We Support Local Schools and Community Organizations
Since 1995, Community Works Institute (CWI) has worked with school and community educators — across the U.S. and internationally — in support of building teaching practices that connect K-16 students and curriculum to their local community and the world. Since 1995, we have worked closely with thousands of educators from nearly every context and geography, large and small, public and independent — from Manhattan to Los Angeles, and from Warsaw to China. testimonials
We guide powerful training and collaborative planning experiences for school and organizational faculty, working with local teachers and administrators to craft a customized training specific to local context and needs.
Our support for schools focuses on helping educators integrate place based service-learning, and sustainability within the curriculum, as a central part of every student’s K-16 experience. Service-learning is associated with higher student engagement and achievement, improved school climate, and greater teacher effectiveness.
We Support Educators by:
• Providing high quality training, consulting, and professional coaching;
• Offering annual open enrollment Summer Institutes;
• Showcasing resources and curriculum examples that work;
• Publishing and sharing teacher created work;
• Connecting practitioners in the field.
Annual Summer Institutes for Educators
CWI offers annual intensive K-16 Summer Institutes, in Los Angeles and Burlington, Vermont. CWI’s Summer Institutes provide expert training, powerful collaborative opportunities, and a chance to work with educators who literally come from around the world. All Summer Institutes are appropriate for all K-16 educators, including those experienced with service-learning and sustainability, and those who are just beginning. Our Summer Institute are ideal for school planning teams. special team rates.
Our Unique Approach to Service-Learning as a Teaching Strategy
Service-learning is a crucial piece in our larger effort to connect and engage students with real world issues. Our approach is to first consider place as the context, with service-learning as the strategy, and sustainable communities as the goal. To achieve this we begin by considering what sustainable communities look like, and how to connect students to a sense of place, in intentional ways that inform their interest in service and social action.
Our professional development work, trainings, and workshops are guided by CWI founder and place based service-learning expert Joe Brooks. Joe is a veteran teacher, who for three decades has inspired and supported educators from around the world to involve students in powerful community focused experiences. Our sessions use field tested best practices and principles of sustainability that support engaging your students in academically based service that contributes to building sustainable communities.