CommonLore—Practitioner Advisory Group
CommonLore Director / Founder, Community Works Institute (CWI)
Joe guides CommonLore as our principal training and support educator, and facilitates our collective work. Joe is a veteran educator channeling his personal passion and extensive experience with place based education through CommonLore. He sees this work as part of an effort to create compelling opportunities for students to bring their communities together, through purposeful, local, people-oriented projects.
Joe travels widely supporting schools and teachers through a process that includes the use of Collaborative Ethnography as a teaching tool to develop understanding, empathy, and compassion. He is also the Founder and Director of Community Works Institute (CWI) which sponsors CommonLore. For the past three decades Joe has served as an international advocate, speaker, and workshop leader for embedding place based service-learning and sustainability in K-16 education. As a public school teacher in Vermont, he established a nationally recognized K-12 service-learning program that included a unique student run community newspaper that thrived for more than twenty years. Joe is also the publisher of Community Works Journal, a digital magazine for educators.
He travels widely working with schools and teachers through a process that includes the use of Collaborative Ethnography as a teaching tool to develop understanding, empathy, and compassion. Over the past three decades Joe has worked across the U.S. and internationally with students, educators, and administrators, at every grade level, both in urban and rural contexts.
As a public school teacher he established a nationally recognized K-12 service-learning program that included a unique student run community newspaper that thrived for twenty years. In 1995 he established CWI's Summer EAST Institute in Vermont, and later Summer WEST in Los Angeles. These week long intensive Institutes function as a collaborative learning and design laboratory and have been attended by educators from nearly every U.S. state and many countries around the world. Participant demographics include K-16 and community educators from an incredibly diverse set of contexts and job descriptions. Joe's message to Institute participants is to always seek to develop learning experiences that possess a compelling sense of purpose and reciprocity.
Joe is an internationally recognized expert on place based service-learning and a veteran workshop leader, facilitator, and keynote speaker who believes that the path to a meaningful life and education lies in deep community engagement and self efficacy.
He advocates that education must focus on a creating a developed sense of place and community, informed by the goal of sustainable communities, using principles of democratic teaching and social justice—with the regular opportunity to apply content and skills in meaningful service to the community.
Joe's work with students and educators emphasizes support for a mix of designed and "informal" learning environments where students reap the academic and social benefits of an experiential curriculum connected to people, nature and place. Connecting students in authentic and important ways to their community is at the center of that. Joe is also the publisher of Community Works Journal, a digital magazine for educators.
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