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Summer WEST begins promptly at 8:30am on Monday, July 24 and ends, following an important culminating activity, promptly at 4:30pm on Friday, July 28. Late arrivals and/or early departures are discouraged out of respect to the group.






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CWI Institute video short [3 min.]
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


A Professional Learning Lab for K-16 and Community Educators

Summer WEST Institute Faculty


JOE BROOKSis 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. .

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Paula CohenPAULA COHEN—has been a teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District for the last eleven years, mostly at the middle school level. She uses a strong projects based approach that allows for student voice, academic choice and active engagement in learning. Breaking down the four walls of the classroom, thinking about how to use educational spaces more creatively, connecting students to their community and greater world in authentic learning experiences, are what drives her practice. Paula believes in networking to connect schools to local organizations and communities. At Orville Wright Middle School where she previously taught, she organized to builda student and community garden on a derelict acre of land on the school’s property that still thrives to this day. She now is a board member on the all-volunteer nonprofit that oversees the garden. Paula is an alumnus of Community Works Institute’s (CWI) Summer WEST Institute.
darinDARIN EARLEY—serves as Director for the LMU Family of Schools. He has led the growth of the LMU Family of Schools from a university initiative to a collaborative partnership serving thirteen schools. Darin is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of the FOS, managing various programs and projects that support FOS partner schools, and serving as a liaison between university departments/division and partner schools. Darin also provides support in instructional design and implementation, coordinating professional development opportunities for teachers, supervising grant funded projects and working with school site staff members to address culture and climate issues that impact student achievement. Darin previously workedas an administrator, classroom teacher and human relations facilitator, Darin brings with him over 17 years of experience with the Los Angeles Unified School District. A native of Los Angeles, he attended both Loyola Village Elementary and Westchester High School before going off to Howard University where he graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. He has a Masters degree in Educational Administration and is currently enrolled in the USC Rossier School of Education Doctoral program with a concentration in “Teacher Education in Multicultural Societies”. Darin is also the founder of, Darin is an author, speaker, husband and father of five. He serves as a part-time faculty in the LMU Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

DIANEDIANE SHINGLEDECKER—As a computer applications instructor at Portland Community College, Diane has been incorporating service-learning into her computer and business classes for the past two decades.  In her role as District Service-Learning Faculty Coordinator for Career Technical Programs for the past four years, she has helped faculty in a wide-variety of disciplines embed service into their credit classes. Diane has also coordinated campus eCycling efforts through service-learning for many years which has culminated in permanent, eCycling bins being added to the ground floor of the campus library along with regularly scheduled collection and hard-drive smashing events.  She has also been coordinating the PCC Extra Life Gaming Marathon for the past three years which brings computer, ESOL, Spanish, Nursing, and Student Government together to raise money for children’s hospitals.  Both have allowed Diane to grow collaborative on-campus service projects across diverse disciplines and student groups. Most recently, Diane worked with instructors from Sociology, Computer Science, Math, and the College Success Program to integrate a survey project into their classes around the issues of housing insecurity and the book Evicted by Matthew Desmond.  Her current goal is to weave social justice into her service-learning work. She strives to discover deep, meaningful service in often unexpecteddisciplines.
Diane is completing her Master’s Certificate in Service-Learning at Portland State University as part of a sabbatical from PCC.  During this sabbatical, she traveled to India to learn more about international service and work in orphanages and schools there. Diane most recently presented a workshop entitled “Community-Based Learning: Collaborative Action for Social Justice Across Unlikely Disciplines” at the Campus Compact’s 2017 Continuums of Service Conference in April in Denver, CO.

michelleMICHELE JAQUIS—is a socially engaged artist and educator whose work examines the complexities within personal relationships, identity, language and communication. Her videos, installations, performances, photos and text-based works have been presented in alternative spaces, galleries, museums, conferences, and film festivals across the US and in Australia, Canada, Ireland and New Zealand. Michele holds a College Teaching Certificate from Brown University, an MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design, and a BFA in sculpture and experimental studio with a minor in psychology from Hartford Art School/University of Hartford. Her combined teaching experience includes sixteen years at the college level, seven years as a behavior therapist for children with autism, and one pivotal summer at a juvenile detention facility. Jaquis is currently Associate Professor and Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Artists, Community and Teaching Program at Otis College of Art and Design.
patty kovicPATRICIA KOVIC—is part of the creative team at Facility a brand and design consultancy in Los Angeles and an Associate Professor at Otis College of Art and Design, where she focuses on a successful interdisciplinary teaching practice through the Product Design, Artist Community and Teaching and Creative Action programs. She is lead faculty for the Creative Action course NEIGHBORGAPBRIDGE, which received the 2011 Design Ignites Change Award, given to designers and architects who want to make a difference. Ms. Kovic was awarded the Teaching Artist in Residence at the Skirball Cultural Center in fall 2012, in conjunction with the Library of Congress exhibition "Creating the United States."  She is also the recipient of a 2012 Otis Curricular Innovation Grant for Blended Learning, in support of her dedication to digitally focused, future learning models.  Patricia enjoys writing about Experimental, Educational Innovation and has published and presented her ideas in a variety of venues including AICAD and IDSA.  Ms. Kovic received her BFA from SUNY Buffalo and pursued graduate studies in painting at Brooklyn College.

carlosCARLOS ROGEL—is the Project Manager for The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC). SPARC, one of the most important educational and cultural resources in Los Angeles. Community murals represent social history, culture, and the opportunity for participatory democracy and collective action. We will visit and explore SPARC which was founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, painter Christina Schlesinger, and filmmaker Donna Deitch. The Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) is an arts center that produces, preserves and conducts educational programs about community based public art works. SPARC espouses public art, particularly community murals, as an organizing tool for addressing contemporary issues, fostering cross-cultural understanding and promoting civic dialogue. Working within this philosophical framework, SPARC has created murals and other forms of public art in communities throughout Los Angeles and increasingly in national and international venues. Carlos will help us make the connections between SPARC's experiences and our effort to connect students and schools to their local communities.

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