Category Archives: Environmental Education

Teaching Transformations: Taking the Leap as an Educator

— NOTES FROM NEW MEXICO By KARY SCHUMPERT As a classroom-based environmental educator, I follow the same schedule as most public school teachers. In the two-month breaks, I usually pursue other educational employment, and when possible, professional development. For the … Continue reading

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A Shared Mission for Every Student and Every Teacher

By JONNY RODGERS Jonny is the Director of Service-Learning at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and is an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning and Sustainability. Wow. What a week! I’m not sure how to fully reflect on … Continue reading

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Using Art and Service-Learning for Social Change in Los Angeles

By AIDA LUGO Aida is a teaching artist in Los Angeles, and an alumnus of CWI’s Summer WEST Institute, and a member of LA RiverLore’s teacher cohort. Aida’s goals include encouraging her students to get directly involved, beginning with establishing … Continue reading

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Finding the Whole Child in Education Reform

By CHRISTOPHER NYE Big challenges lie ahead — fixing the economy so that it more equitably serves everyone, not just those with the wealth and power; rebuilding democracy so that it is no longer hijacked by lobbyists and corporations; and … Continue reading

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The Bat Cave: Accessing the Deeper with Our Students

By STUART GRAUER Dr. Stuart Grauer is a teacher, the founding Head of School at The Grauer School, and Founder of The Small Schools Coalition. Sean Preci’s winning high school surf team set out for the coral reef breaks and … Continue reading

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Why We Should Embrace Personal Stories in Our Teaching

by JON MADIAN It seems that maturing the human heart depends on developing our insight into other people’s situations; their challenges, sensitivities and talents. A reasonable hypothesis is that our most fundamental values are motivated by our drive to serve … Continue reading

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Teaching for Mindfulness, is Intentional

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Service-Learning as a Valuable and Viable Instructional Model

BY EMILY WRIGLEY Emily is Kindergarten/Grade 1 Looping Classroom Teacher in Montpelier Vermont. She attended CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning with a team of colleagues from her district. Emily’s school district has been working hard for a number of years … Continue reading

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Latino Teens Draw National Praise for Community Journalism in LA’s Boyle Heights

by RAUL REYES This article was originally published by NBC Latino East Los Angeles, CA — In a neighborhood that is almost entirely Latino, a bilingual community newspaper has drawn national attention for its coverage of local issues such as … Continue reading

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Smart Change and Possibility: Educating for the Teachable Moments

By DON TAYLOR Don Taylor is a Language Arts and Social Studies teacher at Main Street Middle School (MSMS)in Montpelier, Vermont. Don is an alumnus of CWI’s Summer EAST Institute on Service-Learning and Sustainability, which he attended with a team … Continue reading

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