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Welcome to the Hunter College Learning Lab!

The Hunter College Learning Lab (HCLL) offers specialized training to teacher candidates in the area of learning disabilities. In doing so, the program offers free one-on-one tutoring to children and adolescents with IEPs twice per week for a full year at Hunter College. These children get the benefit of a graduate level tutor who is creating individualized lessons for reading, writing, and math interventions for each student.

In addition, we partner with schools throughout the city to provide after school tutoring at those school sites.

How are students eligible to attend the Learning Lab?

The Learning Lab is for children with learning disabilities. Children must have a current Individualized Education Program (IEP). The Learning Lab is not for children with significant cognitive impairments or whose primary need is behavioral. Children who attend public or private schools can attend.

How can my child apply to participate in Learning Lab and receive free one-on-one tutoring?

English Application: click here to view and/or print the English application

Spanish Application (Formas en español): click here to view and/or print the Spanish application

Frequently Asked Questions in Spanish (Información en español): click here to view and/or print

When will we know if we are accepted?

Children are placed on a waiting list until a tutor becomes available. Parents will be contacted by a representative from Hunter.

What is the Learning Lab?

The Hunter College Learning Lab (HCLL) is the core practicum experience for teacher candidates in the Graduate Program for Learning Disabilities (LD) within the Department of Special Education. It is a free program that consists of a year-long supervised practicum experience (SPED 782/SPED 784) working one-on-one with a student with an individualized education program (IEP). Teacher candidates learn how to differentiate instruction using evidence based methods in reading, writing, math, and study skills for their student during twice weekly tutoring sessions. Students and their families in the community are able to benefit from this practicum through free tutoring from October-May. And have the opportunity to continue after.

There are approximately 220 teacher candidates who are participating in Learning Lab in the 2016-17 school year. They are each matched with a student from the community or in our partner schools, and provided with exceptional supplementary learning tools in our Learning Lab Materials Room.

When does the Learning Lab take place?

The Learning Lab meets every Tuesday (for adolescents in grades 7-12) from 4:30 to 5:45. For elementary students (grades 1-6) the mandatory day is Thursday from 4:15 to 5:30.This is non-negotiable, as it is the time where instructors supervise tutors through observation, assistance and guidance. The day of the second session is negotiable. The day and time of the second session is based upon the availability of both the Hunter College student and their tutee.

Where is it located?

Teacher candidates in the LD Program are able to provide free tutoring to students in New York City at the following locations:

Hunter College - 695 Park Ave, New York, NY 10065 (68th street and Lexington Ave - 1203E Building)

PS/IS 57 - 175 E 115 St, New York, NY 10029-2031

PS 198: 1700 3rd Avenue New York, NY 10128

What grade levels does the Learning Lab span?

The Learning Lab works with students in 1st through 12th grade.

How does a typical Learning Lab night look?

Elementary Children should arrive between 4:00-4:15 p.m. A family member or caregiver should remain there until their tutor arrives. Adolescent children should arrive by 4:15 and may arrive and depart independently. Each tutor and child has their own table. Work begins at 4:15 or 4:30 p.m. and ends at 5:30 p.m. or 5:45. The focus of the individualized lesson is usually on one or more aspects of reading, writing, math, organization and/or socialization skills. At the end of the session, tutors bring the children to their family member or caregiver who may wait for them in the 3rd floor lounge beside the library.

How long does the Learning Lab run?

The Learning Lab begins in early October and ends in mid-May.

What is the cost of the Learning Lab?

This is a free service. All we ask is that parents keep in close contact with the tutor and ensure their child is available for two tutoring sessions a week at the agreed upon time.

What happens if the child cannot show up to tutoring twice a week for the year?

It is extremely important that all children in the Learning Lab attend two times a week. If this does not occur, Hunter College students may fail this course and delay receiving their teacher certification. Parents who are unable to ensure that their child can attend two times per week will be asked to leave the program.