is a week of inspiration and expert training, set amid the breathtaking summer landscape of northern Vermont in the uniquely progressive city of Burlington. The Institute provides a unique opportunity to understand why place based service-learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with your students. Join us for a transformative week of project and program design, expert training and guidance, field work, and inspired networking. special rates/teams l testimonials l register online l tel: 909.480.3966
Developing Global Citizens in the Local Community CWI Institutes are about connecting core 21st Century academic and social emotional skills with compelling student-centered learning projects. We promote teaching for empathy by designing powerful community focused learning experiences. Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability promotes global citizenship, starting at home.
Practicing 21st Century Skills Through Experience The Institute provides expert training, experienced guidance and support, with inspired collaboration. A core part of the Institute includes interactive sharing of experienced best practice, blended with cohort learning, designed to create a community of practice. Participants will also have the opportunity through field based practicum work to gain powerful new skills for use in local community exploration with their own students. Focus on creating hands-on opportunities for students to learn and practice essential social emotional and academic skills. Teach for empathy, understanding, and compassion using Place Based Service-Learning as a design strategy and method to create real and compelling opportunities for your students to be community builders. Followup support via 3 Skype sessions is included.
Who Should Attend Each year, our Summer EAST community of participants includes a highly diverse group of K-16 teachers and administrators, from schools large and small, rural and urban, independent and public, along with community based educators. CWI Summer Institutes are appropriate for both veteran practitioners and "beginners." We emphasize strategies that create deep faculty, student, and community buy-in, with an eye toward long term success. Since 1995, educators from across the U.S. and around the world have gathered at CWI's Summer Institutes as a powerful professional learning community, immersed in developing Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability focused education programs. CWI Summer Institutes provide a rich collegial environment for professional learning, problem solving with peers, project planning, and inspiring support for your own project or program.
A Community of Practitioners
Along with expert training, CWI's Summer EAST Institute offers participants a powerful synergy of ideas and experience drawn from the wealth of vision, talent, and experience represented. The Institute is the perfect opportunity move your vision forward. For a limited time we have an excellent opportunity for local cohort-teams of teachers, to attend (with special rates).
Our Areas of Focus and Connection CWI's Summer EAST Institute provides a unique opportunity to understand why Place Based Service-Learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with your students. The following are among the areas we will focus on at the Institute:
Student Voice • 21st Century Skills • Reciprocity • Social Justice • Global Citizenship • Sustainable Communities • STEM • Transdisciplinary Themes • Exploring Local Culture and History • Project Based Learning Connections • K-16 Partnerships • Meaningful Reflection • Collaborative Ethnography as a Tool for Service • Gardens and Nutrition • Participatory Art • Creating Buy-In
• Building Successful Long Term Programs
Place Based Service-Learning is a 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, student voice. We seek ultimately to bring the community together around common purpose, with students in the forefront of that process.
Project Based Learning and Service-Learning
Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Service-Learning are highly complimentary approaches, involving a dynamic approach to learning through active exploration of real-world problem solving. Place Based Service-Learning move PBL projects toward the community with social purpose. Summer EAST 2019 main l special rates/school teams l register online
Digging Below the Surface, Finding the Real Community
When we think about Place Based Service-Learning it includes learning to explore and more fully understand and access our own local communities. To practice this skill, our work at Summer EAST involves peeling back the hidden and not so hidden layers of Vermont, as an example of what is possible for students locally. Just as any community possesses a multitude of levels and layers to be discovered and understood by students, Vermont is no exception. Institute participants will have the opportunity to explore first hand a nearby community that is deeply challenged, but newly diverse and culturally rich. Going well beyond the superficial depictions of Vermont in media and film, through field based practicum work we will gain powerful new skills for use in your own local community explorations and projects with students.
Institute Tuition and Professional Certificates 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 catered lunches. [see current tuition rates] The tuition fee does NOT include lodging.
CWI provides participants with Certificates in Service-Learning, for 45 hours of professional development, upon successful completion of Institute work.
We Also Provide Local Professional Development for Schools
We will work with your school or organization to create high impact local professional development and planning 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 on CWI professional development opportunities is available here. email us