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Summer EAST 2017 begins promptly at 8:30am on Monday, June 19 and ends, following an important culminating activity, promptly at 4:30pm on Friday, June 23. 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! I really thought you hit the mix dead on.”
Leitzel Schoen
Service-Learning Director
Westminster School, Atlanta

“Excellent! This has motivated me to get to the next level. Thank you so much for the best professional development I’ve ever had!”
Marc LaVoie, Teacher
American School of Budapest

“Transformative work during the week! I found myself becoming even more determined about the role that service-learning can have in our school.”
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
Kansas City Art Institute

“I believe you touched many hearts and will start movements around the school. This was a very good session. Thank you for giving us the motivation! I now think it’s possible and have the willingness to do so.”
Ana Gabriella Ochoa Arias
American School

“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 Int'l School

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Transforming Teaching Through Place, Service-Learning, and Sustainability

Special Early Bird Registration Rates are Now!

CWI's 2017 Summer EAST Institute
Place, Service-Learning, and Sustainable Communities
Burlington, Vermont • June 19-23, 2017
Celebrating 21 Years of Transformative Professional Development

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Special Early Registration Rate This Week! register online

The Perfect Opportunity for School Teams


Focus Your Practice and Passion on Community Engagement in 2017!

service learningJoin us this year for the world's most acclaimed service-learning focused Institute. 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.

The Institutes provide a unique opportunity to understand why ser
vice-learning works, how it works, and how use it most effectively 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

Service-learning represents the most comprehensive strategy for achieving the learning and social goals that we 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 learningEach 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. 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.

This was the best Institute or conference that I have ever attended! I am newly inspired!”
Terry Yamamoto-Edwards, Science Teacher
Punahou School, Hawaii

Small study groups 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. alumni testimonials

Student Voice • Best Practice Based Curriculum Design • Sustainable Communities • Social Justice
Meaningful Reflection • Community Ethnography • Counter Mapping • Building Schoolwide Buy-In
K-16 Partnerships • Community Based Art • School Gardens • Getting to Real Reciprocity

Student voice is a core component of our work. CWI's Summer Institute includes ongoing opportunities for dialogue with experienced practitioners and peers. Structured planning and reflection time is provided for individual and group work. Join leading teacher practitioners of knowledge based problem solving who emphasize student learning experiences that are grounded in the application of knowledge through service to the community.

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burlingtonCWI'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 learn more

“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—Foreign Language Department
Christ Presbyterian Academy
Nashville, Tennessee

CWI Summer Institutes are extremely effective for K-16 school and community based teams. Use the week's learning, tools, and retreat like setting to maximize opportunities for creating school or program wide buy-in. Special team rates are available.

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“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

service learningCWI's Summer Institute is facilitated by veteran educators. Learn how to integrate field tested service-learning best practices and principles of sustainability. Engage your K-16 students in academically based service that contributes to building sustainable communities. We emphasize both instructional and site level best practices that serve classroom teachers, program leaders, and administrative equally well.

—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, Fees, and Graduate Credit
paypalEarly 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. 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


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