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CWI Provides SITE BASED Support for Local Schools and Organizations

We work with schools and community organizations—on-site at their locations across the U.S. and internationally. We believe that global citizenship starts at home, and that to serve our local communities we need to understand our community. The process of exploring and understanding the local community is rich with student learning opportunities. CWI's work with teachers, schools, and organizations places particular emphasis on service-learning, place based education, and sustainability. We help schools with the strategies and pedagogy to succeed in that process.


CWI Institute alum Matthew Budd, from Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, on working through the place based service-learning process.   
Place Based Service-Learning is a powerful strategy to explore your own community's unique characteristics of people, culture and place.

With a focus on "place" we work with K-16 schools and educators to develop place based service-learning projects and programs that integrate academic goals, encourage reciprocity, and put great value on developing empathy and authentic student voice.

Our experience is that, with well chosen curriculum projects, students can be our greatest community builders. We seek ultimately to bring communities together around common purpose, with students at the forefront of that process.

joe brooksOur outreach work is led by Joe Brooks, a veteran teacher practioner, international leader-advocate in the field, and our principal training and support educator. testimonials

Joe facilitates site based workshops, training retreats, and local Institutes in a multitude of diverse settings. Working closely with teachers and schools, Joe channels his extensive experience and personal passion for place based service-learning and local learning partnerships into a doable process that impassions teachers and helps schools succeed in their vision and planning. email joe

Our efforts with local schools include working with them on the ground to help identify, prioritize, and connect with local needs and opportunities. We help schools develop curriculum and teaching practices that connect K-16 students to their own community. Since 1995, we've worked closely with thousands of educators from nearly every context and geography, public and independent—from urban Manhattan and Los Angeles, to rural Mississippi and Vermont, and from Warsaw to Korea. testimonials

Tonia Robinson Lloyd an educator and psychologist with Newark Public Schools talks about her experience with Community Works Institute.
What We Do
Our focus with schools is on helping educators integrate place based service-learning, and sustainability within the curriculum, as a central part of every student's experience.

Service-learning is associated with higher student engagement and achievement, improved school climate, and greater teacher effectiveness.

How We Work with Schools
We will meet your school exactly where you are, designing a customized training, presentation, and/or coached planning and strategy sessions that integrate your school or organization's own unique needs and resources. Contact us for details. (program fee schedule available on request)

Contact us by email or phone (909.480.3966) for a consultation at no cost on your school and community's context and needs.

Annual Summer Institutes for Educators

CWI offers several annual intensive K-16 Summer Institutes, in Los Angeles and Burlington, Vermont. CWI's Summer Institutes provide expert training, powerful collaborative opportunities, and a chance to work with educators who literally come from around the world. All Summer Institutes are appropriate for all K-16 educators, including those experienced with service-learning and sustainability, and those who are just beginning. Our Summer Institute are ideal for school planning teams. special team rates.

We Support Educators by:
• Providing high quality on-site training, consulting, and professional coaching;
• Offering annual open enrollment Summer Institutes;
• Showcasing resources and curriculum examples that work;
• Publishing and sharing teacher created work;
• Connecting practitioners in the field

To learn more about bringing a CWI PD experience to your school or organization, email us, or call us at: 909.480.3966 (PST).

Educator and CWI alumna Shai Pina talked with us about the importance of the academic curriculum providing intentional opportunities for our students to personally experience the real life and diversity of their community.
CWI's Unique Approach to Service-Learning
Service-learning is a crucial piece in our larger effort to connect and engage students with real world issues. Our approach is to first consider place as the context, with service-learning as the strategy, and sustainable communities as the goal.

To achieve this we begin by considering what sustainable communities look like, and how to connect students to a sense of place, in intentional ways that inform their interest in service and social action.

Our work with educators is focused on internalizing a teaching process that brings together academic and social goals through community focused learning experiences.

CWI Provides On Site Training and Support
CWI offers a wide variety of customizable workshops and presentations. We provide on-site trainings, retreats, and professional development, as well as coaching and consulting support. We will work with your school or organization to assess the best approach to your unique situation and needs. We will also help you to create an outcomes based PD training and planning event that will inspire and motivate your faculty. CWI events are customizable and available in one day or multi-day formats. Student and parent sessions are also available.

We will meet your school where you are. We support curriculum design that maximizes academic integration and student voice, while building reciprocal relationships with community partners. Presentation and working sessions can be also designed specifically for students and parents.

Contact Us to Explore Support Options for Your School
We would be glad to discuss your school or organization's needs and context, by email or phone, at 909.480.3966 (PST). Our program fee schedule is available on request.

• Introduction to Place Based Service-Learning
• Instructional Best Practices for Service-Learning
• Transitioning from Community Service to Service-Learning
• Collaborative Ethnography as a Pathway to Empathy and Community
• Advanced Strategies for Service-Learning
• Site Level Planning and Program Support
• Reciprocity and the Path to Real Relationships
• Connecting Service-Learning to Standards
• Reflection and Assessment
• Publishing for the Community with Students
• Developing Local Cultural and History Projects
• Promoting Youth Voice through Service-Learning
• Planning for the Long Term Survival of Your Program

subscribeWe are also working now with a number of schools around an exciting and innovative approach that we call "Collaborative Ethnography". This approach develops student driven local inquiry projects as part of a deliberate effort to understand the local community, its people, and its cultures, Developing student empathy and bringing people and local communities together is an intentional outcome of this work. learn more about Collaborative Ethnography

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