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service learning summer institute

CWI's 2018 Summer Institutes
on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability

Create academically rigorous service focused curriculum programs. Connect your academic and social goals with compelling student centered community focused projects that build authentic partnerships. Expert training, experienced guidance and support, inspired collaboration.

register by MARCH 30 • Individual $799 per
register by MARCH 30 • School Teams 3+ at $729 per
(tuition is $1,089, after all early bird rates expire)
register by MARCH 30 • Individual $799 per
register by MARCH 30 • School Teams 3+ at $729 per
(tuition is $1,089, after all early bird rates expire)
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CWI's 2018 Summer WEST Institute
on Place Based Service-Learning
and Sustainability

JULY 23-27, 2018 • LOS ANGELES, CA

Bring your vision, program and project ideas to CWI's acclaimed learning lab. Summer WEST is set in one of the world's most vibrant, culturally rich urban settings. Join us for a transformative week of project and program design, expert training and guidance, field work, and inspired networking.
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CWI's 2018 Summer EAST Institute
on Place Based Service-Learning
and Sustainability

JUNE 25-29, 2018, BURLINGTON, VT
The longest running Service-Learning training for educators in the world, Summer EAST is a powerful learning lab for educators, set amid the breathtaking summer landscape of northern Vermont. Experience a week of inspiration, expert training, and powerful collaborations with an exceptional group of colleagues.
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Our Areas of Focus and Connection
subscribeCWI's Summer EAST and WEST Institutes provide a unique opportunity to understand why place based service-learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with your students. The following are among the areas we will focus on at the Institute:

Framework for Place Based Service-Learning • Getting to Real Reciprocity • Student Voice • Social Justice • Sustainable Communities • STEM Connections and Transdisciplinary Themes • Exploring Local Culture and History • Connecting S-L to Project Based Learning • K-16 Partnerships • Meaningful Reflection • Collaborative Ethnography as a Tool for Service • Gardens and Nutrition • Community Based Art • Creating Faculty and School Buy-In • Building a Successful Long Term Program

Since 1995, educators from across the U.S. and around the world have gathered at CWI's Summer Institutes for deeply rewarding work—immersed in developing Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability focused education programs.
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Who Should Attend
Each year, our Summer Institute community of participants includes a highly diverse group of K-16 teachers and administrators, from schools large and small, rural and urban, independent and public, along with community based educators. We emphasize strategies that create deep faculty, student, and community buy-in, with an eye toward long term success.

picOur learning and design lab atmosphere provides a rich collegial environment for professional learning, problem solving with peers, project planning, and inspiring support for your own project or program. CWI Summer Institutes are appropriate for both veteran practitioners and "beginners." In addition to expert training, CWI's Summer Institute offers participants a synergy of ideas and experience drawn from the wealth of vision, talent, and experience represented. The Institute is the perfect deep planning and development opportunity for your school team. special early bird and team rates

CWI Institutes are a unique experience, providing expert training, experienced guidance, and supportive collaboration in creating service focused curriculum and programs. Learn how to mesh your academic and social goals with compelling student-centered community projects. Participants will also have the opportunity through field based practicum work to gain powerful new skills for use in local community exploration with their own students.

Based Service-Learning is a strategy to explore your own community's unique characteristics of people, culture and place. We focus on designing service-learning programs that encourage reciprocity, empathy, and student voice. Join inspired educators from across the U.S. and beyond at the Institute for a week of deeply fulfilling work.


Digging Below the Surface with Students, Finding the Real Community

When we think about service-learning it includes learning to explore and more fully understand and access our own local communities. To practice this skill, our work at Summer EAST involves peeling back the hidden and not so hidden layers of Vermont, as an example of what is possible for students locally. Just as any community possesses a multitude of levels and layers to be discovered and understood by students, Vermont is no exception. Institute participants will have the opportunity to explore first hand a nearby community that is deeply challenged, but newly diverse and culturally rich. Going well beyond the superficial depictions of Vermont in media and film, through field based practicum work we will gain powerful new skills for use in your own local community explorations and projects with students.

Rhonda Mitchell
Elementary Teacher
Trinity School, Atlanta, GA

Dan Guardino
AP Science Teacher
Punahou School, Hawaii

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

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