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Summer Institutes 2014

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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
Service-Learning Coordinator
Westminster Sch
ool, Atlanta

Placed Based Service-Learning


Youth Voice


Sustainable Communities
service learning


Peer Support and Critique

Cultivating a Conservation Ethic

for a Sustainable Future

The Social and Public Art
Resource Center

Los Angeles


Register Now, Early Registration Rates through April 30th
for CWI's Summer EAST and WEST Institutes on Service-Learning

CWI's Summer WEST Institute

on Service-Learning

July 28th–August 1st, 2014

Los Angeles, California

at Loyola Marymount University
Summer WEST information register online
CWI's Summer EAST Institute

on Service-Learning

July 14th–18th, 2014

at Shelburne Farms, Vermont

in partnership with Shelburne Farms

Summer EAST informationregister online

"I can't over state the importance of this event to my vision and enthusiasm for taking Community Arts Service-Learning, way beyond its current status on campus."
Julie Metzler
Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, Missouri
“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 in my belief that we should move in this direction. The facilitators’ understanding was strong, sensible, and practical.”
N. Elijah Sivin, Dean of Student Life,
Poly Prep School, Brooklyn, New York

Go East or West This Summer!
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.

“A great week filled with truly incredible and talented people. I loved being
able to learn and then apply concepts to my school.”
Mark Quinto
5th Grade Teacher/ Service-Learning Coordinator
Crossroads School
Santa Monica, CA

As an Institute Participant you will...
• Identify academic connections to place, service, sustainability.
• Find practical ways to encourage student voice and deep engagement.
• 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 partnerships.
• Build buy-in among colleagues, parents, and community members.
• Reinvigorate your own practice, personally and professionally
• Explore the nature of truly compelling work with students.
• Become a part of CWI’s network of passionate educators.

Who Should Attend
K-16 teachers, community based educators, administrators, and program trainers and leaders. CWI Institutes are appropriate for beginner to veteran practitioner.

CWI Alumni include: individuals and groups of K-12 classroom teachers and specialists; VISTA and AmeriCorps members; pre-service teachers; community based educators and leaders; board members; and educators and leaders from the higher education community.

An Excellent Team Opportunity
K-16 schools, districts, and community organizations are encouraged to send teams of participants in order to maximize the learning and increase the opportunities for implementation. Special team rates are available.

K-16 Service-Learning, Community Engagement, and the Common Core
With its emphasis on real world application and problem solving, Service-Learning provides one of the finest ways to fully immerse and invest students in their learning. From pre-school to higher education the educators we work with are focused on extending academic learning through meaningful 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

A Week of Accomplishment
Spend an intensive and deeply rewarding week with educators from around the world, immersed in service-learning, sustainability, and place-based education.

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.

Summer EAST info l Summer WEST info l registration info l register now online

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

Certificates and Relicensure

Professional certificates for 45 hours will be issued upon successful completion of Institute work. 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

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Celebrating Our 19th Year of
Unique Professional Development


Institute Partners and Sponsors
Social and Public Art Resource Center, Friends of the LA River; Shelburne Farms; Green Teacher; California Regional Environmental Education Community(CREEC); Texas Coalition for Campus and Community; Orion Magazine; Loyola Marymount University; LMU Green; California Campus Compact; Sustainable Schools Project; CalServe Initiative; Whittier College; California Department of Education; ExcelYouthZone; Custom Hotel–LA (West), Smart Suites (East)

Visit a CWI Summer Institute

CWI Institute video short [3 min.]
An Introduction to the Institute

Hear from Institute Alumni

CWI Institute video short [3 min.]
Rhonda Mitchell, Elementary Teacher
Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia

CWI Institute video short [2 min.]
Nicole Whelan
Service-Learning Director
American School of the Hague

CWI Institute video short [2 min.]
Elijah Silvin, Dean of Students
Poly Prep High School, NYC

CWI Institute video short [2 min.]
Dan Guardino, AP Science Teacher
Punahou School, Hawaii

CWI Institute video short [2 min.]
Jennifer Sertel, Outreach Director
Roberts College, Istanbul, Turkey


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