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CWI's Summer Institutes on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability
a PROFESSIONAL LEARNING AND DESIGN LAB FOR K-16 and COMMUNITY EDUCATORS

Expert training, experienced guidance, with supportive collaboration. Create academically
rigorous service focused curriculum programs. Connect your academic and social goals with compelling student centered community projects.


SPECIAL FUNDER'S OPPORTUNITY for 2018 INSTITUTESREGISTER NOW at $599 per person

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT SAVES 40%
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register by DEC 20 • Individual $699 per (saves 40%)
register by DEC 20 • School Teams 3+ at $599 per
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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, 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 in one of the most progressive cities in the U.S. Experience a week of inspiration and expert training, amid the breathtaking summer landscape of northern Vermont.
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Place 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

subscribeExplore and connect to your own community's unique characteristics of people, culture and place. Create compelling student projects that bring your community together. At the Institute we focus on designing service-learning programs that encourage academic rigor, reciprocity, empathy, and student voice. Join inspired educators from across the U.S. and beyond for a week of deeply fulfilling work.
"The Institute was invaluable to my practice. It helped me understand service-learning
in a much more sophisticated and nuanced way. I’ve gained the knowledge to improve
my existing projects, to inform likeminded educators at my school, and support my administration
as it seeks to make a more institutional commitment to this type of teaching.”
—Emily DeMarchena, The Hackley School, New York
Our Areas of Focus Include
Best Practice Based Service-Learning • Getting to Real Reciprocity • Student Voice • Social Justice • Sustainable Communities • STEM Connections • Local Culture and History • Project Based Learning • K-16 Partnerships • Interdisciplinary Applications • Meaningful Reflection • Collaborative Ethnography • Gardens and Nutrition • Community Based Art • Creating Schoolwide Buy-In • Building Successful Long Term Programs

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 Service-Learning, Sustainability, and Place-Based education programs. Our Summer Institutes provide a unique opportunity to understand why service-learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with your students.
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Who Should Attend
picEach 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 and leaders. We emphasize strategies that create deep faculty, student, and community buy-in, with an eye on long term success.

Our learning lab atmosphere provides a rich collegial environment for professional learning, planning, and collaborative support for your own project or program. CWI Summer Institutes are appropriate for both veteran practitioners and "beginners". In addition to expert training, The Summer Institute offers participants a synergy of ideas and experience drawn from the wealth of vision, talent, and experience represented. The Institute is also the perfect chance for school and community based teams to maximize the week as a unique planning and development opportunity. special early bird and team rates




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Digging Below the Surface, 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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