Category Archives: Place Based Education

“Vacancy is Where Great Things Happen”

By SHAWN GEBBHARDT Shawn is an Academic Support Instructor at Cushing Academy, in Massachusetts, and an alumnus of Community Works Institute (CWI). I work (and live) at a boarding prep school in Massachusetts. Over the first two years that I … Continue reading

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Place as the Context has Become a New Mantra for Me in My Teaching

By CIARA ROWLEY Ciara is the education director for The Cathedral of St. Philip, in Atlanta, Georgia, and an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning. I went into CWI’s Summer Institute fairly blind; I was filling in for my … 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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Mapping the Neighborhood: Experiential Learning as a Survival Skill

By PAUL LOWE I’ve been teaching in the MacArthur Park/Westlake district of Los Angeles for ten years and have worked with a host of immigrant families. Most of them are from Mexico, and some of them have migrated from other … 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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Motivating and Engaging Our Students Through Service

By NICOLE WHELAN Nicole is the Service-Learning and CAS coordinator at the American School of the Hague in the Netherlands. She is an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning. Since the week I spent at CWI’s Summer Institute in … Continue reading

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Educators Finding Power in Collaboration and Mutual Support

By JOE BROOKS With CWI’s annual Summer Institutes on Service-Learning and Sustainability now well into their third decade, we’ve been privileged to share the work with educators from an incredibly diverse set of experiences and backgrounds. Most teachers or administrators … Continue reading

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Finding and Working with Like-Minded Educators

By JOE BROOKS A clear awareness of the need for connection and community-building within the teaching profession led to the launching of Community Works Journal in the mid 1990’s, as a way to create connections and bring community focused teaching … 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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