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CWI’s 2019 Summer WEST Institute
on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability
JULY 22-26, 2019, LOS ANGELES, CA

in partnership with Otis College of Art and Design
Followup support via 3 Skype sessions is included.

FULL Scholarships for Program-Team Leaders
learn more l email l 909.480.3966 (PST)
no application process

This was the best Institute or conference that I have ever attended! I am newly inspired! I will start the school year with many ideas that I am excited to share and try. I also feel I can be clearer in promoting service-learning in my school.”
Terry Yamamoto-Edwards, Science Teacher
Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii

“The Institute deeply touched me. I loved working with all of the diverse professionals present, enriching, open minded, knowledgeable, and caring people. It impacted me, therefore it was meaningful, I’m owning it and I’m taking it with me!”
—Lilia Vargas, Teacher
, SEP Director
The American School Foundation, A.C., Mexico City

Developing Empathetic, Connected, Global Citizens
CWI Institutes are about connecting core 21st Century academic and social emotional skills through
compelling student-centered learning projects focused on the local community.

Bring your vision, program and project ideas to CWI’s acclaimed learning lab. Summer WEST is a community of practice, set in Los Angeles, one of the world’s most vibrant, culturally rich urban settings. A week of inspired project and program design, expert training and guidance, field work, and inspired networking. The Institute provides a unique opportunity  to understand why place based service-learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with students,

Each year, our Summer WEST community of participants is comprised of a highly diverse group of K-16 teachers and administrators, from schools large and small, rural and urban, independent and public, along with community based educators. CWI Institutes are appropriate for both veteran practitioners and “beginners.”  We emphasize strategies that create deep school and community buy-in, with an eye toward long term success.

Joe BrooksOur work at Summer WEST is guided by CWI founder Joe Brooks, a veteran K-16 educator, former public school teacher, and internationally recognized leader in Place Based Service-Learning. Joe provides site based workshops, retreats, and local Institutes for K-16 schools around the world, along with our flagship Summer EAST and WEST Institutes. He channels his extensive experience, drawn from three decades in the field, into the Institute process. Joe brings a deep personal passion for local learning and partnerships into a doable process that helps schools build deeper lasting curriculum and programs, from vision to planning to action. Joe will be joined at the Institute by guest faculty educator-innovators from K-16 classrooms and programs. email Joe

is a problem solving based teaching strategy that brings academic and social emotional skills together with service to the community. Students explore their own community’s unique characteristics of people, culture, place, discovering and acting on challenges in need of solution.

Student Voice • 21st Century Skills • Reciprocity • Social Justice • Global Citizenship • Sustainable Communities • Transdisciplinary Themes • Exploring Local Culture and History • PBL and STEM Connections • K-16 Partnerships • Meaningful Reflection • Collaborative Ethnography • Food, Nutrition and Gardens • Participatory Art • Creating School Wide Buy-In

CWI’s Summer WEST takes place at Otis College of Art and Design, an innovative leader in art and design, education, and community based participatory art. Otis College is immediate to the city of Los Angeles, a world center of business, communications, the arts, entertainment, and technology. Our location at Otis College of Art and Design provides an ideal setting, close in to the multitude of arts and cultural destinations along with the many neighborhoods that make Los Angeles truly one of the most most dynamic and diverse cities in the world. email us with questions, or call 909.480.3966 (PST)

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One of Summer WEST’s traditional highlights is exploring the powerful community focused work of our partners at SPARC. The Social and Public Art Resource Center, SPARC, one of the most important educational and cultural resources in Los Angeles and located in nearby Venice. Co-founded in 1976 by muralist Judith F. Baca, The Social and Public Art Resource Center is a working arts center that produces, preserves and conducts educational programs about community based public art works.

Our Institute work with Collaborative Ethnography on the streets of Los Angeles
really caused me to think differently about my teaching.”

Rick Malmstrom, Social Studies Teacher/Service-Learning Director

The Ellis School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Digging Below the Surface, Finding the Real Community
When we think about Place Based Service-Learning it includes learning to explore and more fully understand and access our own local communities. To practice this skill, our work at Summer WEST involves using Collaborative Ethnography to learn to peel back back the hidden and not so hidden layers of our local communities. We will gain powerful new skills for use in your own local community explorations and projects with students.

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Institute Tuition and Professional Certificates
Early registration rates are available for individuals and teams. If reimbursement is an issue, payment deferral is an option during the online registration process. Tuition includes all training materials, and catered lunches. [see current tuition rates] The tuition fee does NOT include lodging. Discounted accommodations for CWI participants are available at the Custom Hotel. Call Camarina Santana at 310-258-5715 .

CWI provides participants with Certificates in Service-Learning, for 45 hours of professional development, upon successful completion of Institute work.

“The wide range of people at the Institute and their experiences broadened my world and broke down barriers.
It pushed me to see things from a different place.”
Carwai Seto, Math Teacher
Black Pine Circle School, Berkeley, California

Discounted CWI Accommodations Rates are available. Our partners at the Custom Hotel (next to our location at Otis College of Art and Design) have a limited number of rooms available for CWI Summer WEST participant. A full service grocery and many local eateries are within a five minute walk. Likewise, the ocean is 10 minutes by car.

To RESERVE a room at the Custom Hotel call 310.258.5715, Ask for Camarina or Shantal in Events Dpt. Be sure to request CWI’s Special Rate of $129/night [by July 10, 2019]

register online l early bird and team rates
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The Custom Hotel-LA is a newly renovated LA chic boutique hotel. The hotel was originally built by mid-century architect Welton Beckett, designer of the world-famous Capitol Records building.

Otis and the Custom Hotel are located just to the west of downtown Los Angeles in the neighborhood of Westchester, which sits atop the Del Rey Hills also known as the Westchester Bluffs. The Westchester community is separated from the Pacific Ocean by Playa del Rey on the west. Westchester is a small residential neighborhood, just south of Venice Beach and Santa Monica, with many restaurants, cafes, several upscale grocery stores, and a retro bowling alley Eldorado Lanes. From Westchester you can be in Venice Beach in fifteen minutes or in Hollywood within a half hour. local maps [click for map]

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