Earl Center Hours: Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. | Friday: 9 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. | Saturday: 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.| Sunday: 12 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Wheelock College or FLO/FLC institutional ID is required for entry one hour before closing.

What is the Earl Center?

The Earl Center for Learning and Innovation supports the academic and professional experience of the Wheelock community and serves as a resource for current and future educators, social workers, and child life professionals within Wheelock and across Boston. Together with the Library, we provide a rich, well-rounded set of resources for both research and practice.

Laptops and iPads available!

Not seeing enough computers?  That's because the Earl Center lends out Macbook Airs and iPads!  With the ready availability of outlets, you can get your work (or gaming!) done in many areas of the Earl Center. 

Interactive Touchscreen

It is not only young children who can learn through meaningful hands-on experiences, like touching. 

The Third Space

Colorful area rugs and soft furniture make this space a very informal and relaxed area to meet, study, and do small group work.

The Importance of Play

The Earl Center is a place to learn about and develop hands-on learning activities and to explore new educational materials and technologies.

A Center for Design Thinking

The Earl Center encourages a human-centered approach for finding creative solutions and developing new and innovative ideas.  Contact us for help setting up a design thinking exercise! 

Hawkins Exhibit

Exhibit on Display October 1 - January 8, 2016

Wheelock College will host "Cultivate the Scientist in Every Child: The Philosophy of Frances and David Hawkins," an exhibit of the David and Francis Hawkins' work.  "Through text and photos, educators, and community members, [will] discover curiosity-based learning and integrate the Hawkins concepts in their own experiences."[1]  

[1] Provided by www.hawkinscenters.org

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Earl Center in Action


Featured Item: Perler Beads

Sift through the rainbow, captured inside these little plastic beads, with your own fingers and delight your senses.  This is what it means to be a child-- A bin full of fun.  The Earl Center has the beads, pegboards, ironing paper, and an iron that you can use in our art area.  Also, remotely check out the ebook, Craft it With Perler Beads, through our Library to get some "ooh and awe" ideas.  Image credit: perler.com

Latest Post from View From the Earl Center:

Story vs. Gameplay in Videogames: Good Gameplay, Bad Story, Part 2

Well, here is the second part, the opposite side of the same coin. Let us get down and dirty with how a negative story can ruin a game with solid gameplay. CALL OF DUTY: TRUTH, JUSTICE, AND THE AMERICAN WAY I have seen Team America: World Police, being a huge Continue Reading

Contact Us

Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
180 Riverway
Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Mare Parker O'Toole
Assistant Director, Earl Center for Learning & Innovation

Wheelock College Library
132 Riverway, Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
180 Riverway, Boston, Massachusetts 02215