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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.

Smaller Schools Build Close-Knit Communities and More Positive Learning

By JEN RITA “The size of the school does not inhibit personal interaction; it encourages it. Small schools typically serve a community nucleus. This invites strong support from parents and community members as well as closer working relationships among the … Continue reading

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Join Us This Year w/ a Special Early Bird Institute Registration

Special Early Bird Registration Rates CWI’s 2019 Summer Institutes CWI Summer Institutes are about connecting core academic and social emotional goals with compelling student-centered learning projects, teaching for empathy through powerful community focused experiences. The Institute provides expert training, experienced … Continue reading

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Applying Public Health Strategy to Support Youth in Poverty

By DANIEL BASSILL The Democracy Collaborative is hosting a Hospital Anchor Network Convening in Chicago this week. I’ve been interested in hospitals as leaders in building and sustaining networks of mentor-rich non-school programs in their trade areas since learning about … Continue reading

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Student Leadership Development and Community Engagement

by Beth J. VanDerveer, PhD, Associate Professor, Coordinator Recreation Studies Program/Gerontology Certificate Programs, Ohio University During National Library Week, “Celebrate Reading,” a collaborative partnership with students in a Recreation Leadership course and faculty at Ohio University, Ohio University- Friends of … Continue reading

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Bringing Together the Resources Students At Risk Need to Succeed

By JOHN D. TERRY and MARK D. WEIST Educators labor for students to succeed in a context of significant pressure to achieve academic outcomes (Daly et al., 2006). Our work is often times made more difficult by personal and environmental … Continue reading

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Mapping McCabe: Connecting Curriculum and Community Through Environmental Education

BY SUSIE DENEHY and DAVID SOBEL The Reintroduction of Students into the Landscape Dorothy McCabe, thin, strong and well-preserved as a cedar post, had us captivated with her stories. We sat in the parlor of her old home twelve years … Continue reading

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The Child Behind The Grade

By MARK SONNEMANN One Principal’s Perspective on Teachers Going Gradeless Teachers don’t generally like to come down to the office. In fact, most people (even as adults!) still have negative feelings about seeing the principal. They believe when they are … Continue reading

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Empowered Teachers

Empowering our teachers as the innovative risk takers we know they are. learn more:  

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Brainless Sameness, A Bold New Book from Bob Sornson

Our colleague and veteran educator Bob Sornson’s new book is entitled Brainless Sameness and it’s ready to ship. It’s at the Pre-order stage on Amazon and ready-to-order on We would love for you to check it out Bob’s new … Continue reading

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Unique Scholarship Support This Week!

Teach for Empathy Through Place Based Service-Learning —Register today and grab a very special Early Bird Registration Rate, for individual educators and school cohort-teams. learn more:

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