Category Archives: Teaching

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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What Kind of Experience Do We Want for Our Children?

By GREGORY HEDGER I have not written much for the personal this year. This has been due to a sudden and unexpected change in our family status. My wife and I have three daughters. The oldest is out of college, … 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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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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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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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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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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Educators Finding Power in Collaboration and Mutual Support

By JOE BROOKS With CWI’s annual Summer Institutes on Service-Learning and Sustainability now well into their third decade, we’ve been privileged to share the work with educators from an incredibly diverse set of experiences and backgrounds. Most teachers or administrators … Continue reading

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Finding and Working with Like-Minded Educators

By JOE BROOKS A clear awareness of the need for connection and community-building within the teaching profession led to the launching of Community Works Journal in the mid 1990’s, as a way to create connections and bring community focused teaching … Continue reading

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