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CWI's Summer 2017 EAST Institute
A Professional Learning Lab for K-16 and Community Educators
Our Areas of Focus Include
Best Practice Based Service-Learning • Getting to Real Reciprocity • Student Voice
Sustainable Communities • Local Culture and History • Diversity and Service
Interdisciplinary Studies • Meaningful Reflection • Community Ethnography as Service
K-16 Partnerships • Gardens and Nutrition • Community Based Art • Social Justice
Creating Faculty, Student, and Parent Buy-In • Building a Long Term Thriving Program
Dive Deep Into the Heart of Learning
Join us this year for CWI's acclaimed Summer EAST Institute. Spend an intensive and deeply rewarding week immersed in service-learning, sustainability, and place-based education, with inspired educators from across the U.S. and around the world.
"This was the best Institute or conference that I
have ever attended! I am newly inspired!”
Terry Yamamoto-Edwards, Science Teacher
Punahou School, Hawaii
The Institute deepens practice with expert training within a highly supportive atmosphere—designed to maximize professional learning, growth, and program accomplishment. Participants work with CWI’s framework, which includes best practices for service-learning, with both an instructional and site level support focus.
“I would absolutely recommend CWI’s Institute. I now have a direction to take my program. We are moving from a community service model toward service-learning. I’ve gained confidence that we should move in this direction. The facilitator's understanding was strong, sensible, and practical.”
N. Elijah Sivin, Teacher / Dean of Student Life
Poly Prep School, Brooklyn, New York
The Institute provide a unique opportunity to understand why service-learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with your students. But the Institute is truly much more than that. Join us for a transformative professional learning experience that will reshape the way you view the relationship between learning, teachers, and the community.
Expert Training, Powerful Program Design
Our work at The Institute is guided and facilitated by CWI founder and service-learning expert Joe Brooks—a veteran teacher, who for three decades has worked with educators from around the world to involve students in powerful place based service-learning experiences. We work with field tested best practices and principles of sustainability that support the goal of engaging your students in academically based service that contributes to building sustainable communities. We emphasize both instructional and site level best practices that support the nuts and bolts of design, with long term program thinking.
“I had the privilege of working closely with Joe at CWI's Institute and was impressed with his diverse experience working towards social justice through place-based service-learning, community building and sustainability. For a veteran educator, with twenty-five years in the independent school setting, it is rare for me to be challenged to go deeper in my thinking and Joe is is a master at doing this, all in his warm, flexible way."
Darcy Ellsworth Yow
Director of Service Learning at Marin Country Day School
Corte Madera, CA
Who Should Attend
Each year, our Summer EAST Institute participants include a highly diverse group of K-16 teachers, administrators, from schools large and small—independent and public—along with community based educators and program leaders—from across the U.S. and around the world. The Institute is appropriate for both veterans and "beginners". In addition to expert training, the Institute provides a rich collegial environment for collaboration and the synergy of ideas and experience from the wealth of vision, talent, and experience represented by our participants.
“I can't over state the importance of this event to my vision and enthusiasm."
Julie Metzler, Director of Community Arts and Service
Kansas City Art Institute
An Exceptional Opportunity for Team Planning
CWI's Summer Institutes are also extremely effective for school and community based teams. Our participants use the week's learning, tools, and retreat like setting, to maximize opportunities for creating school or program wide buy-in and long term success. special team rates.
"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
Georgetown International School
About Our Location
CWI's Summer EAST Institute is set amid the breathtaking landscape of northern Vermont, and for more than two decades has been a premier international professional development event. Summer EAST takes place at Rock Point Center, on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. Our location provides us with an ideal retreat like setting. Burlington itself is consistently ranked as one of the most progressive and sustainable cities in the United States, possessing a rich tapestry of progressive institutions and programs, grounded in the down to earth atmosphere that is Vermont. learn more
CWI's Unique Approach to Service-Learning
We see service-learning as a crucial piece in a larger effort to connect and engage students with real world issues. Our approach is to first consider place as the context, with service-learning as the strategy, and sustainable communities as the goal. To achieve this we begin our work with educators by considering what sustainable communities look like, and how to connect students to a sense of place—their place—in intentional ways that will inform their experience with service and social action. Student voice and creating real reciprocity (genuine deeper and complimenting relationships) are absolutely inherent to high quality service-learning. An emphasis on social justice and diversity is an intentional and natural part of this process as it unfolds with students.
“Thank you for a truly unforgettable week. I am so excited about the direction we are headed as a school and really appreciate your support and encouragement. We met with the Leadership Team for our school today and they are all on board!”
Erin Molitoris, Teacher
Christ Presbyterian Academy
Finding the Bigger Learning Picture, in Your Own Backyard
Student voice, reciprocity, and understanding community are necessarily closely linked. Voice leads to engagement and engagement leads to informed discovery. We understand student voice as part of a "continuum," an ongoing process, where while it is essential that students do participate on some level in making thoughtful choices, teachers also face limits of time, comfort, and experience. The same is true of crafting learning experiences in the local community. We remain mindful of this.
Our goal in our work with educators and schools is to set a long term process in motion that is grounded in a shared belief that student voice, reciprocity, and possessing a sense of place hugely deepens student engagement in learning, and in the world around them. This process takes time and practice and is always well worth the effort.
The process of inquiry and discovery, involved in place based education, leads to a deeper understanding of the nature of community itself, in all its forms. This in turn leads to looking at sustainability—uncovering the interconnectedness of people, cultures, place, the natural world, and our own role within that. We use a process that we call "community ethnography" to facilitate students (and teachers) exploring and understanding the place they call home. We begin from a premise that every place is unique and special with a story to tell. The Institute includes compelling opportunities to practice place based service-learning through community ehtnography.
Small Study Groups, Peer Support, Planning
Small study groups provide participants with an important opportunity to share their key challenges and receive invaluable feedback, suggestions and support from a diverse and invested set of fellow participants. Alumni have traditionally noted this aspect as one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of the Institute. Structured planning and reflection time is provided for individual and group work. Our educator practitioners are believers in knowledge based problem solving. Our shared mission emphasizes crafting student learning experiences that are grounded in the application of knowledge and skills, through service to the community.
Institute Tuition, Fees, and Graduate Credit
Early registration rates are available for individuals and teams. If reimbursement is an issue, payment deferral is an option during the online registration process. Tuition includes all training materials, and lunches. [see current tuition rates] The tuition fee does NOT include lodging. Discounted lodging is available. Graduate credit is optional for an additional fee.
Professional Certificates and Graduate Credit
Professional certificates for 45 hours will be issued upon successful completion of Institute work. Three graduate credits are also available. email for details
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CWI PROVIDES LOCAL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
CWI will work with your school or organization to create high impact local professional development sessions, or a site based version of our Summer Institutes. Local faculty training and planning events are customized to fit each individual site's needs. More information is available on CWI professional development opportunities is available here. email CWI