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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.

Global Citizenship: An Instructor’s Experience and Student Response

By ERIC LASSAHN Eric Lassahn serves as the Director of Residence Life & the Center for Civic Engagement at Susquehanna University. In addition he is an adjunct faculty member and program director for Global Opportunities programs. Introduction As a Ph.D. … Continue reading

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“If It’s In Your Mission…”

Tonya Williams, principal of urban Githens Middle School in Durham, North Carolina shares her experience collaborating with the incredibly diverse group of K-16 educators at CWI’s Summer Institute. She discusses her personal journey at the Institute, from self described “neophyte” … Continue reading

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A Powerful Student Led English Language Learner Project

By JOE BROOKS I recently came across an astoundingly powerful student led project, the ELL Give Back Project just outside Boston in Massachusetts. The power of this project is three fold: it is student conceived and led; it has huge … Continue reading

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Register for CWI’s Summer EAST Institute Soon

You still have to time to register… for CWI’s Summer EAST Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability. June 25-29, Burlington, Vermont. Join a very special group of like minded educators from across the U.S. for an inspired week of … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect: Student Experience Matters Most

By ERIN LYNN RAAB, Ph.D. Student experience, not outcomes, matter most for school design There is a huge push around the country to define the student outcomes we want schools to achieve. Pretty consistently, these have become an array of “graduate … Continue reading

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“It’s Important as a Faculty That We Really Believe In This”

Scott Fischer, Service-Learning Director at Park Tudor School in Indiana thinks that Service-Learning is crucial to bringing education to life. He also thinks its hugely important to show our students that as a faculty we really believe in this through … Continue reading

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Shouldn’t School Safety Drills Be Implemented with the Children in Mind?

By RAE PICA Would you believe me if I said there’s never been a safer time to be a child in this country? It’s true. But, yes, I know it’s hard to believe. It’s hard to believe because, just lately, … Continue reading

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Are Our Educators Prepared For Their Students?

By TOM WHITBY If there is one thing that I am sure of as an educator it is that rapid change greatly affects both what and how we learn. If there is a second thing that I am sure of … Continue reading

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A Teacher’s Passion to Create Authentic STEM Learning Projects

By BOB JAKUS This is a brief account of how & why I developed “Beyond the Classroom Aquarium,” a yearlong project based, curricular sequence of authentic STEM-Oriented and aquatic ecosystem themed learning activities (for students to love). Beyond the Classroom … Continue reading

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An Educator Challenging the Status Quo

Tonia S. Lloyd is an educator and psychologist working with Newark’s Public Schools. She’s a strong believer in the power of service-learning to engage students in their community. She shares her experience working with like minded educators at the Institute. … Continue reading

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