Category Archives: Professional Development

The Time is Now for Place Based Education

By SARAH ANDERSON The urgency for experiential, hands-on “life learning” is just as imperative now as it was at the beginning of the 20th century. We need to continue taking down the walls between schools and the rest of the … Continue reading

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Encouraging Transformational Intellectualism

By KATALYN VIDAL I am a Spanish teacher and I am drawn to service-learning because I feel that it is essential for children to learn empathy and tolerance while immersed in the act of serving. This can take many forms, … Continue reading

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The Importance of Quiet

— NOTES FROM NEW MEXICO By KARY SCHUMPERT Teaching can be a noisy avocation. Visit the hallways of any middle or high school during the transition between classes. Pop into most elementary classrooms and there will be a steady hum, … Continue reading

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Using Critical Media to Tell Stories in First Person: Undocumented Students at San Francisco State on the Presidential Election

By OSCAR GUERRA Dr. Oscar Guerra is an educator, producer and researcher. He is an Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University in the BECA Department. His primary research interests include the re-creation of the Mexican-American experience in the United … Continue reading

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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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“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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