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Discover Powerful Purpose with Project Based Service-Learning

CWI's 2017 Summer EAST Institute
on Service-Learning and Sustainability
Special Early Bird RATEregister by February 17

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Burlington, Vermont • June 19-23, 2017
We're working to involve students in powerful curriculum with a very local purpose. CWI's Summer EAST Institute is a powerful service-learning focused professional development event, set amid the breathtaking landscape of northern Vermont. Join with colleagues from across North America and beyond, working to embrace place based service-learning, and sustainability within our teaching practice. Transform learning by connecting students through creative problem solving to an understanding of the most pressing issues in their own communities. If reimbursement is an issue, payment deferral is available

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CWI's 2017 Summer WEST Institute
on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability

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Los Angeles, California • July 24-28, 2017
CWI's Summer WEST takes place in one of the world's most vibrant and diverse urban settings. Participants from across the U.S. and around the world spend a week together, with intensive expert training and inspiring peer support and collaboration, This is your opportunity to move your curriculum or program to the next level. We work in a collaborative design atmosphere to create compelling and transformative learning opportunities for students in their own local communities. If reimbursement is an issue, payment deferral is available

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EXPERIENCE CWI's Summer Institutes

As educators, we know that we have much important work to do now. Connecting our students to community focused work that builds understanding and creates common purpose is crucial to building strong inclusive local communities. Democracy depends on inclusive civic involvement and positive social action. Life is a teachable moment and service-learning creates intentional opportunity. Our students are our most important resource in this effort. At its core, CWI's Institute is a powerful training and collaboration opportunity for educators who see students as the future.
Our Areas of Focus Include
Best Practice Based Service-Learning • Getting to Real Reciprocity • Student Voice
Sustainable Communities • Local Culture and History • Diversity and Service
Interdisciplinary Studies • Meaningful Reflection • Community Ethnography as Service
K-16 Partnerships • Gardens and Nutrition • Community Based Art • Social Justice
Creating Faculty, Student, and Parent Buy-In • Building a Long Term Thriving Program


Dive Deep Into the Heart of Service and Learning
service learningJoin us this year for CWI's acclaimed Summer EAST or WEST Institute. Spend an intensive and deeply rewarding week immersed in service-learning, sustainability, and place-based education, with inspired educators from across the U.S. and around the world.

“Thank you for a truly unforgettable week. I am so excited about the direction we are headed as a school and really appreciate your support and encouragement. We met with the Leadership Team for our school today and they are all on board!”
Erin Molitoris, Teacher
Christ Presbyterian Academy
Nashville, Tennessee

The Institute provide a unique opportunity to understand why service-learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with your students. But the Institute is truly much more than that. Join us for a transformative professional learning experience that will reshape the way you view the relationship between learning, teachers, and the community.

Rhonda Mitchell, Elementary Teacher
Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia

Dan Guardino, AP Science Teacher
Punahou School, Hawaii

Jennifer Sertel, Outreach Director
Roberts College, Istanbul, Turkey


cuhkOur work at CWI's Institutes is guided and facilitated by CWI founder and international service-learning expert Joe Brooks—a veteran teacher, who for three decades has inspired educators from around the world to involve students in powerful place based service-learning experiences. We work with field tested best practices and principles of sustainability that support engaging your students in academically based service that contributes to building sustainable communities. We emphasize outside the box thinking, the nuts and bolts of design, and long term program design thinking. Participants work with our framework, which includes best practices for service-learning, at both an instructional and site level.

“I had the privilege of working closely with Joe Brooks at CWI's Institute and was impressed with his diverse experience working towards social justice through place-based service-learning, community building and sustainability. For a veteran educator, with twenty-five years in the independent school setting, it is rare for me to be challenged to go deeper in my thinking and Joe is is a master at doing this, all in his warm, flexible way."
Darcy Ellsworth Yow
Director of Service Learning at Marin Country Day School
Corte Madera, CA


trioEach year, our Summer EAST and WEST Institute participants include a highly diverse group of K-16 teachers, administrators, from schools large and small—independent and public—along with community based educators and program leaders—from across the U.S. and around the world. The Institute is appropriate for both veterans and "beginners". In addition to expert training, the Institute provides a rich collegial environment for collaboration and the synergy of ideas and experience from the wealth of vision, talent, and experience represented by our participants. CWI's Summer Institutes are extremely effective for school and community based teams. special team rates are available

I can't over state the importance of this event to my vision and enthusiasm."
Julie Metzler, Director of Community Arts and Service
Kansas City Art Institute

"Through teamwork at the Institute, my challenges turned out to be
my biggest advances. My enthusiasm for service-learning has grown ten fold.
CWI's Institute was beyond my expectations.”
Saidy Godette, Social Studies Teacher
Georgetown International School


We see service-learning as a crucial piece in a larger effort to connect and engage students with real world issues. Our approach is to first consider place as the context, with service-learning as the strategy, and sustainable communities as the goal. To achieve this we begin our work with educators by considering what sustainable communities look like, and how to connect students to a sense of place—their place—in intentional ways that will inform their experience with service and social action. Student voice and creating real reciprocity (genuine deeper and complimenting relationships) are absolutely inherent to high quality service-learning. An emphasis on social justice and diversity is an intentional and natural part of this process as it unfolds with students.

“I would absolutely recommend CWI’s Institute. I now have a direction to take my program. We are moving from a community service model toward service-learning. I’ve gained confidence that we should move in this direction. Joe's understanding was strong, sensible, and practical.”
N. Elijah Sivin, Teacher / Dean of Student Life
Poly Prep School, Brooklyn, New York


ethnographyStudent voice, reciprocity, and understanding our community are closely linked. Voice leads to engagement and engagement leads to informed discovery. We understand student voice as part of a development continuum—an ongoing process, where it is essential that students participate in making thoughtful choices We also understand that teachers face limits of time, comfort, and experience. The same is true of crafting learning experiences in the local community. We work to find the right mix for each project and circumstance.

Our goal in our work with educators and schools is to set a long term process in motion that is grounded in a shared belief that student voice, reciprocity, and possessing a sense of place hugely deepens student engagement in learning, and in the world around them. This process takes time, practice and is always well worth the effort.

The process of inquiry and discovery, involved in place based education, leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of community itself, in all its forms. This in turn leads to looking at sustainability—uncovering the interconnectedness of people, cultures, place, the natural world, and our own role within that. We use a process that we call "community ethnography" to facilitate students (and teachers) exploring and understanding the place they call home. We begin from a premise that every place is unique and special with a story to tell.
The Institute includes compelling opportunities to practice place based service-learning through community ehthography.

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CWI will work with your school or organization to create high impact local professional development sessions, or a site based version of our Summer Institutes. Local faculty training and planning events are customized to fit each individual site's needs. More information is available on CWI professional development opportunities is available here. email CWI

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