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Summer EAST 2017 begins promptly at 8:30am on Monday, June 19 and ends, following an important culminating activity, promptly at 4:30pm on Friday, June 23. Late arrivals and/or early departures are discouraged out of respect for fellow participants. Please schedule travel plans accordingly.


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CWI is committed to empowering all educators to attend the Summer Institutes and we have partial scholarships to support this vision. Our goal is to distribute partial scholarships on a needs basis, especially in public schools and underserved communities. contact us


“You make the five day commitment worth it! I really thought you hit the mix dead on.”
Leitzel Schoen
Service-Learning Director
Westminster School, Atlanta

“Excellent! This has motivated me to get to the next level. Thank you so much for the best professional development I’ve ever had!”
Marc LaVoie, Teacher
American School of Budapest

“Transformative work during the week! I found myself becoming even more determined about the role that service-learning can have in our school.”
Vernita Vallez, Principal
Inter-American Magnet School
Chicago, Illinois

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

“I believe you touched many hearts and will start movements around the school. This was a very good session. Thank you for giving us the motivation! I now think it’s possible and have the willingness to do so.”
Ana Gabriella Ochoa Arias
American School

“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 Int'l School

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Rhonda Mitchell, Elementary Teacher
Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia

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Dan Guardino, AP Science Teacher
Punahou School, Hawaii

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Jennifer Sertel, Outreach Director
Roberts College, Istanbul, Turkey


Planning and Collaboration

Renewal and Inspiration

Youth Voice

Social Justice

Sustainable Communities
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A Professional Learning Lab for K-16 and Community Educators
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CWI's Summer EAST Institute Faculty


Joe Brooks—is the Founder and Director of Community Works Institute (CWI) and visionary advocate-leader for embedding place based service-learning in K-16 education and community programs. Over the past three decades he has worked across the U.S. and internationally with students, educators, and administrators, at every grade level, both in urban and rural contexts. As a public school teacher he established a nationally recognized K-12 service-learning program that included a student run community newspaper that thrived for twenty years. In 1995 he established CWI's Summer EAST Institute in Vermont, and later Summer WEST in Los Angeles. These week long intensive Institutes function as a collaborative learning and design laboratory and have been attended by educators from nearly every U.S. state and many countries around the world. Participant demographics include K-16 and community educators from an incredibly diverse set of contexts and job descriptions. Joe's message to Institute participants is to always seek to develop learning experiences that possess a compelling sense of purpose.

Joe is an internationally recognized expert on place based service-learning and a veteran workshop leader, facilitator, and keynote speaker who believes that the path to a meaningful life and education lies in deep community engagement and self efficacy. He advocates that education must focus on a creating a developed sense of place, informed by the goal of sustainable communities, using principles of democratic teaching and social justice—with the regular opportunity to apply content and skills in meaningful service to the community. His work with students and educators emphasizes support of designed learning environments where students reap the academic and social benefits of an experiential curriculum connected to people, nature and place. email Joe

SteveSteve Colangeli—veteran science and agriculture teacher in the Alternative Education Program at Middlebury Union High School in Middlebury, Vermont. Steve has a strong passion for sustainable agriculture and environmental science. For the past six years he has been involved in building school based greenhouses and gardens as outdoor classrooms. Steve, his students, and colleagues use the gardens and greenhouse as a base for a variety of service-learning projects that connect the curriculum to the community. Over the years Steve has been involved in a multitude of service-learning projects and is always inspired by the learning that students gain through this type of education. Steve lives in Charlotte with his wife Cory, and his son Aiden. They are in the beginnings of opening Paradiso Farm, a small farm business on their property growing winter-greens, figs, and ginger. In his spare time, Steve enjoys racing his bike and spending time on the lake with his family. He is a longtime faculty member of Community Works Institute.
mary whalenMary Whalenis a veteran high school history teacher who has worked extensively with student voice and participation as democratizing principles in her classroom. She and her students have compiled a diverse array of experiences as participants in service-learning projects both locally and nationally. Mary brings first hand experience and professional passion to the question of how we create and nurture meaningful student voice within the constraints of a typical classroom and school. She is also a recent recipient of a Rowland Fellowship for Declaring Ourselves!  an action research project concerning civic engagement in the 21st Century.  Service-Learning, Participatory Action Research and Live Video Collaboration is her current focus. She currently teaches at Twinfield Union School in Plainfield, Vermont.
dan higginsDan Higgins—has been working to document, understand, and illustrate change in Vermont for more than forty years—formally as an educator, and informally as a community member's lifelong passion. Dan is a Professor of History and Art History, Emeritus, at the University of Vermont, where he taught for many years, through many disciplines—including anthropology and photography. His particular focus has been on Burlington's next door neighbor, the city of Winooski, where he has observed the demographics diversify significantly since he arrived in the 1960s. Now a retired UVM professor, Dan Higgins founded the University of Vermont's Photography Program. He has been taking portraits of Winooski residents for more than forty years. For his latest formal photography show, he found his subjects in a new way— through a local virtual neighborhood. Dan approaches photography differently from most documentarians. Rather than trying to capture subjects off guard or unposed, he actively works with them to create the final shot, using props, poses and costumes to help them craft a visual narrative about themselves. Higgins' photographs are not typical and do not depict the pastoral beauty of rural Vermont. For four decades, he has been focusing his lens on workaday people and the seemingly mundane places where they congregate. That work has also often included students as learning documentarians. Dan is also involved in community gardens, a long term effort in Burlington. He is currently coordinating a sister city exchange with Nicauragua, that was originally an initiative under the administration of Mayor Bernie Sanders.
marcMarc Chabot—is the science teacher at Thetford Academy in Vermont and has taught high school chemistry and/or physics for more than twenty years. His curriculum includes several excellent examples of service-learning, among them the Physics Problem-Solving Unit. He was a Christa McAuliffe fellow based on his project “Reaching Mainstreamed Students in Chemistry using Computers.” Marc was awarded the Radioshack National Teacher Award in 2004 and was a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2002. He has trained as a National Facilitator for the School Reform Initiative. Marc is longtime CWI faculty member and regular presenter and facilitator at CWI events.
James Pape—is an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute. He originally trained as a historian & historic preservationist and has a life-long love of history and preserving and restoring everything he finds that is beautiful, elegant or useful. He notes that he is painfully shy and prefers to go through life anonymously—which never seems to work. James is Certified trainer in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention and is currently a Special Educator specializing in clinical work w/ students w/ emotional disabilities.He was previously a Middle School alternative classroom teacher with students with emotional disabilities for 11 years. James developed and ran a Middle/High School Alternative program within Winooski School District, following the belief that education is best implemented for students within their home community. James also shares that reading is painful for him, and so it’s difficult to understand why folks do it for fun; hence, as a teacher he prefers hands-on, multi-sensory instruction—and always has. He also builds and restores furniture in his spare time, preferring hand tools. He particularly enjoys Windsor Chairs as they are as close to perfection as a craftsman can get. James is the father of two girls and husband of one wife and is an avowed Marxist—Groucho that is! “Those are my principles, and if you don't like them... well, I have others”.

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