Nicole Whelan, Service-Learning Director
American School of the Hague

Join with likeminded, passionate educators from across North America and beyond at CWI's Summer EAST and WEST Institutes.


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The Complete Resource
for Service-Learning and Sustainability
Revised and Expanded 3rd Edition
Includes an all
new section on Education for Sustainability along with an expanded series of exemplars. more

These will be key tools for making recommendations to my administration in terms of important action steps, and in terms of documenting and evaluation our progress in integrating Service-learning. I also appreciated the clarity with which place-based education, service-learning and sustainability were linked.”
Jill Stewart, Coordinator of Community Service
Upper Canada College Prep (UCC)
Toronto, Ontario

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EARLY REGISTRATION RATES for 2014 Summer Institutes
Through April 30th


CWI's Summer EAST Institute on Service-Learning

July 14-18, 2014, Shelburne, Vermont
at Shelburne Farms, Vermont

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Set amid the breathtaking landscape of northern Vermont, this is a premier international event. Join with colleagues from across North America and beyond, working to embrace service-learning and sustainability within their teaching practice. learn more l register online
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CWI's Summer WEST Institute on Service-Learning
July 28–August 1, 2014, Los Angeles, California

at Loyola Marymount University
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LoyolaSummer WEST takes place in a stunningly beautiful retreat like setting, adjacent to one of the world's most vibrant urban settings. Veteran practitioners, model programs, guided support, curriculum planning, and more.
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“It was collaborative, hands on and organic. I am so thankful for you all!”
Travis Greenlee, Middle School Humanities Teacher
The Key School, Annapolis, MD

“I would absolutely recommend CWI’s Institute! I now have a direction in which to take my program. We are moving from a community service model toward service-learning. I’ve gained confidence in my belief that we should move in this direction. The facilitators’ understanding was strong, sensible, and practical.”
N. Elijah Silvin, Dean of Student Life,
Poly Prep School, Brooklyn, New York

Institute Reflections CWI alumni comment

As an Institute Participant you will...
• Identify academic connections to place, service, sustainability.
• Find practical ways to encourage student voice and deep engagement.
• Create a coherent working plan for your classroom, school, or program.
• Develop a deeper understanding of the role and practice of reflection.
• Learn strategies to develop authentic partnerships.
• Build buy-in among colleagues, parents, and community members.
• Reinvigorate your own practice, personally and professionally.
• Explore the nature of truly compelling work with students.
• Become a part of CWI’s network of passionate educators.

“Great learning and sharing experience. It clarified and reinforced my grasp of service-learning.”
José Luis Martinez, Waste Action Director
EarthTeam, Berkeley, California

"Transformative work. I will use this process and knowledge to change how our school gets students involved in their community. I found myself becoming even more determined about the role that service-learning can have in our school. Thank you for taking a leadership role.”
Vernita Vallez, Principal
Inter-American Magnet School,
Chicago, Illinois


Partnering with Schools and Communities

CWI celebrates important work accomplished with local educators from communities across North America and abroad. We extend our appreciation to all of our Institute, workshop participants, subscribers, partners, and donors, and special recognition to our 1998-2013 alumni. alumni comment

CWI's recent outreach efforts include our work with the American School Foundation of Guadalajara, Trinity Episcopal Schools and the American School of Warsaw. CWI is partnering with Tucson's City High School in presenting an annual Symposium on Transforming Schools in Arizona educators, K-16 and community based, are encourged to join us for a day of collaboration and learning. learn more

In Virginia we are working with Norfolk State University faculty and students to provide professional development support for their campus wide service-learning initiative. CWI has also been pleased to partner with the Gulf South Summit's universities and colleges, finding great inspiration in the educators we have worked with there.

The past year's highlights included the many amazing and dedicated educators who attended CWI's 2013 Summer EAST and WEST Institutes in Los Angeles and Vermont.

From 1998-2013, our CWI Institute participants have come from geographically and culturally diverse places around the world including Thailand, Mexico, Turkey, Poland, Egypt, Canada, Columbia, Bangladesh, Hungary, Lebanon, Bulgaria. These international educators are joined each year by U.
S. educators from K-16 institutions large and small, public and independent. more news


We provide educational organizations internationally and across the U.S. with a wide variety of customized SITE BASED trainings and professional development opportunities.

Faculty training and support is available on-site in single or multi-day formats.

Our work centers on transforming student learning experiences into real life contexts by integrating place, service, and sustainability deeply within the curriculum. alumni comment

Connect, Inspire, Transform

Our trainings are conducted by veteran faculty members. We work with schools and organizations to develop a customized training or presentation to meet your own unique context and needs. learn more l email CWI for more information, or call 909-480-3966


Teaching Students
to Leave a Legacy

Stowe High School
In reflecting on the week with Community Works Institute I am amazed at how much we have gone over. This Institute will definitely change what and how I teach, so right there it was worth it!  I learned that Service-Learning is really a teaching strategy that combines academics and social education to meet a community’s needs, and that a truly good project will improve the quality of life for all—both current and future generations. That’s really cool! Teaching the kids to leave a legacy. read more

Through Restoration

Pitsburgh Parks Conservancy
We have an absolutely incredible group of people who are committed to connecting people with nature and making our City even better. This was the perfect chance to practice lifelong learning together, prepare us for another year of our growing environmental education programs, and reaffirm what we all believe—that giving students a chance to not just learn about our local environment but actually improve it is the key to fostering the park stewards and engaged citizens of the future. read more

For Purpose

CWI Education Director
The experiences of our colleagues in the classroom strongly suggest that we are not living in a world where scatterings of educators in different buildings with shared teaching values can easily survive intact on their own, not to mention thrive. Teachers need experiences that gather and share collective wisdom, evolving models of success. The professional experience that inspires or rekindles the personal must somehow be at the core of what we do. read more

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