PLACE BASED SERVICE-LEARNING

THE POWER OF PLACE AND SERVICE
CWI’s professional development events are about connecting core academic and social emotional goals with compelling student-centered learning projects—teaching for empathy through powerful community focused experiences. Our approach is to first consider place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, and sustainable communities as the goal. In our work with K-16 schools and organizations around the world, we help educators connect their programs and classrooms and to the community. email us l 909.480.3966 l training and PD opportunities

Key Ingredients
Our work with educators begins by considering what sustainable communities look like, and how to connect students to a sense of place—their place—in ways that will inform their choices of service and social action. Student voice and creating the real reciprocity of genuine two-way relationships are also inherent to high quality place based service-learning. bring a CWI training to your school

We use Place Based Service-Learning as a teaching strategy to connect and engage students. Our approach is to first consider place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, and sustainable communities as the goal.

DEVELOPING GLOBAL CITIZENS
Our professional development events for K-16 schools use Place Based Service-Learning to connect to core 21st Century academic and social emotional skills through compelling student-centered learning projects. Our work promotes teaching for empathy by supporting the design of powerful community focused learning experiences that connect students to the humanity of their community. “Story telling” is often an important feature of this process. The process of inquiry and discovery inherent to Place Based Service-Learning leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of community itself, in all its forms. learn more

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Definition of Service-Learning
Here is a basic definition and comparison of service-learning and community service:

SERVICE-LEARNING is an educational strategy that combines academic and social education goals to meet real community needs; it requires the application of knowledge, skills, and systematic reflection about the experience.

COMMUNITY SERVICE: A voluntary act that benefits others. It may or may not include reflection. Learning takes place of course, but usually in a less formalized and intentional manner.

BUILDING A SENSE OF PLACE
We begin our work with educators by considering how to connect students to a sense of place—their place—in ways that will inform their choices of service and social action. Our focus on place is an intentional effort to involve students in understanding and becoming invested with their place, its people and culture. Considering what sustainable communities look like, and how we get there provides a larger umbrella goal for this work.

Fostering authentic student voice and creating real reciprocity (genuine two-way relationships) are both crucial in the design of high quality Place Based Service-Learning experiences. learn more

service learningCONNECTING PEOPLE THROUGH PLACE
The process of inquiry and discovery inherent to Place Based Service-Learning leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of community itself, in all its forms. This in turn leads to uncovering the inter-connectedness of people, cultures, place, the natural world, and our own role in that. We use a process that we call “collaborative ethnography” to facilitate teachers and students exploring and understanding the place they call home. We begin from a premise that every place is unique and special with a story to tell. Sharing these stories brings communities together in new and powerful ways.

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