the Ed Lab
The Betty Stike Educational Laboratory at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is designed as a critical component of the undergraduate elementary and special education programs. Students practice the methods they are learning in their courses by tutoring a child in a one-on-one setting.
Tutoring is designed as a positive experience, focusing on the child's strengths, needs, and interests. Students are coached as they learn new strategies and skills in reading, writing and mathematics. Open communication with parents is also an important part of the Ed Lab experience.
The Ed Lab is located in the Watson College of Education Regional Educational
Resource Center. It provides an environment rich with print and non-print
media, manipulatives for math, and a wide variety of materials and supplies
which invite learning.
Ed Lab Staff members are dedicated educators with many years of experience in the classroom. Our goal is to support future teachers as they become reflective decision-makers. Staff includes faculty members and administrative support, as well as graduate and undergraduate student workers. Staff is available
from 9 am to 2pm, Monday through Thursday, to review lesson plans. The
staff provides daily support to the learning activities of the lab.
Parents as Partners
Parents are integral to the success of tutoring. They provide valuable insights into their child's learning and guide the development of the tutoring objectives. Tutors communicate with parents or caregivers after each tutoring session and give updates on learning progress. Parents are invited to participate in the Author's Showcase. At the end of the semester, tutors lead a summary conference with the parents, summarizing the semester's work. At the conference, parents also receive a letter from the tutor detailing the child’s tutoring experience.