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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


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service learning

“You make the five day commitment worth it! I really thought you hit the mix dead on.”
Leitzel Schoen
Service-Learning Director
Westminster School, Atlanta

“Excellent! This has motivated me to get to the next level. Thank you so much for the best professional development I’ve ever had!”
Marc LaVoie, Teacher
American School of Budapest

“Transformative work during the week! I found myself becoming even more determined about the role that service-learning can have in our school.”
Vernita Vallez, Principal
Inter-Amer. Magnet School
Chicago, Illinois

“I can't over state the importance of this event to my vision and enthusiasm."
Julie Metzler, Director
Community Arts and Service-Learning
Kansas City Art Institute

“I believe you touched many hearts and will start movements around the school. This was a very good session. Thank you for giving us the motivation! I now think it’s possible and have the willingness to do so.”
Ana Gabriella Ochoa Arias
American School

“Through teamwork at the Institute, my challenges turned out to be my biggest advances. My enthusiasm for service-learning has grown ten fold. CWI's Institute was beyond my expectations.”
Saidy Godette
Social Studies Teacher  
Georgetown Int'l School

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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


Planning and Collaboration

Renewal and Inspiration

Youth Voice

Social Justice

Sustainable Communities
service learning

CWI's 2017 Summer WEST Institute
on Service-Learning, and Sustainable Communities
July 24-28, 2017 • Los Angeles, California


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. .

bestyBETSY KALIN—is an award winning film director who will be joining us for a very special screening of her groundbreaking film East LA Interchange, which chronicles the story of one of Amercia's great places of social change, inclusion and activism. Her feature-length documentary, Hearts Cracked Open, premiered to great acclaim at the San Francisco International LGBT Film Festival and has won several awards. Her film, Roof, premiered at New York City’s MoMA for New Directors/New Films and is a part of the Short Shorts compilation. In 2010 she made Chained!, a short documentary that screened in festivals around the world, and in 2013 produced the award-winning film Click. Betsy established and for the past two decades has run Itchy Bee Productions, a full service production and distribution company specializing in high-quality films that entertain, educate and inspire. She holds a BA in Women’s Studies from Columbia College at Columbia University and an MFA in Directing from the University of Miami. Her feature documentary East LA Interchange has been featured on NBC L.A. and has won eight jury and audience awards to date.
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.
rob shumerROB SHUMER—has been involved in education for more than 40 years. He has taught from middle school through graduate school. Rob is the former Director of Field Studies at UCLA and the past founding Director of the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse and The Center for Experiential Education and Service Learning at the University of Minnesota. His current research interests involve civic and service programs in several states, including New Mexico, Mississippi, and Minnesota. He also is working with participatory action research/evaluation by engaging middle school and college students in evaluation of community-based programs, as well as providing evaluation/program development assistance in several countries. Rob is the past President of the Minnesota Evaluation Association and current board member of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement.  He currently teaches courses at University of Minnesota on civic engagement, participatory evaluation, and constructivist curriculum and has conducted more than 25 research/evaluation studies on national service, service-learning, civic engagement, and participatory evaluation. Rob is the editor of the Information for Action: Journal for Research on Service-Learning with Children and Youth and serves on the editorial boards of several national and international journals/publications.
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.

Additional guest faculty biographies may be added. Please check back on a regular basis.



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