In honor of this Wednesday’s grand opening ceremony for the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation, the Resource Center’s new home, let’s have a #ThrowbackTuesday!
The Resource Center first opened in 1967 in the basement of the Classroom Building. The Teacher Education Department had expressed a need for a place within the College where materials used for learning experiences with children could be collected, housed, and used with students in their professional course. The Parent’s Committee of the College contributed funds from their annual drive to make the Resource Center a reality.
The Resource Center was created with the vision of…
- Bringing the mission of the College to life, where students and faculty could learn to apply conceptual understandings explored in course work
- Fostering a hands-on, developmental approach to learning
- Providing space and resources with which to experiment, create, and develop curriculum materials
The Resource Center has been home to a variety of distinctive resources. In the past, animals such as guinea pigs, rabbits, and birds could be borrowed by students to bring into their classrooms. Students could learn new skills in the woodworking lab or in the kitchen. Workshops provided the Wheelock community with the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics from papermaking to castles to therapy dogs.
In 1997, the Helena Grant, funded by Dr. and Mrs. Earl, allowed the Resource Center to add computer hardware and software to its collection. This provided an opportunity to increase the understanding of technology in education for faculty and students. The Math Science Education Center, which opened adjacent to the Resource Center in 2007, added highly-regarded math and science curricula and a mobile laptop lab in a space focused on STEM teaching and learning.
In 2012, with funding provided by a grant for technology and innovation from the Earls, planning began for constructing a new building which would house and greatly expand the purpose of the Resource Center. Check out our next post about the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation, what it will offer, and what it will mean for the Wheelock community.