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Imagining the Possible, Then Making it Happen

Most of my teaching career, I have defied the book. 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. Meanwhile 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 and way more work than following the “book” or program. 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
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LEARNING TO LOVE EDUCATION AGAIN
Making Connections Between the Qur’an and Our Values
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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. I wish I could read it in Arabic, but alas. With Islam under hot scrutiny right now—Islamophobia—I can’t think of a better purpose for education: Education and understanding are the only sustainable ways out of fear. read more
THE ECOLOGY OF TEACHING
American Violence and Education

I can't make things out anymore. I don't know what we're doing. American culture is upside down and, as an educator, I have no idea what to do, what to say, how to find "the teachable moment." I'm lost. I suspect we may all be feeling lost. It seems as if we're operating in two distinctly different worlds, one is inside the classroom where we theorize, study, calculate, ponder, the other, outside the classroom, that world we dare only glance at from time-to-time, is brutal, relentless in its inhumane insistence that life is cheap read more
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Experiencing Culture from the Inside Out
By BETTY BELANUS
As Erica and Tiffany took on such tasks as translating the origin myth of a remote Amazonian community from Spanish to English, gaining permission to use photos from a surfing competition utilizing traditional reed boats, and trying to figure out how many stories from the ground a suspension bridge made of local Andean grasses would be, the interns gained an intimate, albeit long distance, relationship with various facets of Peruvian culture and history. read more
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT—SUMMER INSTITUTE 2016
Place, Service, and Sustainability! Early Bird Rates Are Now!
Don't miss Community Works Institute's annual series of professional development events for 2016. Limited space exists for CWI's Summer EAST, BARCELONA, and WEST Institutes on Service-Learning. Join with educators from across the U.S. and around the world for a week of learning, exploration, and practical curriculum design. A perfect way for individual educators and teams to deepen their use of service-learning and sustainability, both in the classroom and program wide. These are best practice based events and appropriate for K-16 and community educators, and administrators. read more
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Re-Imagining Our Identity Through a Sustainability Class

By MARGARET PERROW, with RYAN KING
“This is my job,” he says. “I team with students to compress global issues down to their local relevance. I guide instruction by intuition rather than institution. The students inform me. I am constantly asking: What do you want to learn about this issue?  How can we work together to envision solutions and imagine possibilities? Will we be active participants or passive bystanders in our community, our environment? And I’m constantly amazed at what can happen when I get out of the way and let students take charge of their own learning.” read more
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THE ART OF SEEING
Blogging Our Way to Cultural Understanding
By SYLVIE DEBEVEC HENNING and LUCI FERNANDES
Share the experience of two educators who are using classroom based blogging to deepen understanding, raise important questions, and ultimately as a tool to build classroom community. Blogging leads to more than simple interaction. It leads to a collaborative relationship because students are engaged in purposeful discourse, as they share their own 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
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Intergenerational Learning: The Great Migration


Our students’ exposure to the black community in Brockton was predominantly shaped through service projects. They learned in the classroom about poverty and went to the city next door to help. Most of the people they were helping or studying were individuals of color—and poor. What the students were missing were the stories of the American blacks in the community who struggled and prospered, who valued education, whose children graduated college and rose through the ranks of government and businesses. Students needed to hear how hard it was succeed, how easy it would have been to give up and how failure wasn’t an option. read more
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Contemporary Social Issues Through Multicultural Story Sharing
By BRENDA BECK
An experiment in accessing the power of Story Telling for learning at multiple levels simultaneously. In multi-ethnic settings. we badly need to develop new ways of teaching about cross-cultural living. To succeed in this requires great sensitivity and understanding on the part of our school teachers and administrators. In the author’s view, multicultural storytelling, when done in a dense and discovery-filled way, can provide teachers with an excellent tool kit for this. read more
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Service-Learning With Jailed Partners: Overcoming
Negative Stereotypes


A story of an unusual and innovative service-learning partnership that has been sustained for ten years and designed specifically as a collaborative educational experience for local jail inmates and students, and not as a research project. From this long term partnership valuable lessons were learned in building sustainable service-learning courses and the use of quality service-learning practice. Along the way, some unexpected but heartwarming results appeared for all participants including the instructors. read more
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The Physics of Humanity and the Power of Student Exhibition

I had seen this classroom before—lab tables with students working independently or in small groups, the clutter of work-in-progress, laptops open and running, a bicycle propped in the corner—but today when I approached and looked through the panel of glass, it was all in medias res. I checked my watch and saw I was neither early nor late. I opened the door and immediately felt like I was like entering a theater through the backstage. People streamed in after me, and gradually the room filled with students and a few adults. There were chairs arranged in a small arc facing a screen and, behind that, the whiteboards. read more
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Voice and Vision: How Girls Learn to Lead and Resist Leading

Claiming one’s voice is to leadership what steel beams are to construction—the beams support the structure. In the same way, the ability to imagine and convey one’s vision is essential for leaders. I worry that in many school communities the term “leadership” has become a catch-all; I’d like us to deconstruct the term, to parse it so that girls understand there are many ways to lead. Perhaps one non-negotiable is that great leaders know how to communicate effectively. They also share a willingness to initiate, to inspire, to listen closely and to follow through. read more
OF PLACE AND EDUCATION
Educating for Sustainability: An Introduction


Education for Sustainability.
 It’s a tall order. But without some reorientation of our current societal behaviors, the climate will get warmer, the oceans higher, the food supply less dependable, and the gap between rich and poor wider. You know that old saying about how hard it is to change the path of an aircraft carrier? Well, imagine that the aircraft carrier is as big as the earth. It will take a long time and lots of concerted effort on everyone’s part to change the path we’re on. Do we really have any choice? Of course not. read more
LEARNING TO LOVE EDUCATION AGAIN
Small Schools: The Real Story on the Economy of Getting Small

By STUART GRAUER
Small design schools have historically been presumed to be uneconomical. We now understand that small schools, defined by the Small Schools Coalition as schools with 399 students or fewer, are no more expensive than today’s large consolidated schools. In fact, research has shown that formulas for determining funding disguise tremendous non-cash costs associated closely with large schools; some of those costs are difficult to affix a price tag to, and some of them include terrible social costs. read more
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The Little Things: Uncovering Identity on Campus through
Dress and Adornment

By CARRIE HERTZ
The class chose to tackle this topic by focusing on the student body, a constituency that the museum has struggled to engage over the years. Inspired by readings that explore the complex relationships that people form with objects, they wanted to ask their fellow students about what items of dress and adornment best encapsulate their identity. After a crash course in interview techniques and fieldwork ethics, each student set out to record conversations on this issue with at least five students by the next class. Each week they returned to the group with reports of their progress in recording new interviews and to ask for help. read more

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