Brock Learning Lab

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 bllab@brocku.ca for more information or register using the button below.

CLIENT FEES

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.

Assessment

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

A Brock volunteer tutors a young male student at 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 bllab@brocku.ca 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

Contacts

Brock Learning Lab staff including Dane DiCesare (Interim Director), Sharon Moukperian (School Site Supervisor); Paul Ferrara (Administrative Coordinator), Katrina Jegg (Supervisor); Rachel St. Hilaire (Supervisor).
Dane DiCesare (Interim Director), Sharon Moukperian (School Site Supervisor); Paul Ferrara (Administrative Coordinator), Katrina Jegg (Supervisor); Rachel St. Hilaire (Supervisor).

Brock Learning Lab
Faculty of Education
Brock University
130 Lockhart Drive
St. Catharines, ON.
L2T 3W4
905 688 5550 x3548
bllab@brocku.ca

Dane Di Cesare
Interim Director
905 688 5550 x3548
ddicesare@brocku.ca

Tiffany L. Gallagher, Ph.D.
Director (on Sabbatical)
905 688 5550 x3548
tiffany.gallagher@brocku.ca

Paul Ferrara
Administrative Coordinator and Literacy Assistants Coordinator
905 688 5550 x3548
pferrara@brocku.ca

Sharon Moukperian
School Site Supervisor
905 688 5550 x3548
smoukperian@brocku.ca

Rachel St. Hilaire
Supervisor
905 688 5550 x3548
rsthilaire@brocku.ca

Katrina Jegg
Supervisor
905 688 5550 x3548
kj11pp@brocku.ca

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)