Category Archives: Professional Development

“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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It’s Time for More of Us to Be Heroes of Brain Diversity

One-size-fits-all instructional design eats brain diversity for lunch. When seeking personalized learning for a student with unique learning needs, you may confront educators who don’t understand learning differences, refuse to differentiate based on need, fail to follow written plans for … Continue reading

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The Essence of Social Learning: From Classroom to Community

BY SARAH ANDERSON I began my teaching career as an outdoor educator, leading and engaging small groups in hands-on, community-building activities. After working with a group of kids for just one week at a time, some of them gave me … 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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Support Your School Service Program with On-Site Professional Development

We Support Local Schools and Community Organizations Since 1995, Community Works Institute (CWI) has worked with school and community educators — across the U.S. and internationally — in support of building teaching practices that connect K-16 students and curriculum to … Continue reading

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Teaching to the Personal through Community Focused Learning

BY JOE BROOKS Sifting through themes that revolve around creating and supporting educational experiences that build community and foster meaningful learning, it’s connecting school work to a larger purpose, to the self, to experience that resonates. As it was “then” … 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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