Category Archives: Professional Development

Connecting Folklore and K-16 Students in the Community

Community Works Institute director Joe Brooks, Local Learning, and the American Folklore Society’s Folklore and Education Section worked with specially invited educators at AFS’s annual international  conference to explore how incorporating folklore and ethnography deepens student engagement in service-learning. The … Continue reading

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CWI Supports Korean International School’s Work with Place Based Service-Learning

CWI’s director Joe Brooks recently completed an extended international expedition, including a lengthy site visit providing professional development support to the Korean International School (KIS) in Seoul. KIS is an extremely prestigious and elite school by any standard. The school … Continue reading

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CWI Partnering with Green Schools National Network

CWI is pleased to be partnering with the Green Schools National Network (GSNN), in support of their member schools. We are now offering GSNN member schools special professional development opportunities around place based service-learning, and sustainability. contact us for more … Continue reading

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CWI at The Gray Colloquium on Sustainability

Education Director and Founder of Community Works Institute (CWI), Joe Brooks, spoke to St. Marks School students and faculty as the Gray Colloquium Speaker. His keynote talk focused on how schools must bridge the gap between what one learns in … Continue reading

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Community Works Institute in China

We have partnered with The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to advance their curriculum based work with service-learning. CWI’s Joe Brooks recently led a series of professional development workshops for CUHK faculty around service-learning and community engagement. Founded in … Continue reading

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Bring a CWI Professional Development Event to Your School

CWI Provides SITE BASED Support for Local Schools and Organizations We work with schools and community organizations—on-site at their locations across the U.S. and internationally. We believe that global citizenship starts at home, and that to serve our local communities … Continue reading

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A Teacher Connects The Brain and Service-Learning

By SUE BOS As the last weeks of summer slip away, I find myself thinking more and more about the upcoming school year. It happens every year at this time; physically I’m still on vacation but my mind is on … Continue reading

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CommonLore—Building Empathy One Student at a Time

CommonLore—We’re Building Empathy One Student at a Time, by connecting students to the people of their communities. learn more: commonlore.org CommonLore is a powerful place based service-learning and ethnography focused training and support program for K-16 educators. We begin with … Continue reading

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Democracy in Action: Social Justice Oriented Service-Learning

Casey O’Meara is a public school teacher in Middlebury Vermont. Millennials are innovating new ways to problem solve, through their desire to collaborate and communicate using technology (Burstein, 2013). If Millennials are not engaged in designing new ways to approach … Continue reading

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The Stone Wall Project: A Reflection on Hands-On Learning and Immovable Objects

by MARTINA DANCING EDITORS NOTE: The Stone Wall Project at Guilford Central School in Vermont was part of a long term effort to create and demonstrate the effect and power of hands-on place basedservice-learning experiences — for both students and … Continue reading

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