Transformative Professional Development Since 1995, Community Works Institute (CWI) has provided uniquely supportive professional development experiences for K-16 educators across the U. S. and internationally—along with publications, and resources that document and disseminate successful programs.
CWI's work with teachers, schools, and organizations places particular emphasis on service-learning, place based education, and sustainability. Our outreach work is led by Joe Brooks, a veteran teacher practioner, international leader-advocate in the field, and our principal training and support educator. testimonials
Joe facilitates site based workshops, local Institutes, and our Summer EAST and Summer WEST Institutes, in Burlington, Vermont and Los Angeles. He has worked in a multitude of diverse settings across the U.S. and around the world. Working closely with teachers and schools, Joe channels his extensive experience and personal passion for place based service-learning and locally focused learning partnerships into a doable process that impassions teachers and helps schools succeed in their vision and planning. email us
We work with schools and community organizations on-site at their locations across the U.S. and internationally. We believe that global citizenship starts at home, and that to serve our local communities we need to understand our local community. The process of exploring and understanding the community is rich with student learning opportunities and partnerships. We help schools with the strategies and pedagogy to succeed in that process. We help educators focus on using their local community as the classroom, as an essential resource for student learning. We provide on site program consulting, highly engaging trainings, faculty retreats, and curriculum planning events.
An interview with CW Institute alumnus Matthew Budd
Community Action Director, at Berkeley Carroll School, Brooklyn.
Place Based Service-Learning is our strategy to explore your own community's unique characteristics of people, culture and place.
With a focus on "place" we work to develop service-learning projects and programs that encourage reciprocity, empathy, and student voice. We seek ultimately to bring the community together around common purpose, with students as partners and empowered initiators.
Join inspired educators from across the U.S. and beyond at the Institute for a week of deeply fulfilling learning, planning work, and collaboration.
Our Mission is to support and promote exemplary teaching strategies and practices for K-16 and community programs that support students becoming caring, responsible and active members of their communities.
Our focus is on supporting curriculum that has place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, and sustainability as the goal.
Contact us by email to learn more about how CWI can support your school or organization. We provide on-site trainings specifically tailored for your local context and needs.
Connecting a Community of Educators
We are building a long term community of connected, likeminded educators and schools to encourage and sustain change and innovation.
Educators, schools and programs using the CWI framework focus on creating learning experiences that enable students to apply skills and content knowledge to real needs in their local community. Schools employing the CWI model are dedicated to providing opportunities for meaningful student voice—learning opportunities that resonate with purpose. learn more
Resources for K-16 Educators and Community Partners
CWI provides resources that include publications, trainings, and institutes, that help to create and sustain a movement toward integrating service-learning, place-based and sustainability education. Our flagship publication, Community Works Journal is read by thousands of educators around the world.
Summer Institutes for K-16 and Community Educators
CWI's annual Summer Institutes on Place, Service, and Sustainability take place each summer in Burlington, Vermont and Los Angeles, California. Our outreach activities and workshops take place across the U.S. and internationally, throughout the year. In our work with teachers we use a field tested framework based on educator created best practices and tools. Community Works Institute's alumni, and participants include K-16 and non-formal educators, along with students, administrators, program personnel, policy makers and community members. contact CWI about scheduling an event at your school.
Partnering with Schools and Communities
Since 1995 Community Works Institute has supported a wide variety of schools, regional programs and organizations. Our events, resources and publications have supported educators from across the US, Canada, and around the world. We provide local on site consulting services, in-services, and trainings each year across the U.S. and internationally. Our fee schedule is available on request info l schools & organizations supported by CWI
A Thank You to Our Educator Contributors
We would like to thank the many students, teachers and educational organizations who continue to thoughtfully share their work with us through our publications and this web site.
A special thanks for design and illustration support to Mary Azarian, and Dede Cummings.
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