ABOUT: A HISTORY OF THE SOCIETY

The MLE Training and Research Society oversees the operations of the Variety Learning Centre, the Mediated Learning Academy, and the Variety Child Centre. The Society was established on December 2, 1991, and was granted charitable status in 1992.

The Society was initiated by a group of Lower Mainland professionals who were interested in the Mediated Learning Experience (MLE) method of helping individuals reach their learning potential. The MLE approach applies the theories and practices of the world-renowned psychologists, Vygotsky and Feuerstein. These practices form the basis of the new cognitive paradigm for education.

Through MLE (a type of interaction), the student takes an active part on the learning process. Learning becomes a process shared between teachers and students. Students develop feelings of self-worth, begin to take reasonable risks, and improve in their intellectual and behavioural functioning. They develop the basic thinking processes fundamental to learning.

The Society was granted space by the Vancouver School Board (VSB) for their operations in 1991. Seed money was received from Variety the Children's Charity. Eventually, two portable classrooms on Grandview School prperty were purchased by the Society with the help of a number of charities, including Variety the Children's Charity. The VSB continued to be an important partner in the development of this approach to education. The Variety Learning Centre operated successful summer school and part-time tutoring services at this and other sites, throughout the Lower Mainland for ten years.

The Society opened the year-round Mediated Learning Academy (MLA) in September 2003 in Coquitlam, which also became the new home of the Variety Learning Centre. In 2008 the Society opened an Annex for students in grades K - 5 in Port Moody. A Child Centre for children ages 1 - 5 was added in 2010.

The Variety Learning Centre arm of the Society continues to offer summer and after-school programs, individual tutoring and assessment services, and parent programs. The Academy supports the learning of students through MLE as well as through speech-language and occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and counselling.

 
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