Category Archives: Sustainability

Practical Lessons: Building Authentic Partnerships with the Community

By MEGHAN RAFFERTY Meghan is the School/Community Partnerships Coordinator for Virginia Beach City Public Schools I am a teacher. My teaching style has always been to tell stories. I don’t teach in a classroom anymore, but I still tell stories … Continue reading

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From Charity Towards a Social Justice Paradigm: Critical Consciousness Through Service-Learning

By TANDEN BREKKE A charity paradigm of service-learning emphasizes the importance of altruism and joy that comes from giving. Yet this charity paradigm plays a role in domination and does not critically examine the acts, decisions, and policies that lead … Continue reading

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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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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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Using Art and Service-Learning for Social Change in Los Angeles

By AIDA LUGO Aida is a teaching artist in Los Angeles, and an alumnus of CWI’s Summer WEST Institute, and a member of LA RiverLore’s teacher cohort. Aida’s goals include encouraging her students to get directly involved, beginning with establishing … Continue reading

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Making Sustainability and Service-Learning Mesh in the Classroom

By NATALIE LAROSE Natalie currently teaches a second and third grade combination in Burlington, Vermont. She previously taught as a math Title I educator at Edmunds Middle School and in the second grade at Edmunds Elementary School, both located in … Continue reading

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Motivating and Engaging Our Students Through Service

By NICOLE WHELAN Nicole is the Service-Learning and CAS coordinator at the American School of the Hague in the Netherlands. She is an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning. Since the week I spent at CWI’s Summer Institute in … Continue reading

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