Author Archives: Joe Brooks

About Joe Brooks

Joe is a veteran educator and founder and director of Community Works Institute (CWI). Over the past three decades, Joe has worked with and supported diverse students K-16. Joe is an internationally recognized expert, advocate, professional development leader for place based service-learning and sustainability.

Star Wars Civilization and Stone Age Emotions

Star Wars Civilization & Stone Age Emotions By HECTOR VILA That’s who we are … We could very well be a developing country. Take a look: we are all getting our new credit cards with computer chips, something that has been … Continue reading

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Saving Daylight and the Psychology of Learning

Saving Daylight and the Psychology of Learning By STUART GRAUER If any reader knows a single teen who “springs forward” or springs at all when another hour is stolen from them, let me know. Because the overwhelming research shows that, … Continue reading

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Intergenerational Learning: The Great Migration

Intergenerational Learning: The Great Migration By MAUREEN BOYLE and PATRICIA MCPHERSON Our students’ exposure to the black community in Brockton was predominantly shaped through service projects. They learned in the classroom about poverty and went to the city next door … Continue reading

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Connecting Service Learning to the Curriculum

Connecting Service Learning to the Curriculum: A Workbook for Teachers and Administrators EXPANDED & REVISED THIRD EDITION Includes a NEW section on Education for Sustainability, along with an expanded series of exemplars.Now in use by thousands of educators across the … Continue reading

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What Students Are Looking For

CWI’s Voices of Educators: What Students Are Looking For

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CWI’s Voice of Educators

Be sure to check out CWI’s “Voices of Educators,” our ongoing series of interviews with veteran k-16 and community educators from across the U.S. and around the globe. Our theme is Place as the Context, Service-Learning as the Strategy, and … Continue reading

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Education through Restoration

Education through Restoration: Creating Meaningful Service-Learning Projects in the Parks By MARIJKE HECHT Marijke Hecht is the Director of Education at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. She and her team of educators spent a week with CWI working on development of the … Continue reading

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Teaching Students to Leave a Legacy

Teaching Students to Leave a Legacy By STEVE BUZZELL Steve Buzzell and his teaching partner Jeff Grogan are 7th grade teachers at Stowe Middle School in Vermont. They spent a week together at CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning. In looking … Continue reading

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The Physics of Humanity

The Physics of Humanity and the Power of Student Exhibition By JONATHAN STABLEFORD I had seen this classroom before—lab tables with students working independently or in small groups, the clutter of work-in-progress, laptops open and running, a bicycle propped in … Continue reading

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Intergenerational Learning: The Great Migration

Intergenerational Learning: The Great Migration By MAUREEN BOYLE and PATRICIA MCPHERSON Our students’ exposure to the black community in Brockton was predominantly shaped through service projects. They learned in the classroom about poverty and went to the city next door … Continue reading

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