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CWI's 2015

on Place, Service-Learning
and Sustainability


through March 31
• Winter Early Bird: $1,089
• Winter Early Bird TEAM: $989
—4 or more (per person)

April 1 to April 30
• Spring Early Bird: $1,189
• Spring Early Bird TEAM: $1,089
—4 or more (per person)

After April 30—if space remains

• Regular Tuition ($1,289)

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“You make the five day commitment worth it” The professional organization and preparation certainly distinguish you from other experiences I’ve had. I really thought you hit the mix dead on.”
Leitzel Schoen
Director of Service-Learning
Friends Seminary, NYC

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Professional Development for the 21st Century

on Place, Service-Learning, and Sustainable Communities

CWI's Summer EAST Institute
Burlington, Vermont •
June 22-26, 2015
CWI's Summer EAST Institute is a premier international educators' event,
set amid the breathtaking landscape of northern Vermont. Join with colleagues from across North America and beyond, working to embrace place, service-learning and sustainability within their teaching practice. Exemplary
training, tools, curriculum planning, and more.

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CWI's Summer WEST Institute
Los Angeles, California July 6-10, 2015

CWI's Summer WEST participants from across the U.S. and around the world experience expert service-learning support, training and curriculum planning—in a retreat like setting, adjacent to one of the world's most vibrant and diverse urban settings. Veteran practitioners, model programs, guided support, curriculum planning, and more. Join us for a week to remember.

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Focus Your Teaching Practice and Passion on Community Engagement

"Transformative work! I will use this process and knowledge to change how our school gets students involved in their community. I found myself even more determined about the role that service-learning can have in our school. Thank you for taking a leadership role.”
Vernita Vallez, Principal
Inter-American Magnet School,
Chicago, Illinois
“I would absolutely recommend CWI’s Institute. I now have a direction in which 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. The facilitators’ understanding was strong, sensible, and practical.”
N. Elijah Sivin, Teacher/Dean of Student Life
Poly Prep School
Brooklyn, New York

DON'T MISS Our Early Bird Rates for Summer Institutes—through March 31
Dive Deep with Service-Learning!
21st Century Skills in Action; Student Voice; Building Real Reciprocity in Service Projects; Building Schoolwide Support; Science, Gardens and Nutrition; Social Justice; Local History and Culture; Service and the Arts; Community Ethnography and Mapping; Reflection, and more

Who Should Attend

Each year, our Summer Institute participants include a highly diverse group of K-16 teachers, community based educators, administrators, and program leaders from across the U.S. and around the world. The Summer Institutes meet each participant where they are and are appropriate for both veterans and beginners. In addition to expert training, the Institute provides a rich environment for collaboration and the synergy of ideas and experience.

Expert Training, Curriculum Planning, and
Powerful Collaboration

CWI's Summer WEST and Summer EAST Institutes are both facilitated by veteran CWI faculty members. Each Summer Institute has it's own distinct flavor and guest presenters. Both events focus on curriculum design, using field tested service-learning best practices and principles of sustainability, to engage K-16 students in academically based service that contributes to sustainable communities. We emphasize both instructional and site level best practices that will serve classroom, program and administrative educators equally well.

An Exceptional School Team Planning Opportunity
CWI Summer Institutes are extremely effective for school and community based teams. Teams from K-16 schools, districts, and community organizations are able to use the week's learning, tools, and retreat like setting to maximize opportunities for creating school or program wide buy in and deeper implementation. Special team rates are available.

A Unique Opportunity to Dive Deeply Into Service-Learning
Understand Why It Works, How it Works, and How to Maximize It's Effect

Our Institute Goals:
• Identify 21st Century skills and academic connections to place, service, sustainability.
• Find practical ways to encourage student voice and deep engagement.
• Make powerful cross disciplinary connections.
• Create a coherent working plan for your classroom, school, or program.
• Develop a deeper understanding of the role and practice of reflection.
• Learn strategies to develop authentic school and community partnerships.
• Learn how to build buy-in among colleagues, parents, and community members.
• Reinvigorate our practice, personally and professionally
• Explore what truly compelling community focused work with students looks and feels like.
• Become a part of CWI’s network of passionate educators.

Service-Learning, Community Engagement, and Invested Learners
Service-learning represents the most comprehensive strategy for achieving the learning and growth outcomes we all share as educators. With its emphasis on real world application and problem solving, service-learning provides one of the most effective ways to fully immerse and invest students in their learning. From pre-school to higher education the educators that we work with are focused on extending academic learning through meaningful application and community engagement.

"Service-learning is one of several 'deeper learning' strategies that states, districts, schools, and teachers may use to help students gain a deeper understanding of core academic content and simultaneously build deeper learning skills through the integration of content knowledge with application."
Common Core State Standards Initiative

DON'T MISS Our Early Bird Rates for 2015 Summer Institutes—through March 31

A Week of Accomplishment
Spend an intensive and deeply rewarding week immersed in service-learning, sustainability, and place-based education. ith educators from across the U.S. and around the world, CWI's Summer Institutes deepen practice through interactive training designed to maximize learning, growth, and accomplishment. Participants learn to use CWI’s model for service-learning best practice, with both an instructional and ‘site level” focus. Fostering student voice is a core component of our work. The week includes ongoing opportunities for dialogue with experienced faculty practitioners and peers. Structured planning and reflection time is provided for individual and group work.

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CWI Institute participants will join leading teacher practitioners of knowledge based problem solving who emphasize student learning experiences that are compelling and grounded in the application of knowledge in service to the community.

Certificates and Relicensure
Professional certificates for 45 hours will be issued upon successful completion of Institute work. Three graduate credits are also available for an additional cost. more details

Local Professional Development
CWI will also work with you on a local professional development sessions, or a site based version of our national Institutes. Local institutes must be scheduled at least three months in advance and can be customized to suit individual site needs. email CWI

Community Works Institute
Celebrating Our 20h Year
Unique Professional Development


“Thank you for facilitating 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
Foreign Language Department
Christ Presbyterian Academy
Nashville, TN

I’ve never attended a conference with as much communal learning and feedback. I feel excited and ready to move forward.”
Holly Reilly
Director of MS Community Life
St. Margaret's Episcopal School
San Clemente, California

“This was the best Institute or conference that I have ever attended! I am newly inspired! I will start the school year with many ideas that I am excited to share and try. I also feel I can be clearer in promoting service-learning in my school. Thank you all for your thoughtfulness in planning out such a well rounded and stimulating program.

Terry Yamamoto-Edwards
Science Teacher
Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii

hrough 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 (5-8)  
Georgetown International School

“This was easily the best ‘conference’ I’ve ever attended! It balanced ‘knowledge learning’ with focused quality time to meet individual’s specific needs. The facilitators had an amazing level of experience and understanding.
Diane Shingledecker
Assistant Professor
CBL Coordinator/Computer Apps
Portland Community College, Oregon

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Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia

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Punahou School, Hawaii

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Roberts College, Istanbul, Turkey


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