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CWI's Online Network is an excelelnt way to connect with like minded educators from around the world. The Network is a diverse and dedicated community of educators, with a robust set of tools for sharing ideas and examples of work in the field.

"At CWI's Summer Institute, I met like minded educators who could see beyond the limitations, who thought outside the box, who were willing to ask big questions and delve deep into the answers. It felt like coming home."

Paula Cohen, Middle School Teacher
Los Angeles Unified School District


Rhonda Mitchell, Teacher
Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia

Watch CWI's Voices of Educators series of interviews with educators who are working to make service-learning a core part of student learning. more

We provide educators, across the U.S. and internationally, with a wide variety of customized SITE BASED trainings, retreats, and professional development support. On-site sessions are available in single or multi-day formats. learn more l testimonials


The Complete Resource for
Service-Learning and Sustainability
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CWI's 2015 Summer EAST, WEST, and BARCELONA Institutes
on Place, Service-Learning and Sustainable Communities

—Los Angeles, California and Burlington, Vermont

Special 2016 Registration Rates Are Now Available

Dive Deep with Place, Service-Learning, and Sustainability

CWI's Summer EAST Institute 2016
Burlington, Vermont • June 20-24
CWI's Summer EAST Institute is set amid the breathtaking landscape of northern Vermont and
is a premier international PD event. Join with colleagues from across North America and beyond, working to embrace place, service-learning and sustainability within their teaching practice.
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CWI's Summer BARCELONA Institute 2016
Barcelona, Spain • July 11-15
CWI's Summer BARCELONA Institute takes place on the shores of the Mediterranean in the ancient and grand city of Barcelona. Join with colleagues from around the world
, working to embrace place, service-learning and sustainability within their teaching practice.
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CWI's Summer WEST Institute 2016
Los Angeles, California •
August 1-5
CWI's Summer WEST features expert training and curriculum planning, adjacent to one of the world's most vibrant and diverse urban settings. Veteran practitioners, model programs, guided support, curriculum planning, and more. Join us in LA for a week to remember.
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“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. The facilitators’ understanding was strong, sensible, and practical.”
N. Elijah Silvin, Dean of Student Life,
Poly Prep School, Brooklyn, New York


“Through teamwork at the Institute, my challenges turned out to be my biggest advances.
My enthusiasm for service-learning has grown ten fold. CWI's Institute was beyond my expectations.”

Saidy Godette, Social Studies Teacher (5-8)  
Georgetown International School

from Community Works Journal

Finding the Heart of Students,
and the Soul of Education
We assume that our system is so complex that's it's nearly incomprehensible to the student; we now have systems, plural. In these systems and their mechanisms we essentially construct discipline, which fosters, primarily, dependency; it weakens the obsequious student who is blindly shepherded towards authority. This is an incredibly false construction caused by higher education's intimate relationship with the economic system; these systems mirror each other. read more

STEM In Action: A True
Success Story

The job of educators is to prepare students so they can have a real impact on the world.  Yet we rarely practice the necessary skills in school.  The attributes of passion, problem solving, and perseverance are often absent from the assignments we do with our young adults in high school. read more

Gathering For Purpose
The experiences of 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 and evolve models of success. The professional experience that inspires or rekindles the personal must somehow be at the core of what we do. read more

from Community Works Institute (CWI)

Partnering with Educators, Schools
and Communities

CWI celebrates our 20th year
of supporting local educators, from communities across the U.S. and internationally. We extend our appreciation to all of our Institute, workshop participants, partners, subscribers, and contributors.

Our recent work with K-16 schools and universities has included providing extended site based PD workshops and retreats from Boston to Oregon, and China to Poland.

Over the past twenty years, CWI's Summer Institutes on Service-Learning have welcomed participants from geographically and culturally diverse places around the world including: Thailand; Pakistan; Mexico; Turkey; Poland; Egypt, Canada, Columbia, Bangladesh, Hungary, Lebanon, and Bulgaria. CWI's participant educators are from K-16 institutions large and small, public and independent, as well as from community based organizations. Registration is now open for 2015 Summer Institutes, including "early bird" rates for individuals and teams. learn more

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