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CWI’s 2018 Summer Institutes on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability
Los Angeles and Burlington, Vermont

Expert training, experienced guidance, with supportive collaboration. Create academically
rigorous service focused curriculum programs. Connect your academic and social goals with compelling student centered community projects. special early bird rates


Join K-16 and community educators, from across the U.S. and international schools, for a week of expert training, and inspiring curriculum design work. A unique opportunity to dig deep into place based service-learning and sustainability and how to use it most effectively with your students. This is your opportunity to move your classroom curriculum or school program to the next level. learn more

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Some Things Really Matter

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Digital Native, Meet Digital Immigrant: Building Intergenerational Relationships Through a Technology Literacy Project

photos courtesy of BGSU Marketing and Communications.

Kate Magsamen-Conrad, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Bowling Green State University. Her work is in health and interpersonal communication with a special focus in community-based applied projects. Kate’s work also includes a broad concentration on how communication affects personal, relational, and health outcomes -e.g., examination of how dyadic/family communication facilitates health, disease management, adherence, and the experience of burden.

Over the summer, I attempted to teach my grandmother how to use her laptop. The fallout of that experience inspired me to create a program where my college students would teach technology skills to older adults in the community. Late in the Fall semester, I learned I would teach a Small Group Communication Class and thought that might be a good fit. I had joined a Service-Learning group that semester, and the director of that program connected me to the director of the gerontology program at my university, who connected me to the Wood County Committee on Aging. I approached two individuals at the WCCOA late in December 2012 and together we planned the first run of what I have been calling the Intergroup Communication Intervention…which launched in January 2013. I chose to focus on tablet technology because in my experience an individual can become independent using a tablet, but a computer requires significantly more “interaction” (e.g., message boxes constantly popping up asking if the user wants to do something, sneaky viruses, and, of course, the possibility of “crashing” and “losing everything”). Continue reading

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Call for Educator Written Articles and Reflections!

Share your experiences as an educator with our readers. We welcome unsolicited submissions.

We are especially interested in articles, essays, and reflections on the following topics: Student Voice • Empathy • Creative Approaches to Bullying

Community Works Journal has been published by Community Works Institute (CWI) since 1995, in support of K-16 teaching practices that build community through academically integrated curriculum. We focus on Place Based Education, Service-Learning, and community building teaching practices. The Journal features educator written articles, essays, and reflections, along with curriculum overviews that highlight the importance of place, service, and community to a relevant and meaningful education.

The Journal consistently featured stories, models and resources intended to inspire by example. We showcase innovative educational strategies, practices and curriculum that involve educators and students in meaningful and compelling work within their communities. We stand for a shared belief in an educational process that is centered on community, with students as active empowered learners and citizens in their community. We welcome unsolicited articles, essays, reflections, resource reviews. Contact us for help in crafting your own submission. submission guidelines l subscribe l community works journal

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#StudentVoice is not about students “being heard.” #StudentVoice IS about cultivating student opportunities to think, design, and lead. more:

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K-16 Educators, There is but one place to be this Summer



K-16 Educators, There is but one place to be this Summer

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Teachers Supporting Teachers is Where We Are At

CWI Summer Institutes on Place Based Service-Learning attract teachers with a passion connecting students to their community. Our Institute participants each summer come from a wide and diverse set of contexts. The true strength of the Institute is the synergy of ideas, experience, practical application, and collaborative problem solving that each educator brings to the group.  Join us in creating academically rigorous service focused curriculum programs. Connect your academic and social goals with compelling student centered community focused projects that build authentic partnerships. Expert training, experienced guidance and support, inspired collaboration.learn more

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A Replicable Service-Learning Project for Food Rescue Nonprofit Organizations


Russ O’Haver is a senior clinical professor at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business and a retired Ernst & Young consulting partner.


This project involves a professor mentoring a small group of students who undertaking a study to evaluate the “impact” of a multistate food rescue organization called Community Plates. The experience provided these students not only practical experience in interviewing and fact gathering but also in developing a literature review, structuring and testing a survey design, interpreting results and writing a report for an actual client.

Moreover, these students came to understand the severity of the problem of food waste, the opportunities that technology presents all along the food rescue supply chain and how the question of “impact” should be thought about broadly. Interestingly, from the community organization perspective, the project results expanded their thinking of how impact could be defined and measured — beyond simply pounds rescued — and provided insights into what actually motivates volunteer “food runners”, as well as donation and recipient (i.e., shelter) organizations. Continue reading

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Food for Thought: A New Paradigm in Teaching About Hunger


FROM THE INSIDE — Thoughts on Place-Based Education at a Community College

Last fall, I started working in a local food pantry as part of my graduate work in Service-Learning. I saw the need in a town where others think there couldn’t possibly be any, and I started asking questions. How many people are food insecure in my area? At my college? What is being done about it in my community? On the campuses at my college?

The data I found was disturbing: A 2017 ACCT report, Hungry and Homeless in College, found that two in every three community college students across our country are food insecure.[1] Students at my community college are no exception. A recent student survey showed that the majority of students on our campuses will be unsure of how they will be able to feed themselves and their families at some point during their time at our school.

So I kept asking questions… who was doing anything about this? It turned out lots of different people on-campus and in the community were doing things, but they often didn’t know about each other. Wait a second! What if we came together to move this work forward? Imagine what that could look like… Continue reading

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