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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.

My Student Named “Sam,” and Differentiated Learning in Project Based Learning

By CHARLENE DOLAND In my Meliora social studies class last year, I had a student I’ll call “Sam.” A bright eighth-grader, some of his ability to learn is impeded by a variety of sensory issues, and by his tendency to … Continue reading

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An Intercultural Student Project as a Path for Advocating for Immigrants

By REBECCA KENNERLY, TYSON DAVIS, and LYNDELL DAVIS Chatterton (2008) advocates a collaborative process that: 1) gives voice to the dreams and desires of real people struggling for justice and equality; 2) provokes productive discussion by bringing our community work … Continue reading

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Family History Writing: A Prototype for Local Service-Learning Projects

By SUZANNE KESLER RUMSEY, Ph.D. Suzanne is an assistant professor in the Department of English and Linguistics at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), where she teaches technical writing, multimedia, and family history writing. In a spring 2009 course … Continue reading

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The Art of Making Cider: Sometimes the Learning Stays Home

by DAVID SOBEL Ode to Autumn David Sobel is a regular essayist and contributing editor of Community Works Journal and is a Senior Faculty in the Education Department at Antioch University New England. He also coordinates Antioch’s new Nature-based Early … Continue reading

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The Stranger Who Was Yourself: What Wisdom Greater Than Curiosity

By STUART GRAUER The time will come when, with elation you will greet yourself arriving at your own door, in your own mirror and each will smile at the other’s welcome, and say, sit here. Eat. You will love again … Continue reading

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Blogging Our Way to Cultural Understanding

By SYLVIE DEBEVEC HENNING and LUCI FERNANDES The following article explores the experience of two educators who are using classroom based blogging to deepen understanding, raise important questions, and ultimately as a tool to build classroom community, Sylvie Debevec Henning … Continue reading

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Practical Lessons: Building Authentic Partnerships with the Community

By MEGHAN RAFFERTY Meghan is the School/Community Partnerships Coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools I am a teacher. My teaching style has always been to tell stories. I don’t teach in a classroom anymore, but I still tell stories … Continue reading

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Don’t Miss This! National Network of Schools in Partnership Conference

Our partners at the National Network of Schools in Partnership (NNSP) are holding their inaugural conference this February. We share many goals with our partners at NNSP and recommend their conference as an excellent way to connect with edcuators from … Continue reading

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From Charity Towards a Social Justice Paradigm: Critical Consciousness Through Service-Learning

By TANDEN BREKKE A charity paradigm of service-learning emphasizes the importance of altruism and joy that comes from giving. Yet this charity paradigm plays a role in domination and does not critically examine the acts, decisions, and policies that lead … Continue reading

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The Time is Now for Place Based Education

By SARAH ANDERSON The urgency for experiential, hands-on “life learning” is just as imperative now as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. We need to continue taking down the walls between schools and the rest of the … Continue reading

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