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for 2016 Summer EAST
The Institute begins promptly at 8:30am on Monday, June 20 and ends, following an important
culminating activity, promptly at
4:30pm on Friday, June 24. Late
arrivals and/or early departures are discouraged out of respect for
fellow participants. Please schedule travel plans accordingly.

“ You make the five day commitment worth it” The professional level and organization/preparation certainly distinguish you from other experiences I’ve had. I really thought you hit the mix dead on.”
Leitzel Schoen
Service-Learning Director
Westminster School, Atlanta

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Celebrating 21 Years of Transformative Professional Development

CWI's Summer EAST Institute
on Place, Service-Learning, and Sustainable Communities

Burlington, Vermont • June 20-24, 2016
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CWI's Summer EAST Institute
on Place, Service-Learning and Sustainable Communities

AREAS of FOCUS INCLUDE: Student Voice • School Gardens • Social Justice
Meaningful Reflection • Community Ethnography • Counter Mapping
Getting to Real Reciprocity • K-16 Partnerships • Building Faculty Buy-In
Service through Community Art • Best Practice Based Curriculum Design

A Week of Uniquely Inspiring Training, Planning, and Collaboration
CWI Summer Institutes provide a unique opportunity to dive deeply into place based education, service-learning, and principles of sustainability. Understand why service-learning works, how it works, and how to maximize It's effect with your students.

"Transformative work! I will use this process and knowledge to change how our school gets students involved in their community. I found myself even more determined about the role that service-learning can have in our school. Thank you for taking a leadership role.”
Vernita Vallez, Principal
Inter-American Magnet School,
Chicago, Illinois

CWI's Summer EAST Institute is set amid the breathtaking landscape of northern Vermont, and is a premier international event for educators. Summer EAST takes place at Rock Point Center, on the shores of Lake Champlain in Burlington, Vermont. Our location at Rock Point provides us with an ideal retreat like setting. Burlington itself is consistently ranked as one of the most progressive cities in the United States, with international visitors arriving regularly to study its policies, politics, and its many innovative businesses and organizations. Socially responsibility pioneer Ben and Jerry's also has its roots in Burlington, with its corporate headquarters nearby.

“Thank you for facilitating 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—Foreign Language Department
Christ Presbyterian Academy
Nashville, Tennessee

Each year, our Summer Institute participants include a highly diverse group of K-16 teachers, community based educators, administrators, and program leaders from schools large and small—from across the U.S. and around the world. The Institute experience meets each participant exactly where they are. It is appropriate for both veterans and beginners. Providing expert training for curriculum planning and implementation, 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 present. alumni testimonials


Over the course of the week we will focus on and collaborate around the following: 21st Century Skills in Action; Student Voice; Building Real Reciprocity in Service Projects; Building Schoolwide Support; Science, Gardens and Nutrition; Social Justice; Local History, Culture, Service and the Arts; Community Ethnography and Mapping; Reflection, and more

"Transformative work! I will use this process and knowledge to change how our school gets students involved in their community. I found myself even more determined about the role that service-learning can have in our school. Thank you for taking a leadership role.”
Vernita Vallez, Principal
Inter-American Magnet School,
Chicago, Illinois
“I would absolutely recommend CWI’s Institute. I now have a direction in which 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 facilitators’ understanding was strong, sensible, and practical.”
N. Elijah Sivin, Teacher/Dean of Student Life
Poly Prep School
Brooklyn, New York

Expert Training, Curriculum Planning, and Powerful Collaboration
CWI's Summer Institute is facilitated by veteran CWI faculty members. The Summer Institute integrates field tested service-learning best practices and principles of sustainability to engage K-16 students in academically based service that contributes to sustainable communities. We emphasize both instructional and site level best practices that will serve classroom, program and administrative educators equally well in their common endeavor.

An Exceptional School Team Planning Opportunity

CWI Summer Institutes are extremely effective for school and community based teams. Teams from K-16 schools, districts, and community organizations are able to use the week's learning, tools, and retreat like setting to maximize opportunities for creating school or program wide buy in and deeper implementation. Special team rates are available.

"The faculty have outdone themselves. Very knowledgeable, engaged, and helpful. Energetic, flexible, friendly and passionate! They planned very well, with lots of activities and resources. People were comfortable and excited."
Carla Lane, Teacher
Howard S. Billings High School Montreal

“Very helpful in forming a clear vision of accomplishments through service-learning and being able to figure out a vision for a whole school program.”
Michael Mackenna, Dir. of Social Responsibility, Fundacion Educativa Ingalterra           
Bogata, Columbia, SA

• Identify 21st Century skills and academic connections to place, service, sustainability.
• Find practical ways to encourage student voice and deep engagement.
• Make powerful cross disciplinary connections.
• Create a coherent working plan for your classroom, school, or program.
• Develop a deeper understanding of the role and practice of reflection.
• Learn strategies to develop authentic school and community partnerships.
• Learn how to build buy-in among colleagues, parents, and community members.
• Reinvigorate our practice, personally and professionally
• Explore what compelling community focused work with students looks and feels like.
• Become a part of CWI’s network of passionate educators.

Focus Your Teaching Practice and Passion on Community Engagement

Service-Learning, Community Engagement, and Invested Learners
Service-learning represents the most comprehensive strategy for achieving the learning and growth outcomes we all share as educators. With its emphasis on real world application and problem solving, service-learning provides one of the most effective ways to fully immerse and invest students in their learning. From pre-school to higher education the educators that we work with are focused on extending academic learning through meaningful application and community engagement.

"Service-learning is one of several 'deeper learning' strategies that states, districts, schools, and teachers may use to help students gain a deeper understanding of core academic content and simultaneously build deeper learning skills through the integration of content knowledge with application."
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DON'T MISS Our Early Bird Rates for Summer Institutes

A Week of Accomplishment
Spend an intensive and deeply rewarding week immersed in service-learning, sustainability, and place-based education. with educators from across the U.S. and around the world. CWI's Summer Institutes deepen practice through interactive training designed to maximize learning, growth, and accomplishment. Participants learn to use CWI’s model for service-learning best practice, with both an instructional and ‘site level” focus.

Fostering student voice is a core component of our work. The week includes ongoing opportunities for dialogue with experienced faculty practitioners and peers. Structured planning and reflection time is provided for individual and group work. registration infol register online

CWI Institute participants will join leading teacher practitioners of knowledge based problem solving who emphasize student learning experiences that are compelling and grounded in the application of knowledge in service to the community.

Study Groups and Peer Support
Small study groups will provide participants with an important opportunity to share their key challenges and enjoy feedback, suggestions and support from fellow participants. Alumni have noted this aspect as one of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of the Institute.

Certificates and Relicensure
Professional certificates for 45 hours will be issued upon successful completion of Institute work. Three graduate credits are also available. email for details

Institute Tuition and Fees
Early registration rates are available for individuals and teams. Tuition includes all training materials, and lunches. [see current tuition rates] The tuition fee does NOT include lodging. Discounted lodging is available, please contact CWI for information. Graduate credit is optional for an addtional fee.

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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



“This was the best Institute or conference that I have ever attended! I am newly inspired! I will start the school year with many ideas that I am excited to share and try. I also feel I can be clearer in promoting service-learning in my school.
Terry Yamamoto-Edwards
Science Teacher
Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii

“Transformative work during the week! I found myself becoming even more determined about the role that service-learning can have in our school. The instructors were really tuned into the group’s mastery of the concepts.”
Vernita Vallez, Principal
Inter-American Magnet School
Chicago, Illinois

“I can't over state the importance of this event to my vision and enthusiasm.
Julie Metzler, Director
Community Arts and Service-Learning
Kansas City Art Institute, Missouri

“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 (5-8)  
Georgetown International School

“This was easily the best ‘conference’ I’ve ever attended! It balanced ‘knowledge learning’ with focused quality time to meet individual’s specific needs. The facilitators had an amazing level of experience and understanding.
Diane Shingledecker
Assistant Professor / CBL Director
Portland Community College, Oregon

"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, SL Director
The Haverford School, Pennsylvania

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Trinity School, Atlanta, Georgia

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Punahou School, Hawaii

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Roberts College, Istanbul, Turkey

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