Category Archives: Service-Learning

Change Challenges All of Us

By MICHAEL FRIEL Like many other towns in Vermont, Guilford has seen significant changes in its character and composition over the past several generations. Not too many years ago Guilford was strictly a farming community, with over 25 active dairy … Continue reading

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My Favorite Lesson Plan

By MARC CHABOT My favorite lesson plan occurs on the first day of the last quarter in my Physics class. The class, populated largely by high school seniors, has just finished building Rube Goldberg machines, and is ready to slack … Continue reading

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LIFE: Designing the Lifeline to Independence For the Elderly Project

By KATHRYN HUBER The LIFE Project (Lifeline to Independence For the Elderly) is a major collaborative effort between the American Red Cross Greater Buffalo Chapter and over ten community organizations. It is a pilot program in its first stages. This … Continue reading

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A Powerful Student Led English Language Learner Project

By JOE BROOKS I recently came across an astoundingly powerful student led project, the ELL Give Back Project just outside Boston in Massachusetts. The power of this project is three fold: it is student conceived and led; it has huge … Continue reading

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An Educator Challenging the Status Quo

Tonia S. Lloyd is an educator and psychologist working with Newark’s Public Schools. She’s a strong believer in the power of service-learning to engage students in their community. She shares her experience working with like minded educators at the Institute. … Continue reading

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Lise Leist: Poverty as a Service Theme and College Admissions Process

We had a conversation recently with Lise Leist, Director of Community Affairs at the very exclusive King School in Connecticut. Lise digs into the rapidly shifting college admissions process. The usual test score nonsense in admissions continues, but they really … Continue reading

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“Soft Skills are the Real Skills Today

Tom Luthy is a veteran Math teacher at the University of Chicago Lab School. He shares his thoughts on the crucial importance of creating opportunities for students to engage with and feel invested in their local community. Tom says that … Continue reading

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Getting Our Students Out of Their Bubble

Educator and CWI alum Shai Pina talked with us about the importance of providing intentional opportunities for our students to personally experience the real life and humanity of their community. learn more: cwinstitute.net learn more • cwi summer institutes • … Continue reading

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The Place Based Concept in Education

Jane Jack is Director of Small Learning Communities at Decatur Central High School Choice Academy in Indiana. She is an alumna of CWI’s Summer EAST Institute and shares her thoughts on the importance of “place based education” in her students’ … Continue reading

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Gathering for Purpose: Educational Change, Confucius, and the Moving Vehicle

By JOE BROOKS Place Based Service-Learning and educating for Sustainability provide a unique opportunity for making a complete shift in our educational and societal paradigm, at a time when, by nearly everyone’s estimation, we need to return to the essential … Continue reading

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