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About the Ed Lab

The Betty Holden Stike Education Laboratory in the Watson College of Education at UNC Wilmington is designed as a critical component of the teacher preparation programs of the university. Future teachers practice the methods they are learning in their courses by teaching 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 Team

Ed Lab instructors 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. The Ed Lab team works tirelessly to provide support for our future teachers to make tutoring a personal and meaningful experience.

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Parents and family members 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 talk with with parents or caregivers regularly to give updates on learning progress. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend the Author's Showcase. At the end of each semester, tutors lead a summary conference with parents, highlights their semester's work. At the conference, parents also receive a letter from the tutor detailing the child's tutoring experience.