CWI's Summer WEST Institute Inspiring expert training and professional collaboration, set amid the uniquely vibrant multicultural landscape that is Los Angeles. 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. Join us for a transformative week of project and program design, expert training and guidance, field work, and inspired networking. special rates/teams l print registration forml testimonials l register online l tel: 909.480.3966
Develop Global Citizens Through Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability
CWI Institutes are about connecting core 21st Century academic and social emotional skills with compelling student-centered learning projects. We promote teaching for empathy by designing powerful community focused learning experiences.
Practicing 21st Century Skills Through Experience The Institute provides expert training, experienced guidance and support, with inspired collaboration. A core part of the Institute includes interactive sharing of experienced best practice, blended with cohort learning, designed to create a community of practice. 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. Focus on creating hands-on opportunities for students to learn and practice essential social emotional and academic skills. Teach for empathy, understanding, and compassion using Place Based Service-Learning as a design strategy and method to create real and compelling opportunities for your students to be community builders. Followup support via 3 Skype sessions is included.
Connecting to the Arts and Community
One of Summer WEST's traditional highlights is exploring the powerful community focused work of our partners at SPARC. The Social and Public Art Resource Center, SPARC, one of the most important educational and cultural resources in Los Angeles and located in nearby Venice. Co-founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, The Social and Public Art Resource Center is a working arts center that produces, preserves and conducts educational programs about community based public art works.
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.
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. CWI Summer Institutes are appropriate for both veteran practitioners and "beginners." We emphasize strategies that create deep faculty, student, and community buy-in, with an eye toward long term success.testimonials Since 1995, educators from across the U.S. and around the world have gathered at CWI's Summer Institutes as a powerful professional learning community, immersed in developing Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability focused education programs. CWI Summer Institutes provide a rich collegial environment for professional learning, problem solving with peers, project planning, and inspiring support for your own project or program.
A Community of Practitioners
In addition to expert training, CWI's Summer WEST offers participants a synergy of ideas and experience drawn from the wealth of vision, talent, and experience represented. The Institute is the perfect opportunity move your vision forward. For a limited time we have an excellent opportunity for local cohort-teams of teachers, to attend (with special rates).
Our Areas of Focus and Connection CWI's Summer WEST 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 the areas we will focus on at the Institute: Student Voice • 21st Century Skills • Reciprocity • Social Justice • Global Citizenship • Sustainable Communities • STEM • Transdisciplinary Themes • Exploring Local Culture and History • Project Based Learning Connections • K-16 Partnerships • Meaningful Reflection • Collaborative Ethnography as a Tool for Service • Gardens and Nutrition • Participatory Art • Creating Buy-In
• Building Successful Long Term Programs
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, with students in the forefront of that process.
Project Based Learning and Service-Learning
Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Service-Learning are highly complimentary approaches, involving a dynamic approach to learning through active exploration of real-world problem solving. Place Based Service-Learning move PBL projects toward the community with social purpose. special rates/teams l print registration form l testimonials l register online l tel: 909.480.3966
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 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, Los Angeles is no exception. Institute participants will have the opportunity to explore first hand a community that is deeply challenged, but breathtakingly diverse and culturally rich. Going well beyond the superficial depictions of Los Angeles 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 Early 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 accommodations for CWI participants are available at the Custom Hotel. Call Camarina Santana at 310-258-5715
CWI provides participants with Certificates in Service-Learning, for 45 hours of professional development, upon successful completion of Institute work.
We Also Provide ON-SITE 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 on CWI professional development opportunities is available here. email us