a PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND DESIGN LAB FOR K-16 and COMMUNITY EDUCATORS
Create academically rigorous service focused curriculum programs. Connect your academic and social goals with compelling student centered community focused projects that build authentic partnerships. Expert training, experienced guidance and support, inspired collaboration.
Join us as we celebrate our 23rd year of acclaimed Summer Institutes on Place Based Service-Learning. CWI's Institutes are a unique opportunity for expert training, with experienced guidance and deeply supportive collaboration among inspired peers. Create academically rigorous place based service-learning focused curriculum that connects your academic and social goals with compelling student centered community projects. Learn techniques for exploring your own community's unique characteristics of people, culture and place. Our focus is on designing service-learning programs that encourage reciprocity, empathy, and student voice. learn more l early bird rates l register online
An interview with CWI Summer Institute alumna Lisa Derrington
an elementary educator from Los Gatos, California.
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Community Works Journal has been published by Community Works Institute (CWI) since 1995, in support of K-16 teaching practices that build community through academically integrated curriculum. We focus on Place Based Education, Service-Learning, and community building teaching practices. The Journal features educator written articles, essays, and reflections, along with curriculum overviews that highlight the importance of place, service, and community to a relevant and meaningful education.
The Journal consistently featured stories, models and resources intended to inspire by example.We showcase innovative educational strategies, practices and curriculum that involve educators and students in meaningful and compelling work within their communities. We stand for a shared belief in an educational process that is centered on community, with students as active empowered learners and citizens in their community. We welcome unsolicited articles, essays, reflections, resource reviews. Contact us for help in crafting your own submission. submission guidelines l subscribe l community works journal
SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: WHAT DOES EARLY CHILDHOOD HAVE TO DO WITH THEM?
An Essay By Rae Pica I realize this isn’t the kind of thing I typically write about—and it would certainly seem to have nothing to do with early childhood?—but lately I’ve been thinking a lot about school shootings. I’ve found myself asking: What is it that incites such rage in these young people that they see killing as the only resort? Upon reflection, however, I’ve realized we can probably assume that the kind of anger, frustration, and helplessness?—the mental health issues?—evident in school shooters doesn’t just suddenly crop up. It builds! And based on what I know to be happening in the education and lives of today’s young children, I’m firmly convinced that it often does begin in early childhood. read more
BRING a FACULTY TRAINING to YOUR SCHOOL
We Provide On-Site Support for Schools
We provide direct support, on-site at local schools. We work with your faculty to use your own local context to create compelling community focused learning opportunities. Our work with K-16 schools involves sharing field tested approaches to place based service-learning and sustainability. Site based PD options include highly engaging faculty training and planning events, in one, multi-day, and residency formats. Learn how we can support your school right in your own community, including working with your faculty to uncover and discover local opportunities. CWI professional development sessions are designed to meet your school where you live. We support developing a shared faculty vision, framework, and practice. Student and parent sessions are also an important option in creating wider school and community buy-in. Contact us with your story. We can help. learn more l testimonials l email us
SUPPORT for SMALLER SCHOOLS
LEARNING TO LOVE EDUCATION AGAIN Small Versus Large Schools: The Truth About Equity, Cost, and Diversity of Programming By STUART R. GRAUER, Ed.D.
Why do we keep the focus on building gigantic schools when we now have over 30 years of promising small schools data? Here is one big reason the data are ignored: cultural expectations about high school are deeply embedded. Powerful and often compelling myths aboutť schooling tend to govern our collective assumptions about normalcy, and these myths have silently, steadfastly advanced the move to larger, more consolidated schools. read more
PLACE BASED SERVICE-LEARNING in KOREA
CWI Brings Place Based Service-Learning to Korea
CWI is providing professional development support to the Korean International School (KIS) in Seoul as they transition their existing K-12 intiatives around project based learning (PBL) and experiential ed toward a strong focus on the local community. KIS an elite school by any standard, has made a commitment to integrating place based service-learning within its curriculum K-12. CWI's director and lead outreach educator Joe Brooks is working closely with faculty, students and parents on-site at KIS on their new initiative. His starting point, as always, has been to understand the local community context, along with the hopes and vision of faculty, students and parents. Joe is providing on-to-one coaching, consulting, and professional development, with a CWI Institute on Place Based Service-Learning for faculty culminating his first extended visit to KIS. bring a CWI training to your school
FROM COMMUNITY EXPLORATION to EMPATHY—The CommonLore Program
CommonLore is Digging Deep Into Community
An innovative K-16 professional training and support program for local academically based community inquiry projects that intentionally build community. CommonLore is now available for K-16 schools. Learn to design compelling curriculum experiences that are centered on the people, issues, and culture of your own local community. CommonLore supports teachers in working with students to discover and share their local community's past, explore its present, while becoming local advocates and visionaries for the future. At its core, CommonLore is about connecting people in local communities. CommonLore is about building bridges of understanding through student projects. We provide K-16 schools and local organizations with expert training, strategies, inspiration, and hands-on support in creating locally focused curriculum. Join us in creating authentic student centered learning with compelling social purpose. learn more l contact us
MORE RESOURCES from Community Works Institute
Check Out CWI's Blog CWI's Blog is a great resource for Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability as practiced by teachers in the field. You will also find state of the art curriculum resources and inspiration models and program exemplars. Keep up to date on events, articles, and information from CWI and our partners. cwi blog
The Complete Resource for Service-Learning and Sustainability
This resource guide created by teachers for teachers, is now in use by educators across the U.S. This is an invaluable tool for K-16 educators using community service, service-learning, and/or sustainability in their program. Whether you are in an early start-up phase, or working to evaluate and enhance your existing program, this publication is an excellent tool for that process. learn more
CWI's Voices of Educators Series —Rhonda Mitchell, Teacher
Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia For the past two decades, we've been talking with a broad cross section of U.S. and international teachers and administrators. These conversations have focused on the work they care most about, place based service-learning and sustainability. Learn what inspires them, why, and how collaboration with other educators has been crucial to their work. more videos
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