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subscribeSince 1995, Community Works Institute (CWI) has supported U.S. and international educators in connecting students, curriculum, and entire schools to the local community. We provide annual Summer Institutes and site based trainings and support for schools and community organizations around the world. learn more

We've been engaged in a series of ongoing powerful conversations with K-16 educators from across the U.S. and around the world. We asked these educators, who are alumni of CWI Institutes, to speak about the importance of place, service-learning, and sustainability in education. We talked with them about what they care about most, including a steady theme around the power of collaborative professional development.*

*Many thanks to Michael Hanish and Free Lunch Productions for his longterm support in this journey.


Voices of the Institute

Matthew Budd, Teacher/Community Action Director
Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn

Marta Vernet, Director of Community and Service-Learning
American School of Barcelona, Spain

Tonia Lloyd, Educator, Psychologist
Newark Public Schools, Rutgers University

Lisa Derrington, Elementary Teacher
The Mulberry School, Silcon Valley
, CA

Shai Pina, 8th Grade Humanities Teacher
The Gordon School, Providence, Rhode Island

Scott Fischer, Teacher, Service-Learning Director
Park Tudor School, Indiana

Matthew Budd, Director of Community Action
Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn, NY

Jane Jack, Director of Small Learning Communities
Decatur High School, Indiana
Tom Luthy, Math Teacher
University of Chicago Lab School, Illinois

Lise Leist, Dean of Community Affairs
King School, Stamford, Connecticut

Megan Blalock, Teacher, Director of Student Affairs
Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia

Marta Vernet, Director of Community and Service-Learning
American School of Barcelona, Spain
Margo Mullen, Muralist/Artist/Community Builder
Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles

Tim Clare, Math Teacher
The Hewitt School, New York City

Dan Guardino, AP Science Teacher
Punahou School, Hawaii

Rhonda Mitchell, Elementary Teacher
Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia
Jennifer Sertel, Outreach Director
Roberts College, Istanbul, Turkey

Elijah Silvin, Dean of Students
Poly Prep High School, New York City

Nancy Richardson, German and Women's Studies Teacher
Saint Louis, Missouri
Nicole Whelan, Service-Learning Director
American School of the Hague, Netherlands

Jessica Sankey, Director
Chittendon Solid Waste District, Burlington, Vermont

Megan Webster, High School Teacher
St. George's School, Montreal, Canada

Michael Barbaro, Director of Service
Trinity School, New York City

Vernita Vallez, Principal
Inter-American Magnet School, Chicago, Illinois


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