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CWI SUMMER INSTITUTES


Celebrating Our 21st Year of Professional Development

"At CWI's 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, Teacher
Los Angeles Unified School District
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THE WATERING HOLE

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Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia


Be sure to check out CWI's Voices of Educators. Voices is an ongoing series of interviews with educators who are working to make place, service-learning, and sustainability a core part of student learning.




barcelonaA TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE for TEACHERS!
CWI's 2016 Summer Institutes on Service-Learning
Join us this year for the world's premier service-learning driven professional development event—in Los Angeles and Vermont. Work with dedicated K-16 educators from across the U.S. and around the world. An unforgettable week of inspiring training with veteran practitioners, curriculum planning, and inspired collaboration.
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PLACE, SERVICE-LEARNING, and SUSTAINABILITY
CWI Provides Support for Schools Around the World
CWI supports local educators, from schools and communities across the U.S., along with international schools and organizations. Our work with K-16 schools and organizations includes extended site based PD, workshops and retreats—from Boston to Oregon, and China to Poland. Learn how we can support your school with a customized training or retreat. Our workshops are highly interactive and create shared purpose.
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classroom blogTHE ART OF SEEING
Blogging Our Way to Cultural Understanding
By SYLVIE DEBEVEC HENNING and LUCI FERNANDES
Share the experience of two educators using classroom based blogging to deepen understanding, raise important questions, and ultimately, as a tool to build classroom community. Blogging leads to a collaborative relationship because students are engaged in purposeful discourse, sharing their reflections on what they have learned as well as their own perceptions and insights. In this way they construct meaning and validate each other’s understanding. read more
reflectionLEARNING TO LOVE EDUCATION AGAIN
Making Connections and Our Values as Educators
By STUART GRAUER
I’m not Muslim, but I have been reading the Qur’an lately, in my role as a scholar and teacher, especially since there is so much reference to it in the news. As a humanities teacher and writer, I love how it is meant to be read in slow, measured rhythmic tones, like a meditation, and like much great poetic verse. Education and understanding are the only sustainable ways out of fear. read more
FEATURED ESSAY
MLK Day: James Brown, Walt Whitman, and I
By ROEETHYLL LUNN
My mother and father were sharecroppers—fortunate for them at that time because they had ten children. They had two boys, one at the beginning and one at the end, and eight girls in between. My mother had me when she was forty. I was first of her children who was allow to attend a public school. Black children before my age group had to walk or were driven on mule drawn wagons to a “one room, one teacher teach all,” school, held in their local churches.  Black people were not allowed to attend public schools nor ride public buses.  read more 
school gardenFEATURED ARTICLE
Imagining the Possible, Then Making it Happen
By PAULA COHEN, Teacher, LAUSD
Most of my teaching career, I’ve strived to put learning in context, connect students to issues in the community and make learning as relevant a process as I can. I work hard at helping students reach mastery and upholding the great standards. I signed a contract after all. It is always a great juggling act. The accomplishments do feel great, but there is always this sense that there wasn’t enough time or fluidity in the project. It could have been so much more if it didn’t have to have such a premature ending. read more
THE COMPLETE RESOURCE FOR SERVICE-LEARNING
Connecting Service-Learning to the Curriculum
Our revised and expanded third edition, is now in use by thousands of educators across the U.S., and internationally. This publication was created by teachers for teacher and includes an all new section on Education for Sustainability, along with an expanded series of exemplars and planning guides. This will be your go to guide for planning, implementing, and evaluating compelling service projects with your students.
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