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Transforming Teaching Through Place, Service-Learning and Sustainability
for PROGRAM PROMOTION and DOCUMENTATION
What We Do
Since 1995, Community Works Institute (CWI) has worked with thousands of educators across the U.S. and internationally. We help educators to create exciting and authentic curriculum and programs that connect students and schools to their communities.
CWI’s best practice based model has supported educators around the world in making service-learning a core part of their school culture and teaching practice. A crucial component of any successful program is successfully communicating to stakeholders the legacy, accomplishments and future direction of the program or iniative. CWI is well versed in documenting and communicating program attributes to a diverse audience.
Bring CWI to Your School, District, or Organization
CWI’s approach to place based service-learning and sustainability is uniquely powerful. Service-learning is associated with higher student engagement and achievement, improved school climate, and greater teacher effectiveness,
For a free consultation, or to discuss bringing CWI to your school, district, or community based organization, email Joe Brooks, or call us at: 909.480.3966 (PST)
How We Work
We will meet your school or organization exactly where you are, through a customized training, presentation, and/or coached planning and strategy sessions that integrate your school or organization’s own unique needs and resources.
We Support Educators By
• Providing high quality training, consulting, and professional coaching.
• Showcasing resources and curriculum examples that work.
• Publishing and sharing teacher created work.
• Connecting practitioners in the field.
Let CWI Help You TELL YOUR STORY Through Documentation and Promotion
Community Works Institute has documented and shared the work of students, teachers, schools, and educational organizations since 1994,through print publications and on-line media.
Our goal is to help you share your accomplishments, stories and strategies within your own community and with other educators. We also are able to provide a voice, platform and audience for sharing innovative teaching and learning strategies. Participants, funders and other stakeholders will appreciate a powerful and coherent record of your accomplishment. We regularly publish the success stories of our partners on our own web site which demonstrates to funders and patrons the value of this work to other educators and communities.
We assist schools and organizations in articulating and sharing programs, curriculum models and evidence of student learning. We will work with you to develop stories that can be shared with other schools and educators. We invite you to consider sharing reflections and stories through our online magazine Community Works Journal.
We use a collaborative process to develop a model for documentation and dissemination that maximizes the knowledge, resources, and networks of both your organization and ours.
We Offer a Wide Range of Support Options:
• identifying curriculum exemplars and evidence of student learning;
• researching, editing, and writing articles for publication;
• documenting schools and their programs, along with the wider outcomes.
• coaching individuals and groups in reflective writing about their experience;
• integrated use of video documentation for activities, programs, and events;
• collaborating on publication and evaluation partnerships.
Web Site Design and Development
We assist educational organizations in documenting and sharing their story through the use of on-line media. We support the process of both collecting and of telling the story. Technical support may take a variety of forms including: creation of a partnership that makes use of our web site; or providing design support for an organization in developing an independent web site.
On Site Support and Events
Community Works Institute (CWI) offers coaching and consulting support, as well as on-site trainings, retreats, and professional development. We will assist your school or organization 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.
• CWI sessions can also be designed specifically for administrators, youth, and parents.
• We will 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 Plans
We provide onsite assistance in developing a comprehensive documentation and promotion plan. CWI will work with your leadership team to clarify their goals and then coach them through the process of developing a practical documentation and promotion plan. Schools with clearly stated goals and a plan for properly promoting both legacy and achievments have found they are more focused and more productive when it comes to telling their "story". Fundraising efforts directly benefit from a coherent approach to documentation. Parents and funders will immediately understand what your organization stands for in practical terms of accomplishment.
Consultations On Site
Visits to 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 putting a documentation process in place, as well as with long-term planning.
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.
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.
“You make the commitment worth it! I really thought you hit the mix dead on.”
Westminster School, Atlanta
“I would absolutely recommend Community Works Institute. I now have a direction in which to take my program. We are moving from a community service model toward service-learning. I’ve gained confidence in my belief that we should move in this direction.”
N. Elijah Sivin
Dean of Student Life
Poly Prep School, Brooklyn
“Excellent! This has motivated me to get to the next level. Thank you for the best professional development I’ve ever had!”
Marc LaVoie, Teacher
American School of Budapest
“This was easily the best ‘conference’ I’ve ever attended!.
Portland College, Oregon
“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
“I can't over state the importance of this event to my vision and enthusiasm."
Julie Metzler, Director
Community Arts and Service
Kansas City Art Institute
“CWI has also helped me to more effectively plan for all the important factors in managing a school-wide service-learning program.”
Joseph Valdez, Teacher
New Beginnings Charter
Bedford Stuyvesant, NYC
"Thanks for the wonderful course, I came back inspired and eager to continue with the service-learning project. I am sold on implementing service-learning as the primary teaching strategy in my classroom.“
5th Grade Teacher
Seattle Public Schools