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CWI's 2019 Summer WEST Institute
on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability
July 22-26, 2019 • Los Angeles, California

in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design


register onlineTeaching for Empathy CWI Institutes are about connecting academic and social-emotional goals with compelling student-centered learning projects, teaching empathy through community focused experiences. Expert training, experienced guidance and support, with inspired collaboration.

Build a School Cohort Opportunity CWI Institutes are an excellent opportunity build a local cohort of teachers, (with scholarship support) focused on creating hands-on opportunities for students to learn and practice essential social and emotional skills like empathy, understanding, and compassion. Place Based Service-Learning provides a pathway to design real and compelling opportunities for your students to be community builders. Cohort recruitment and followup support is available.

Bring your vision, program and project ideas to CWI's acclaimed learning and design lab. Summer WEST is a week of deep inspiration, set in Los Angeles, one of the world's most vibrant, culturally rich urban settings. Join us for a transformative week of project and program design, expert training and guidance, field work, and inspired networking. Experience a unique insider perspective into Los Angeles and its locally focused social activism.
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An interview with CW Institute alumnus Matthew Budd
Community Action Director, at Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn. 
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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.

The following are among our areas of focus at the Institute:

Framework for Place Based Service-Learning • Teaching for Empathy • 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

Who Should Attend
Each 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.

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.

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.
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CW Institute alumna Lisa Derrington an elementary educator from Silicon Valley, California shares her experience at the Institute.
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About 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.

sparcPlace 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, in small and larger ways. Join inspired educators from across the U.S. and beyond at the Institute for a week of deeply fulfilling learning, planning work, and collaboration. special premium registration. 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.
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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.

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.

We Also Provide Local Professional Development 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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