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"Voice of Educators"
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urning the Tide
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for Community Based Organizations

Community Works Institute (CWI) offers a wide variety of customizable ON SITE professional development training and planning events for community based organizations.

CWI Supports Local Community Organizations—ON-SITE

joe brooksWe 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 community we need to understand our community. The process of exploring and understanding the local community is rich with student learning opportuntiies. We can help with that process.

CWI's work with teachers, schools, and organizations places particular emphasis on service-learning, place based education, and sustainability. Our 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

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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

For a consultation, or to discuss bringing CWI to your school, or district, email Joe Brooks, or call us at: 909.480.3966 (PST)

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What We Do
Our support for community organizations and 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.

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How We Work

We will meet your organization exactly where you are, through a customized training, presentation, and/or coached planning and strategy sessions that integrate your program or organization's own unique needs and resources. (program fee schedule available on request)

We are also working now with a number of schools in the U.S. and internationally 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

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 CWI to your community organization, email Joe Brooks, or call us at: 909.480.3966 (PST).

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On Site Faculty Support and Special Events
Community Works Institute (CWI) offers coaching and consulting support, as well as on-site trainings, retreats, and professional development. CWI’s model for Service-Learning is highly effective and comprehensive, at both the instructional and site levels. We will assist your school in assessing specific needs and build a collaborative plan to meet those needs.

• CWI events/workshops are customizable and available in one or multi-day formats.
• we emphasize service-learning, sustainability, and place-based education.
• we support curriculum design that maximizes academic integration, student voice and engagement, while building reciprocal relationships with community partners.
• CWI sessions can also be designed specifically for administrators, youth, and parents.
• We meet your school or organization—where you are—helping to align your goals with concrete outcomes that faculty, students, and parents will engage with and support.

Developing Short and Long Term Professional Development Plans
We provide onsite assistance in developing a comprehensive professional development plan for service-learning. CWI will work with your leadership team to clarify their goals and then coach them through the process of developing a professional development plan that includes the training needed for successful implementation. Schools with clearly stated goals and a plan of action for service-learning have found they are more focused and more productive. Our support services can be customized to include: onsite work with the planning team, grade level sessions, and virtual follow-up.

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Workshops and Presentations
CWI is known for conducting highly interactive, practical, and engaging workshops. Participants in our workshops frequently cite the active, hands-on approach we take All workshops are designed to meet the needs of your specific learning setting.

Participants will learn to use best practice based tools and strategies to:
• Identify high quality service-learning project;
• Create a plan that incorporates service-learning into their teaching;
• Implement a high quality project for diverse types of learners;
• Build a collaborative and student voice driven learning environment;
• Create reflective activities that are responsive to a variety of learning styles

CWI employs dynamic presentations that are designed to inspire and engage faculty members in mission driven work that will bring out the best creative and collaborative spirit in our professional practice. Our presentations are experience based and draw directly from educators in the field.

On Site Consultations and Planning Sessions
Visits to community organizations and schools usually range from two days to one week. We integrate best practice based strategies to create a sense of shared purpose and collaborative process and accomplishment. We assist with long-term planning, alignment with the school’s mission, and practical steps for implementation from the classroom to the campus.

Our planning sessions provide a coached opportunity for teachers and administrators to develop their own curriculum plans and/or school wide continuums, with guided feedback aimed at creating a coherent and viable site plan. We believe that professional dialogue, planning, and work sessions are an often neglected but crucial part of professional development. Our participants consistently tell us that having focused work time with experienced guidance and support is invaluable to their process.

Plan a Local Institute for Your Organization
We work with local schools, districts, and regional partners to create intensive multi-day institutes. These institutes incorporate local priorities and initiatives within a strategic approach to service-learning. Our experience teaches us that truly effective institutes and PD events require a coaching and consultation component.

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