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a PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND DESIGN LAB FOR K-16 and COMMUNITY EDUCATORS

Expert training, experienced guidance, with supportive collaboration. Create academically rigorous service focused curriculum programs. Connect your academic and social goals with compelling student centered community focused projects that build authentic partnerships.
2018 SUMMER INSTITUTES for K-16 EDUCATORS
institute discountCWI's 2018 Summer EAST and Summer WEST Institutes
on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability

SPACE IS LIMITEDLos Angeles and Burlington, Vermont
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 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, with a built-in support system that could only come from invested and passionate peer support and critique. Our focus is on designing service-learning programs that encourage reciprocity, empathy, and student voice. Join inspired educators from across the U.S. and beyond at the Institute for a week of deeply fulfilling work. EARLY BIRD RATES THROUGH DEC 20
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SUPPORTING SCHOOLS in CONNECTING TO COMMUNITIES
service learningDiscovering Learning Opportunities in the Local Community
It's been a powerful year of work with K-16 educators and schools across the U.S. and beyond. Our inaugural CWI-Korean Institute in Seoul was a great success with our partners at the Korean International School (KIS). Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, at subscribeCWI's Summer WEST Institute, educator participants worked in the streets of LA's rapidly changing and gentrifying downtown, practicing new Collaborative Ethnography skills—aimed at understanding how to explore local communities. Our educators did similar work at CWI's Summer EAST Institute, in Winooski, Vermont, a former mill town with a story to unfold, including its recent role as a primary refugee resettlement location. Each community is comprised of a multitude of layers, hidden and seen. Our approach supports local teachers as they work with their students to discover and tell the stories that matter. learn more l subscribe to cwi's e-news
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BRING a FACULTY TRAINING to YOUR SCHOOL in 2018
service learningWe 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
PLACE BASED SERVICE-LEARNING in KOREA
service learningCWI 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
service learningCommonLore is Digging Deep Into Community
An innovative K-16 professional training and support program for local a
cademically 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
COMMUNITY WORKS JOURNAL—Digital Magazine for Educators
community works journalCommunity 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.
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MORE RESOURCES from Community Works Institute
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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
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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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