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A Principal Reflects on Making Real Change in Education

By MARK SONNEMANN “Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein Change is hard. In fact, if Mary Shelley had it right, there is perhaps nothing more difficult. Nowhere, I … Continue reading

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This Is Not a Test

By MARK SONNEMANN I fall a lot as a professional. I sometimes teach lessons that are real stinkers, I have been known to misread students or parents or teachers and complicate situations, and I could not begin to count 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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Swimming Upstream Against the Current: Changing the School Improvement Paradigm

By DAVID SOBEL David Sobel is a regular essayist and contributing editor of Community Works Journal and is a Senior Faculty  in the Education Department at Antioch University New England. A Different Approach to School Improvement Crellin Elementary School in … Continue reading

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An Artist Says NOW is the Time to Involve Our Students in their Community

A very powerful interview with artist and CWI alum Margo Mullen, a passionate believer in bringing people and communities together through Place Based Service-Learning (and Art of course!) As Margo says, “Now is the time”. — Thanks to Nathalie Sanchez and … Continue reading

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Taking the Classroom to the Forest: A School’s Forest Fridays Program

By RILEY HOPEMAN and DAVID SOBEL Into The Woods Boot clad and bundled, seventeen kindergartners shuffle out of the heavy school doors. As they emerge, each breath suddenly becomes visible mixing with the cold, penetrating air. Standing poised at the … Continue reading

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The Complete Resource Guide for Service-Learning and Sustainability

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“Obvious” Questions & Thinking Like a Child

By DONNA MARIA ROMEO, PhD. Have you ever found yourself talking to someone about a seemingly mundane subject, such as “your morning cup of coffee routine,” only to discover to your surprise that he or she doesn’t have a morning … Continue reading

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Elder Documentaries: Student Initiative Means Community Connection at a Visceral and Emotional Level

By TERRY LEE Terry Lee is an Associate Professor of English, with a specialization in journalism, at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. With a background in journalism, as well as a Ph.D. in British literature, Terry developed a … Continue reading

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An A for Effort? Grading Grades in the 21st Century

By MARK JACOBS Mark is the director of the Longview School in upstate New York. Grading and evaluation is a hot topic in education. There are many theories about what approach is best, but in order to be able to evaluate … Continue reading

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