Monthly Archives: November 2016

A Perfect Match: Design Solutions Meets Service-Learning

We’re very pleased to share the following fascinating and ongoing service-learning project, shared by our colleague Karen Shorr, of Brookwood School in Massachusetts. Karen is an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning and Sustainability. For the past three years, … Continue reading

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Empowering University Students in Their Own Neighborhood

[wps-social-ninja global-settings=”0″ show-count=”0″ show-before-post-content=”1″ show-after-post-content=”0″ align=”left” social-engines=”facebook,twitter,googleplus,linkedin,pinterest,tumblr,digg” layout=”wps-sn-layout-button” /] By PATTY WITKOWSKY. SYLVIA MENDEZ, and SARAH ELSEY — University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Introduction Empowering students in higher education to use their leadership skills for creating change on campus and … Continue reading

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The Science of Citizenship: What’s at Stake When Schools Skimp on Science?

By BELLE BOGGS ONE OF THE MOST remarkable scenes in Rebecca Skloot’sn work of science journalism, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, happens about halfway through the book, in a smoky Baltimore kitchen. Skloot has been pursuing the reluctant Lacks … Continue reading

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Encountering Self and Other in Community-Based Education

By HENRY GOLDSCHMIDT Dr. Henry Goldschmidt is the Director of Education Programs at the Interfaith Center of New York, where he leads the “Religious Worlds of New York” summer institute for K-12 teachers. Place-based and community-based educators are united in … Continue reading

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Making Connections Between the Qur’an and Our Values as Educators

LEARNING TO LOVE EDUCATION AGAIN By STUART GRAUER Dr. Stuart Grauer is a teacher, the founding Head of School at The Grauer School, and Founder of the Small Schools Coalition. Stuart is a constributing editor for Community Works Journal. The … Continue reading

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Art By All Means: Revisiting the Legacy of Malcolm X

By MELISSA KANDIDO There is a point in life when you feel the ground shift under your feet — it can be as slow as shifting dunes in Namibia or as quick as an earthquake caused by tectonic plate shifting … Continue reading

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A Love Letter to Environmental Educators, My Profession, and My Colleagues

By KARY SCHUMPERT Kary Schumpert is an environmental educator, a writer, and a student in Albuquerque. She finds her greatest sense of place and inspiration in New Mexico. Kary loves composting with worms, running, hiking, swimming, writing, teaching, and learning, … Continue reading

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Making Change with Students, Seeing the Larger Context

We asked Sylvia Fagin, a veteran middle school teacher from Vermont and an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning and Sustainability, to share her thoughts on designing truly meaningful learning experiences. Sylvia clearly gets the bigger picture with teaching. … Continue reading

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From Inquiry to Action

From Inquiry to Action By Steve Zemelman Now more than ever, as we have seen this year, our society needs citizens who can thoughtfully act to improve their communities, rather than just grow cynical about the problems they see. Public … Continue reading

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Building Community, One Student at a Time

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, … Continue reading

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