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

June 25-29, 2018, BURLINGTON, VERMONT


register onlineConnect your academic and social-emotional goals with compelling student-centered community focused projects. Expert training, experienced guidance and support, with inspired collaboration.

Register Soon with an Early Bird Rate or School Team Package learn more
—special discounts for members of the following organizations
—special reduced rates for "high need" schools learn more

CWI's Summer EAST Institute is a week of inspiration and expert training, amid the breathtaking summer landscape of northern Vermont. The Institute provides a unique opportunity to understand why place based service-learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with your students.

An interview with CWInstitute alumnus Matthew Budd
Community Action Director, at Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn
Place Based Service-Learning
is a strategy to explore your own community's unique characteristics of people, culture and place.

With a focus on "place" we work to develop service-learning projects and programs that encourage reciprocity, empathy, student voice. We seek ultimately to bring the community together around common purpose.

Join inspired educators from across the U.S. and beyond at the Institute for a week of deeply fulfilling learning, planning work, and collaboration.

The following are among our areas of focus 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.

Who Should Attend
register onlineEach year, our Summer EAST 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, parent, and community buy-in, with an eye toward long term success.

We have discounted accommodations available for $139/night, at Holiday Inn in South Burlington. Call Stephanie at the Holiday Inn, at 802-419-6204 and reference Community Works Institute.

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About Our Location
Summer EAST is set amid the breathtaking landscape of northern Vermont, and for more than two decades has been a premier international professional development event. Summer EAST takes place in Burlington, Vermont. Burlington is consistently ranked as one of the most progressive and sustainable cities in the United States, and possesses a rich tapestry of progressive institutions and programs, grounded in the down to earth atmosphere that is Vermont. learn more

CWI's Summer EAST Institute is 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.
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CW Institute alumna Lisa Derrington, an elementary educator from Silicon Valley, California, shares her experience at the Institute.
Our Design Lab Atmosphere
Our professional learning and design lab atmosphere provides a rich collegial environment for 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.

register online The Institute provides an opportunity to understand why service-learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with your students. Spend a deeply rewarding week immersed in service-learning, sustainability, and place-based education, with inspired educators from across the U.S. and around the world.
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Tonya Williams, principal of urban Githens Middle School in Durham, North Carolina  shares how CWI's Summer Institute prepared her to go back and implement a deep approach to Service-Learning with real faculty buy-in.
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.

Engaging Students as Experiental Learners and Community Builders
instituteOur work at the Summer Institute is guided by field tested best practices for service-learning and principles of sustainability that support the goal of engaging your students in academically based service that contributes to building sustainable communities. We emphasize both instructional and site level best practices that support the nuts and bolts of design, with an emphasis on long term program thinking.

Connecting our students to community focused work that builds understanding and creates common purpose is crucial to building strong and socially just communities. Democracy depends on inclusive civic involvement and positive social action. Our students are our most important resource in this effort. Service-learning creates teachable moments and intentional opportunities for students to contribute to their local community. At its core, CWI's Institute is a powerful training and collaboration opportunity for educators who are intent on investing students in our collective future.

Project Based Learning and Service-Learning
Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Service-Learning are very complimentary approaches, involving a dynamic approach to learning through active exploration of real-world problem solving in the classroom.

Place Based Service-Learning possesses these characteristics, with the crucial addition that the focus is generally outside the classroom, with students using their academic knowledge and skills to explore and address genuine community needs. Service-Learning, like PBL, promotes student voice and choice as a way of supporting a student centered approach

Institute Tuition and Professional Certificates

register onlineEarly registration rates are available for individuals and teams. If reimbursement is an issue, payment deferral is an option during the online registration process. Tuition includes all training materials, and catered lunches. [see current tuition rates] The tuition fee does NOT include lodging. Discounted lodging is available with our longtime local partners at Smart Suites. Call 802-860-9900 to reserve your room(s).

CWI provides participants with Certificates in Service-Learning, for 45 hours of professional development, upon successful completion of Institute work.

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


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