Category Archives: Curriculum Development

Empowering Students in a Second Language

By KRISTA ZIELINSKI “I see service-learning as an avenue for empowering students. Real change, sustainable change, happens one person at a time. Well implemented service-learning projects will address needs of each participant.” —Participant at CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning It … Continue reading

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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, serious … Continue reading

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The School Garden as Therapeutic Education

By JENNIFER BETTINI BALDWIN and SHEILA CONANT BALDWIN Jennifer Bettini Baldwin is Director of Art Therapy at a therapeutic day school for ages 6-21 in Virginia. She has been employed there for nine years. Shelia Conant Baldwin is an Associate … Continue reading

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Building Community Through Teen Led Public Forums

Building Community Through Teen Led Public Forums By SHELLEY MURDOCK and CAROLE PATERSON Shelley Murdock, Contra Costa County, and Carole Paterson, Solano County, are 4-H Youth Development Advisors with the University of California Cooperative Extension. Both have extensive field experience … Continue reading

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The Community of Campus: Mental Health Service-Learning Projects 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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Education through Restoration: Creating Meaningful Service-Learning Projects

INSTITUTE REFLECTION By MARIJKE HECHT Marijke Hecht is the Director of Education at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy and alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning. She and her team of educators spent a week with CWI working on development of … Continue reading

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The Aerial Classroom: Views from Above

By BELLE BOGGS Community Works Journal is pleased to share the thoughts and writing of Belle Boggs. Belle has worked in K-12 public schools across the U.S. and is an award winning author. Her new novel is The Ugly Bear … Continue reading

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Educating for Sustainability: An Introduction

OF PLACE AND EDUCATION 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. He also coordinates Antioch’s new Nature-based … Continue reading

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Hope on a Tightrope: The Miller Street School

THE ECOLOGY OF TEACHING Hope on a Tightrope: The Miller Street School By HECTOR J. VILA Hector J. Vila is an Assistant Professor in Writing at Middlebury College in Vermont. He has been teaching writing in urban and rural environments … Continue reading

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Socially Minded Gaming That Makes a Difference

FROM THE INSIDE — Thoughts on Place-Based Education at a Community College By DIANE SHINGLEDECKER Fall is the time of year that brings to mind brightly colored leaves, crisp apples, sweater-weather, and lots of computer gaming! Computer gaming? It does … Continue reading

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