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 click on the links on the left-hand side to learn more about the Learning Lab and for contact information.

Tutoring for Literacy and Numeracy

READING SUPPORT PROGRAM

To improve reading and writing skills, children and adolescents attend the Learning Lab’s Reading Support Program for one-on-one tutoring once or twice a week.

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 one-on-one numeracy support to children and adolescents. 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.

CLIENT FEES

One client, one session per week for the term: $180
One client, two sessions per week for the term: $300

Sibling discounts may be available.

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.

Contacts

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

Jessica Domanico
Administrative Coordinator (until November 2017)|
T 905 688 5550 x3548
jdunn2@brocku.ca

Paul Ferrara
Administrative Coordinator (November 2017 – June 2018) and Supervisor
T 905 688 5550 x3548
pferrara@brocku.capf10tz@brocku.ca

Rochelle Tkach
Community Liaison and Supervisor
T 905 688 5550 x3548
Rochelle.tkach2@brocku.ca

Rachel St. Hilaire
Supervisor
T 905 688 5550 x3548
rs12oq@brocku.ca

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

Brock Learning Lab Steering Committee: Drs. Diane Collier, Xavier Fazio, Jennifer Rowsell, Debra Harwood, Kari-Lynn Winters, and Tiffany Gallagher; Jessica Domanico; Randy Pruyn (NCDSB); Melanie Sendzik (DSBN).