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Since 1995, Community Works Institute (CWI) has provided uniquely supportive professional development experiences for K-16 educators across the U. S. and internationally—along with publications, and resources that document and disseminate successful programs.
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Transformative Learning
Each year, CWI brings together educators from across the U.S. and around the world in support of Place Based Service-Learning. We believe that advancing and spreading this work requires leadership by real teachers. In support of this goal CWI established the International Council for Place Based Service-Learning to inform our collective work long term. testimonials

Teaching for Compassion and Empathy
In our work with edcuators we place particular emphasis on Place Based Service-Learning and sustainability. We are especially focused on bridging and advancing the crucial relationship between classroom based academics and the social emotional growth of our students.

CWI Supports K-16 Educators and Local Schools

joe brooksOur outreach work is led by Joe Brooks, a veteran teacher practioner, international leader-advocate in the field, and our principal training and support educator. Our collective work is supported by CWI's advisory board, comprised of CWI faculty members, Institute alumni, along with many long-time contributors as we continue to evolve the vision that Community Works Institute represents. testimonials


Joe facilitates site based workshops, local Institutes, and our Summer EAST and Summer WEST Institutes, in Burlington, Vermont and Los Angeles. He is a veteran educator who has worked in a multitude of diverse settings across the U.S. and around the world. Working closely with teachers and schools, Joe channels his own teaching experience and personal passion for place based service-learning and locally focused learning partnerships into a doable process that impassions teachers and helps schools succeed in their vision and planning. We especially emphasize the development and use of local teaching cohorts, both during our Summer Institutes, and in our site based work with schools. email us

Place Based Service-Learning
emphasizes powerful strategies for exploring and understanding your own community's unique characteristics of people, culture and place. We focus on understanding "place" to develop thoughtful deeper service-learning projects and programs that encourage reciprocity, empathy, and student voice. Our goal ultimately is to bring the community together around common purpose, with students as partners and empowered initiators.

Transformative Professional Development

We provide professional development, trainings, planning workshops, and retreats for local schools across the U.S. and internationally. CWI also offers annual intensive Summer Institutes on Place Based Service-Learning, and Sustainability, which take place each summer in Burlington, Vermont and Los Angeles, California. In our work with teachers we focus on internalizing teaching practice, using educator created and a field tested framework, best practice based strategies, and tools. Our focus is on developing academically integrated community focused curriculum and programs for K-16 schools.

We work with schools and community organizations on-site at their locations across the U.S. and internationally. We believe that global citizenship starts at home, and that to serve our local communities we need to understand our local community. The process of exploring and understanding the community is rich with student learning opportunities and partnerships. We help schools with the strategies and pedagogy to succeed in that process. We help educators focus on using their local community as the classroom, as an essential resource for student learning. We provide on site program consulting, highly engaging trainings, faculty retreats, and curriculum planning events.


While providing local site-based training, consulting, and support for schools, CWI also offers the longest running series of Summer Institutes on Service-Learning in the world. Now in their third decade, CWI's annual Summer Institutes, in Vermont and Los Angeles, have now brought together thousands of K-16 educators from schools and organizations across the U.S. and around the world. contact us for support l 909.480.3966

Our Mission is to support and promote exemplary teaching strategies and practices for K-16 and community programs that support students becoming caring, responsible and active members of their communities. Our focus is on supporting curriculum that has place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, and sustainability as the goal. Contact us by email to learn more about how CWI can support your school or organization. We provide on-site trainings specifically tailored for your own local context and needs.

Community Works Institute Alumni, and Participants include K-16 and non-formal educators, along with students, administrators, program personnel, policy makers and community members. contact CWI about scheduling an event at your school.

Resources for K-16 Educators and Community Partners

subscribeCWI provides resources that include publications, trainings, and institutes, that help to create and sustain a movement toward integrating service-learning, place-based and sustainability education. Our flagship publication, Community Works Journal is read by educators around the world.

Partnering with Schools and Communities
Since 1995 Community Works Institute has supported a wide variety of schools, regional programs and organizations. Our events, resources and publications have supported educators from across the US, Canada, and around the world. We provide local on site consulting services, in-services, and trainings each year across the U.S. and internationally. Our schedule of program fees is available on request l testimonials

A Thank You to Our Educator Contributors
We would like to thank the many students, teachers and educational organizations who continue to thoughtfully share their work with us through our publications and this web site.

A special thanks for design and illustration support to Mary Azarian, and Dede Cummings

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