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EXPERIENCE Community Works Institute Celebrating Our 18th Year of Unique Professional Development
Curriculum & Program Planning
Place Based Education
Reflection and Support
Collaboration & Inspiration
Peer Support and Critique
Collegial Dialogue and Critique
"The most important component of my experience at CWI’s Institute was how it presented a new view for future service and service-learning..... with tangible examples of how easily that knowledge can translate into a more responsible approach to each program and project we do. Jini Loos, Teacher
The Haverford School
“I have come back to my job, my colleagues and students confident that I will be able to enhance our current service activities....Thank you—glad to be part of CWI’s Summer Institute. Chris Haupt
Director of Student Life
Santa Catalina School
INSTITUTE DIRECTOR, COURSE INSTRUCTOR Joe Brookshas worked with students at every level, from elementary through graduate education. He is the founder and director of CWI and serves as publisher ofCommunity Works Journal. A veteran professional development leader-facilitator, Joe has provided support over the past two decades to a wide spectrum of public and independent K-16 schools, regional organizations, and national initiatives.His work brings him together with educators from around the world with a focus on curriculum and program development—through site based consulting, workshops, and graduate level institutes. Joe is a former middle school teacher with a passion for hands-on learning with service and democracy at its core. He taught in Vermont for twelve years, initiating and nurturing a nationally recognized K-12 service-learning and community partnership program.Among his longer term curriculum projects was a student published community newspaper that introduced students to state-of-the-art, standards based journalism and publishing using primary sources. This program was central to a larger effort to reframe the school and its students as a hub of community partnership efforts, The newspaper thrived, subsequently serving local residents for more than seventeen years. Joe's curriculum work with students and colleagues has also included development of local cultural and historical projects, with focuses on local history, digital publications, community surveys, school gardens, and technology projects.email.
Pat Haggertyhas been involved in education in various capacities for 33 years—as a classroom teacher K-12, as a curriculum director, as an assistant superintendent, and most recently as an elementary school principal at Bryn Mawr School in Auburn, Massachusetts. At Bryn Mawr Pat infused aspects of service-learning across the grades. Pat has also served as the Auburn Public Schools District Coordinator for Service-Learning. Over the past decade as a core faculty member of Community Works Institute, Pat has worked closely with hundreds of educators from diverse K-16 backgrounds in advancing their service-learning practice. She is also a founding member of the Massachusetts Service-Learning Partnership and a former Christa McAuliffe Fellow who used service-learning as the platform for her fellowship. Pat continues to be passionate about service-learning, sharing the methodology through dynamic workshops, publications, and practice. She is currently working on a service-learning book for elementary teachers Pat has been a core member of CWI's faculty for over a decade, working with K-16 educators through summer institutes and site based trainings.
CO-FACILITATOR,COURSE INSTRUCTOR Steve Colangeli—veteran science and agriculture teacher in the Alternative Education Program at Middlebury Union High School in Middlebury, Vermont. Steve has a strong passion for sustainable agriculture and environmental science. For the past five years he has been involved in building school based greenhouses and gardens as outdoor classrooms. Steve, his students, and colleagues use the gardens and greenhouse as a base for a variety of service-learning projects that connect the curriculum to the community. Over the years Steve has been involved in a multitude of service-learning projects and is always inspired by the learning that students gain through this type of education. Steve lives in Charlotte with his wife Cory, and his son Aiden where they are working to create renewable energy sources within their home.
INSTITUTE FACULTY MEMBERS
Cynthia Hughesis a veteran educator with more than thirty years in the field. Her experience includes serving as a public school classroom teacher and reading specialist in Vermont, where she is currently a Library Media Specialist for the Springfield School District. Cynthia has also worked extensively over the years as an environmental educator, and music teacher. Her work with children has always had at its heart a hands-on approach to fostering a sense of place and connection to the natural world. She has designed both classroom and library curricula that integrates service-learning and nature studies with literacy standards. As a faculty member with the educational nonprofit Community Works Institute (CWI), Cynthia has facilitated numerous professional development events, and designed and led a series of weeklong service-learning institutes for elementary students. Cynthia was a member of the original team of educators who developed CWI's Connecting Service-Learning to the Curriculum. She also enjoys composing and performing music.
Brad Houk—is a counter-cartographer and educator. After spending years teaching at-risk students in Vermont, Navajo students on a reservation in New Mexico, Quaker students in the mountains of Pennsylvania, and advanced degree People’s Liberation Army officers in China, he now teaches at the Community College of Vermont. Pulling from his academic background in design and education, Brad has been using "counter-maps" to invigorate his classroom. Most recently, Brad has been counter-mapping his local community, as well as the American Autumn, in an effort to not only understand a community more deeply (and the many ways it can be experienced) but to explore how this process can be used as a tool for service-learning and a method in civic and community-engagement.
Marc Chabotis the science teacher at Thetford Academy in Vermont and has taught high school chemistry and/or physics for more than twenty years. His curriculum includes several excellent examples of service-learning, among them the Physics Problem-Solving Unit. He was a Christa McAuliffe fellow based on his project “Reaching Mainstreamed Students in Chemistry using Computers.” Marc was awarded the Radioshack National Teacher Award in 2004 and was a state finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching in 2002. He has trained as a National Facilitator for the School Reform Initiative. Marc is longtime CWI faculty member and regular presenter and facilitator at CWI events.
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