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Community Works Institute (CWI) provides resources, professional development, and collaboration opportunities for educators. Our focus is on place based education, service learning, and sustainability.

Building Critical Moral Consciousness Through a Service Scholars Program

By GLEN COTTEN and SIMONE FRANCIS “Service is not just about action, but must also be done with the conscious awareness of oneself and others, and with the commitment to constantly learning and acting as a global citizen.” These words, … Continue reading

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An Educator’s Adventure in Los Angeles! Space is Limited

Join us for CWI’s internationally acclaimed Summer WEST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability. Los Angeles • July 24-28, 2017 LIMITED SPACE —Reinspire your curriculum! Join educators from across the U.S. and beyond. learn more: http://bit.ly/1PCRv6u Now is the … Continue reading

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Teaching Transformations: Taking the Leap as an Educator

— NOTES FROM NEW MEXICO By KARY SCHUMPERT As a classroom-based environmental educator, I follow the same schedule as most public school teachers. In the two-month breaks, I usually pursue other educational employment, and when possible, professional development. For the … Continue reading

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What Kind of Experience Do We Want for Our Children?

By GREGORY HEDGER I have not written much for the personal this year. This has been due to a sudden and unexpected change in our family status. My wife and I have three daughters. The oldest is out of college, … Continue reading

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“Vacancy is Where Great Things Happen”

By SHAWN GEBBHARDT Shawn is an Academic Support Instructor at Cushing Academy, in Massachusetts, and an alumnus of Community Works Institute (CWI). I work (and live) at a boarding prep school in Massachusetts. Over the first two years that I … Continue reading

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Place as the Context has Become a New Mantra for Me in My Teaching

By CIARA ROWLEY Ciara is the education director for The Cathedral of St. Philip, in Atlanta, Georgia, and an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning. I went into CWI’s Summer Institute fairly blind; I was filling in for my … Continue reading

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A Shared Mission for Every Student and Every Teacher

By JONNY RODGERS Jonny is the Director of Service-Learning at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and is an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning and Sustainability. Wow. What a week! I’m not sure how to fully reflect on … Continue reading

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Mapping the Neighborhood: Experiential Learning as a Survival Skill

By PAUL LOWE I’ve been teaching in the MacArthur Park/Westlake district of Los Angeles for ten years and have worked with a host of immigrant families. Most of them are from Mexico, and some of them have migrated from other … Continue reading

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Using Art and Service-Learning for Social Change in Los Angeles

By AIDA LUGO Aida is a teaching artist in Los Angeles, and an alumnus of CWI’s Summer WEST Institute, and a member of LA RiverLore’s teacher cohort. Aida’s goals include encouraging her students to get directly involved, beginning with establishing … Continue reading

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It’s Time for More of Us to Be Heroes of Brain Diversity

One-size-fits-all instructional design eats brain diversity for lunch. When seeking personalized learning for a student with unique learning needs, you may confront educators who don’t understand learning differences, refuse to differentiate based on need, fail to follow written plans for … Continue reading

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