Category Archives: Curriculum Development

How Peacemaking Changed a School District

By CAROLYN SCHODT AND STACEY CRUISE For decades, neighbors called John Paul Jones Middle School “Jones’ Jail.” Repeatedly disruptive student behavior made learning an everyday struggle for teachers and students. Abysmal reading scores were accompanied by rampant incidents involving weapons, … Continue reading

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Does Education “Kill” Creativity?

Why We Must Be More Creative about the Education of the Future By ERIK P.M. VERMEULEN Reforming education — putting in place an education appropriate for a digital age — is a challenge. I always knew that. But, the important lesson that I have learnt … Continue reading

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The Place Based Concept in Education

Jane Jack is Director of Small Learning Communities at Decatur Central High School Choice Academy in Indiana. She is an alumna of CWI’s Summer EAST Institute and shares her thoughts on the importance of “place based education” in her students’ … Continue reading

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Something Larger: The Benefits of My Anthropological and Humanist Training

By MARTIN ORTLIEB Below are a couple of sketched observations why I feel fortunate about my training. I believe it helps me help the world in a time during which humanity faces many urgent challenges. (Forgive me, this is the … Continue reading

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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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