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CWI's 2018 Summer WEST Institute
on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability SPACE IS LIMITED
July 23-27, 2018 • Otis College of Art and Design • Los Angeles, California


register onlineConnect your academic and social-emotional goals with compelling student-centered community focused projects. Expert training, experienced guidance and support, with inspired collaboration.
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CWI's Summer WEST Institute
subscribeprovides a unique opportunity to understand why place based service-learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with your students. 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.

The following are among the areas we will focus on 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

An interview with CW Institute alumnus Matthew Budd
Community Action Director, at Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn. 
Who Should Attend
Each year, our Summer WEST 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. Summer WEST is also the perfect chance for school and community based teams attending to maximize the week as a planning opportunity. special early bird discounts and team rates

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sparcAbout Our Location
CWI's Summer WEST takes place at Otis College of Art and Design, an innovative leader in art and design education and community participatory art. Otis College is immediate to the city of Los Angeles, a world center of business, communications, the arts, entertainment, and technology. Summer WEST being based at Otis College of Art and Design provides us with an ideal setting for professional development, close in to the multitude of arts and cultural destinations along with the many neighborhoods that make Los Angeles truly one of the most most dynamic and diverse cities in the world.
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CW Institute alumna Lisa Derrington an elementary educator from Silicon Valley, California shares her experience at the Institute.
CWI's Summer WEST Institute is a unique and transformative professional learning experience for K-16 educators. The Institute provides 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.
Summer WEST immerses educators in a dynamic project based learning lab atmosphere, using one of the world's most vibrant and culturally rich urban settings as our context. Join us for an adventure in learning to use "place" and the community as the classroom.

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.

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 WEST involves peeling back the hidden and not so hidden layers of Los Angeles, 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, Los Angeles is no exception. Institute participants will have the opportunity to explore first hand an amazingly diverse and culturally rich world metropolis. We will take you well beyond the superficial depictions in television and film to the real "place." Through field based practicum work and exposure to local projects, we will practice powerful new skills for use in your own local community explorations and projects with students.

register onlineNow Is the Time for Place Based Service-Learning that explores 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.

Engaging Students as Experiental Learners and Community Builders
subscribeOur work at CWI's Summer WEST Institute is guided by field tested best practices 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
Early registration rates are available for individuals and teams. If reimbursement is an issue, a 6 month no-interest payment deferral option is avalable 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.

CWI provides Service-Learning Certificates for 45 hours of professional development upon successful completion of Institute work. email for details

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We Also Provide Local Site-Based Professional Development for Schools

CWI works with local schools and organizations to create high impact local professional development sessions, and in some cases, a site based version of our Summer Institutes. Local faculty training and planning events are customized to fit each local context and needs. More information is available on CWI professional development opportunities is available here. email CWI


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