Monthly Archives: February 2017

Teaching Through a Social Lens

Join us this year for CWI’s acclaimed Summer EAST or WEST Institute. Spend an intensive and deeply rewarding week immersed in service-learning, sustainability, and place-based education, with inspired educators from across the U.S. and around the world. “I had the … Continue reading

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Sort No More: Creating Student Learning Experiences for the 21st Century

By BOB SORNSON The learning system we’ve used in our country since the 1840s does exactly what it is designed to do. Brought to us from Prussia in the days when settlers traveled across America in prairie schooners, this system … Continue reading

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My Desire to Learn

By KATHLEEN SHEFFIELD What kind of an environment does it take to promote learning? As educators and leaders, are we able to control and create the elements that support an optimal learning environment? So much has been written about school … Continue reading

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Evicted: Teaching Through a Housing Crisis

By DIANE SHINGLEDECKER From the Inside: Thoughts on Place-Based Education and Service-Learning at a Community College Sometimes starting from scratch and going where no one has gone before is exciting; but a lot of times, it is just plain overwhelming! … Continue reading

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Intergenerational Learning: The Great Migration

By MAUREEN BOYLE and PATRICIA MCPHERSON Maureen Boyle and Patricia McPherson are award winning New England journalists. Boyle is an assistant professor and director of the journalism program at Stonehill College. McPherson is the information literacy and outreach librarian at … Continue reading

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Project Based Service-Learning: Students as Researchers of Immigration Narratives

By NATASHA AGRAWAL “The more young people who get the opportunity to travel the world, live in other cultures and learn new languages, the more they will begin to understand our shared ideals and the shared opportunities to keep moving … Continue reading

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Writing as Alchemy: Turning Objects into Stories, Stories into Objects

By ROSSINA ZAMORA LIU and BONNIE STONE SUNSTEIN I. Lawn Chair as Trope When Long moves into his next home, he will take only the things that matter most: his television, a Sony analog box that he and his wife … Continue reading

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Between Two Worlds: A Collaborative Curriculum Addressing Immigration through Folk Art, Media Literacy, and Digital Storytelling

By LAURA MARCUS GREEN with KATY GROSS and TARA TRUDELL Gallery of Conscience, Museum of International Folk Art exhibition Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience, 2014. Photo by Blair Clark. Courtesy of the Museum of International … Continue reading

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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Making of an Activist

By CARLA OSORIO VELIZ My family would always joke around that I am not your typical person. It’s true. At 15 years old I was part of a play to speak out against domestic violence and HIV in the Latino … Continue reading

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Using Technology to Rediscover Our Roots as Cultural Creators

By JON MADIAN Identity enhancing learning emerges from a felt-sense of purpose acknowledged and nurtured through sharing with others. By definition Learning Communities, as distinguished from our current more static institutions, create the circumstances to nourish richly creative interactions — … Continue reading

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