Transformative Professional Development
Since 1995, Community Works Institute (CWI) has provided uniquely supportive professional development experiences for K-16 educators—along with publications, and resources that document and disseminate successful programs. Our work with teachers is focused on using the local community as the classroom and as an essential resource for student learning.
CWI's work with teachers, schools, and organizations places particular emphasis on service-learning, place based education, and sustainability. Our outreach work is led by Joe Brooks, a veteran teacher practioner, international leader-advocate in the field, and our principal training and support educator. testimonials
Joe facilitates site based workshops and local Institutes in a multitude of diverse settings around the world. Working closely with teachers and schools, Joe channels his extensive experience and personal passion for place based service-learning and local learning partnerships into a doable process that impassions teachers and helps schools succeed in their vision and planning. email joe
While providing highly innovative training and local based site support to schools, CWI also offers the longest running series of Summer Institutes on Service-Learning in the world. In their third decade, CWI's annual Summer Institutes, in Vermont and Los Angeles, have now brought together thousands of K-16 educators from a host of unique locations 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 local context and needs.
Connecting a Community of Educators
We are building a long term community of connected, likeminded educators and schools to encourage and sustain change and innovation.
Educators, schools and programs using the CWI framework focus on creating learning experiences that enable students to apply skills and content knowledge to real needs in their local community. Schools employing the CWI model are dedicated to providing opportunities for meaningful student voice—learning opportunities that resonate with purpose. learn more
Resources for K-16 Educators and Community Partners
CWI 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 thousands of educators around the world.
Summer Institutes for K-16 and Community Educators
CWI's annual Summer Institutes on Place, Service, and Sustainability take place each summer in Burlington, Vermont and Los Angeles, California. Our outreach activities and workshops take place across the U.S. and internationally, throughout the year. In our work with teachers we use a field tested framework based on educator created best practices and tools. Community Works Institute's 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.
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 fee schedule is available on request info l schools & organizations supported by CWI
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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