Category Archives: Curriculum Development

Swimming Upstream Against the Current: Changing the School Improvement Paradigm

By DAVID SOBEL 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. A Different Approach to School Improvement Crellin Elementary School in … Continue reading

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An A for Effort? Grading Grades in the 21st Century

By MARK JACOBS Mark is the director of the Longview School in upstate New York. Grading and evaluation is a hot topic in education. There are many theories about what approach is best, but in order to be able to evaluate … Continue reading

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BIG IDEAS for K-16 Education

BIG IDEAS for K-16 Education —Jehan Morsi, Egyptian educator and CWI Institute alum, shares some very big ideas for creating a real community focused purpose and benefit to K-16 education. learn more: http://bit.ly/1PCRv6u

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Why Service-Learning is Essential for Our Students

“They can take the tests, but what does that really mean?” Chicago area educator Dominic Manola thinks that Service-Learning is essential for students in creating real accomplishment and relevance for their education. He has big plans too…. —learn more about … Continue reading

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A Teacherʼs Thoughts on the Brain

By SUE BOS There has been an explosion in what we know about the brain in recent decades, The brain is literally on our minds these days as more and more researchers share what they have been finding out about … Continue reading

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The Community of Campus: Mental Health Service-Learning Projects on a College Campus by Nursing Students

by DEBORAH L. MAY and CYNTHIA THOMAS Ball State University, Indiana Deborah May and Cindy Thomas are assistant professors at Ball State University School of Nursing in Muncie, IN. Deborah’s past work has demonstrated a return of service by students … Continue reading

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Nurturing Social Entrepreneurs

By THOMAS WILLIAMSON Twelve students sit around a table with two professors and two staff members. They are figuring out how to help a student set parameters around her social service internship, in particular negotiating reasonable work hours. It’s a … Continue reading

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Taking an Empathic Approach to Learning Through Community Based Fieldwork

By JOE BROOKS, Director, Community Works Institute (CWI) We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. (a video is included below) Alexandra is a science/STEM teacher from Long Beach, California who … Continue reading

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Teaching for Social Justice through Collaborative Ethnography

By JOE BROOKS Using Collaborative Ethnography as a tool and strategy, we’re helping K-16 and community educators learn to design compelling curriculum experiences that are centered on the people, issues, and culture of their own local community. Collaborative Ethnography provides … Continue reading

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Through The Personal Lens: Reconceiving Language and Education

BY HECTOR J. VILA, PhD Hector J. Vila is an Assistant Professor in Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has been teaching writing in urban and rural environments since 1985. Hector is the author of Life-Affirming Acts: Education as … Continue reading

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