BY JOE BROOKS, Founder, Community Works Institute
Each summer I have the pleasure to guide two of the longest running service-learning driven professional development events in the world, CWI’s Summer WEST, held in Los Angeles and Summer EAST in Burlington, Vermont. I am fortunate to work with some of the most dedicated K-16 educators from across the U.S. and around the world. Year after year, CWI’s Summer Institute have been an unforgettable week of inspiring collaborations, training, curriculum planning, and networking opportunities. Veteran guest faculty who join us, some for many for years, share model programs, provide guided support for curriculum planning. Unexpectedly rich collaborations are always at the mix. The dialogue goes deep but the outcomes are usually concrete. But the essence of the Institute cannot never be put quite in words. It is essential and it is work of the heart.
“I can’t over state the importance of this event to my vision and enthusiasm.”
Julie Metzler, Director of Community Arts and Service
Kansas City Art Institute