for Place-Based, Service-Learning, and Sustainability
Place as the Context, Service-Learning as the Strategy,
and Sustainable Communities as the Goal
The CWI Framework for Place, Service-Learning and Sustainability
The CWI design framework can be applied across K-16 or community based settings, to any academic skill, content, or program area. The CWI framework may be used for a single project, or as part of a long term program or campus wide focus on service and community engagement. We use a framework that sets one's local place as the context with service at the center of experience. The goal is to contribute to a sustainable and just community. CWI alumni comment
Our Core Principles for Service-Learning
We have identified four core principles that we emphasize in our professional development and program design work. These core principles came out of our experience working with educators in the field over many years. Applying these principles help to set the stage for successful service-learning and long lasting academic and social development.
A Compelling Sense of Purpose
The work resonates strongly with educators and students personally and has a clearly understood value to the community.
Learning objectives are well defined, understood by all, and connected to standards, local curriculum and school or program goals.
Student Engagement and Reciprocity
Emphasis is placed upon investing students as real partners and collaborators in the experience.
Meaningful Integrated Reflection
The experience is intentionally deepened and learning is reinforced through multiple and creative forms of reflection.
Curriculum projects and programs that use the CWI framework incorporate a series of field tested best practices, at both the instructional and site level. New relationships and roles, along with partnerships with the local community are an important and inherent part of this process. Deepened collaborations among educators, students and community members are a result of learning to work together in new ways.