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Student Publishing
who we've supported
"Voice of Educators"
–interviews with k-16 educators in support of service-learning.

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Since 1995, CWI Summer Institutes have served educators across the U.S. and around the world, as a design lab for progressive curriculum.
Summer EAST Institute
Burlington, Vermont
Summer WEST Institute
Los Angeles, California
alumni testimonials
"Voice of Educators"
–interviews with k-16 educators that speak to the importance of service-learning and sustainability.

download Service-Learning and The Common Core

With its emphasis on real world application and problem solving, Service-Learning is one of the finest ways to fully engage students in meeting goals for "community engagement" (higher education) and Common Core objectives (K-12).


CWI Supports Local Schools and Community Organizations
Community Works Institute (CWI) works with school and community educators—across the U.S. and internationally—in support of teaching practices that connect K-16 students and curriculum to their local community and the world. Since 1995, we have worked closely with thousands of educators from nearly every context and geography, public and independent—from Manhattan to Los Angeles, and from Warsaw to Hong Kong. testimonials

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Our support for schools focuses on helping educators integrate place based service-learning, and sustainability within the curriculum, as a central part of every student's K-16 experience. Service-learning is associated with higher student engagement and achievement, improved school climate, and greater teacher effectiveness.

We Support Educators by:
• Providing high quality 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 CWI to your school, district, or community based organization, email Joe Brooks, or call us at: 909.480.3966 (PST).

Annual Summer Institutes for Educators
CWI offers 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.

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CWI's Unique Approach to Service-Learning

service learningService-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 professional development work, trainings, and workshops are guided by CWI founder and place based service-learning expert Joe Brooks. Joe is a veteran teacher, who for three decades has inspired and supported educators from around the world to involve students in powerful community focused experiences. Our sessions use field tested best practices and principles of sustainability that support engaging your students in academically based service that contributes to building sustainable communities.

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 organization to assess the best approach to your unique situation and needs. We will help you to identify an outcomes based event that will inspire and motivate faculty/staff. CWI events are customizable and available in one day or multi-day formats.

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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
• 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

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