Fran Rubio-Katz and Aly Young are the dynamic-duo that is Learning Lab!
Beyond being highly seasoned educators, Fran and Aly created their own S.P.A.C.E Philosophy that identifies the five key learning components for academic success. Their philosophy and expertise in focusing on the emotional processes, as the most important step toward success in the educational one, makes The Learning Lab truly unique.
After years of moving my daughter, Grayce from teacher to teacher, tutor to tutor and fighting for an IEP that didn’t seem to produce consistently better results, it took The Learning Lab for me to finally understand, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result”. I learned the importance of paying closer attention to the emotional well-being of my child and how it impacts her educational experience. They also went above and beyond in helping me build bridges with Grayce’s teachers and school administrators, which has proven to be a difficult challenge to say the least.
Case in point: Seeing how distraught I was regarding, yet another school meeting with my daughter’s teachers and ESE Specialist, Fran represented me. Sitting there once again as the staff flipped through files, saying the same things I’ve heard before about Grayce’s poor performance, Fran took control and cut through the clatter. She quickly parsed through the paperwork, knowing exactly what to look at and what to ask for. Shen then succinctly explained that one of the big issues besides her ADHD, was Grayce’s emotionality which blocks her Executive Function, needed to improve her performance. The response from her teachers was less than enthusiastic when Fran respectfully offered some suggestions that might be helpful to my daughter’s progress. But Fran remained undaunted and took more time out of her busy schedule to follow up with a second meeting in attempt to build productive bonds with them.
Not only do Fran and Aly truly partner with you and your child every step of the way, they provide their top-notch team with inspirational leadership, by fostering a fundamental shift in thinking about education and providing an environment of encouragement and steadfast support.
The gains that Grayce has made with The Learning Lab are significant. Her Reading Comprehension Diagnostic went from a 3rd grade to a 5th grade level, increasing by a whopping 78%! Her math grades are continually improving as well. But most importantly, her confidence and self-esteem has risen tremendously and she looks forward to going there each and every day. The Learning Lab is not just a place to put your child. It is a partnership with passionate professionals, who make a real difference in children’s (and parents’) lives.
Elyse Ranart (Grayce’s Mom)