteer with the Brock Learning Lab
The Brock Learning Lab is always looking for volunteer tutors for our Reading or Math Support Programs. Weekly sessions are one hour long. Times will vary (generally in the evenings) from October to early December and/or February to early April. We also have a Spring session that runs in the evenings during May. As a tutor, you will plan your sessions with our support and build your teaching skills.
We are also available to advise undergraduate and graduate interns at the Brock Learning Lab.
Five reasons you should volunteer:
- Volunteer tutors receive training and support
- Volunteers gain teaching experience
- Volunteers receive a certificate of volunteering
- Volunteer tutoring work is recorded with Experience Plus
- Volunteer tutors have a positive impact on their students
Contact 905-688-5550 x3548 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on volunteering or internships.
Reading Support Program
- Implement programming based on formal diagnostic assessments
- Create personalized, skill-based literacy tutoring programming
- Use evidence-based instructional methods
- Enhance your literacy expertise and knowledge
- Conference with educational specialists
Math Support Program
- Implement programming using curriculum-based assessment
- Create personalized, skills-based math tutoring programming
- Enhance your expertise and knowledge of math education
- Conference with educational specialists
Brock Learning Lab Steering Committee: Drs. Diane Collier, Xavier Fazio, Jennifer Rowsell, Debra Harwood, Kari-Lynn Winters, Dane DiCesare, Tiffany Gallagher, and Paul Ferrara, Randy Pruyn (NCDSB), and Melanie Sendzik (DSBN)