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Mapping the Neighborhood: Experiential Learning as a Survival Skill

By PAUL LOWE I’ve been teaching in the MacArthur Park/Westlake district of Los Angeles for ten years and have worked with a host of immigrant families. Most of them are from Mexico, and some of them have migrated from other … 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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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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Finding the Whole Child in Education Reform

By CHRISTOPHER NYE Big challenges lie ahead — fixing the economy so that it more equitably serves everyone, not just those with the wealth and power; rebuilding democracy so that it is no longer hijacked by lobbyists and corporations; and … Continue reading

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Support Your School Service Program with On-Site Professional Development

We Support Local Schools and Community Organizations Since 1995, Community Works Institute (CWI) has worked with school and community educators — across the U.S. and internationally — in support of building teaching practices that connect K-16 students and curriculum to … Continue reading

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Teaching to the Personal through Community Focused Learning

BY JOE BROOKS Sifting through themes that revolve around creating and supporting educational experiences that build community and foster meaningful learning, it’s connecting school work to a larger purpose, to the self, to experience that resonates. As it was “then” … Continue reading

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Why We Should Embrace Personal Stories in Our Teaching

by JON MADIAN It seems that maturing the human heart depends on developing our insight into other people’s situations; their challenges, sensitivities and talents. A reasonable hypothesis is that our most fundamental values are motivated by our drive to serve … Continue reading

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Mindfulness, Empathy, and Insight

Intentional service-learning cultivates mindfulness, empathy, and social action. Join us for CWI’s K-16 Summer Institute on Service-Learning and Sustainability. —Los Angeles and Burlington, Vermont. learn more: http://bit.ly/1PCRv6u

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Teaching for Mindfulness, is Intentional

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