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The term learning lab refers to a location in a school, such as a classroom or dedicated section of the library, where students can go to receive academic support, or to the programs school create that deliver academic support. While learning labs take a wide variety of forms from school to school, and they may be known by a wide variety of names (including unique, homegrown names), the strategy tends to share a few common attributes from place to place: Learning labs are typically offered during the school day, but in some cases they may be offered before the regular school day starts or after it ends . Learning labs are often open to any student who wants additional instructional assistance in a specific subject area or help with a particular assignment or project, but in some schools students may be required to attend a learning lab to receive help with an identified learning need—such as persistent difficulties in a math course, for example. Learning labs may have dedicated staff members and support specialists, such as educators who are trained in literacy instruction (i.e., how to teach students to read and write more effectively). In other cases, teachers may be assigned to learning labs on a rotating basis, and students may go to a learning lab on a specific day to receive help in a particular subject area, such as math, science, or social studies. Learning labs may provide academic assistance in all subject areas, or they may provide intensive support in a specialized academic area—perhaps the two most common forms of dedicated learning labs are math labs and literacy labs. Learning labs are often used to support special-education students or students with identified learning disabilities. In these cases, learning labs will supplement or augment the students’ regular academic courses—i.e., the students receive more instructional time in specific academic disciplines or more intensive academic assistance on course-related work—with the goal of helping these students keep pace with their peers or meet expected learning standards.