Category Archives: Service-Learning

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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The Real Power of Schools and Students in Their Communities

Matt Budd is an outstanding veteran educator at the Berkeley Carroll School in Brooklyn, New York, and an alum of CWI’s Summer Institute on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability. He shares his Institute experience and his thoughts on the power … Continue reading

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Something Larger: The Benefits of My Anthropological and Humanist Training

By MARTIN ORTLIEB Below are a couple of sketched observations why I feel fortunate about my training. I believe it helps me help the world in a time during which humanity faces many urgent challenges. (Forgive me, this is the … Continue reading

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An International Educator’s Perspective on Our Priorities

VOICES from the INSTITUTE SERIES Marta Vernet is the Community Engagement and Service-Learning Director for the American School of Barcelona. Marta thinks Service-Learning is crucial for today’s students, across the world, experiential learning in a world of virtual reality. Reciprocity … Continue reading

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