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Nurturing Social Entrepreneurs

By THOMAS WILLIAMSON Twelve students sit around a table with two professors and two staff members. They are figuring out how to help a student set parameters around her social service internship, in particular negotiating reasonable work hours. It’s a … Continue reading

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Taking an Empathic Approach to Learning Through Community Based Fieldwork

By JOE BROOKS, Director, Community Works Institute (CWI) We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. (a video is included below) Alexandra is a science/STEM teacher from Long Beach, California who … Continue reading

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Oral History in the Digital Era: Narratives of Latin@s in Ohio

By ELENA FOULIS Throughout my academic career, I have looked at ways in which authors of fiction rely on personal and family memory to tell the stories of their characters. Writers like Graciela Limón, Gayle Jones, and Denise Chavez link … Continue reading

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Freeways and Country Lanes: A Rebirth of the Small Community School?

By STUART GRAUER Dr. Stuart Grauer is a teacher, the founding Head of School at The Grauer School, and Founder of The Small Schools Coalition. “Will metro areas evolve from the behemoths they are today into a series of smaller … Continue reading

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Teaching for Social Justice through Collaborative Ethnography

By JOE BROOKS Using Collaborative Ethnography as a tool and strategy, we’re helping K-16 and community educators learn to design compelling curriculum experiences that are centered on the people, issues, and culture of their own local community. Collaborative Ethnography provides … Continue reading

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Subscribe to Community Works Journal digital magazine

at no cost. The Journal is a  unique resource for K-16 and community based educators. The Journal has been published by Community Works Institute (CWI) since 1995, in support of teaching practices that build community. The Journal features essays and … Continue reading

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Teaching for Social Justice Through Collaborative Ethnography

By JOE BROOKS We had a great conversation in Los Angeles recently, with veteran educators Felipe Sanchez and Alexandra Gonzales. We’re building a community focused pedagogy K-16. It’s all here and they said it so well. Join us for the … Continue reading

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Dispelling the Myths of Reflection

By CARRIE WILLIAMS HOWE Carrie Williams Howe, MEd is the Interim Director of the Office of Community-University Partnerships and Service-Learning (CUPS) at the University of Vermont. She works primarily with faculty and students in academic service-learning and community-based research. A member of … Continue reading

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Transforming the Academic Classroom: University Students and Children in a Homework Program Write Poems Together

By CLAUDIA M. REDER, Ph.D. California State University at Channel Islands Claudia M. Reder , Ph.D. teaches at California State University at Channel Islands. She is the author of My Father & Miro and Other Poems. Her interests include storytelling, poetry, … Continue reading

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“If These Walls Could Talk…” An Inside Look at Children’s Learning

By CAROL BERNER “If these walls could talk they would say, ‘where have all the little children gone’?” Fifth grader Brian proudly showed his model of a one-room schoolhouse—the former Conway Grammar School—to an audience packed with elementary school children. … Continue reading

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