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CWI's 2018 Summer EAST Institute
on Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability

June 25-29, 2018, at Champlain College, Burlington, Vermont


Create academically rigorous service focused curriculum programs. Connect your academic and social goals with compelling student centered community focused projects that build authentic partnerships. Expert training, experienced guidance and support, inspired collaboration.

Individual $799 per • School Teams 3+ at $699 per
(regular tuition rate is $1,089, after all early bird rates expire)

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subscribeCWI'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:

Framework for Place Based Service-Learning • Getting to Real Reciprocity • Student Voice • Social Justice • Sustainable Communities • STEM Connections and Transdisciplinary Themes • Exploring Local Culture and History • Connecting S-L to Project Based Learning • K-16 Partnerships • Meaningful Reflection • Collaborative Ethnography as a Tool for Service • Gardens and Nutrition • Community Based Art • Creating Faculty and School Buy-In • Building a Successful Long Term Program

Since 1995, educators from across the U.S. and around the world have gathered at CWI's Summer Institutes for deeply rewarding work—immersed in developing Place Based Service-Learning and Sustainability focused education programs.

Who Should Attend
instituteEach year, our Summer EAST Institute 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. We emphasize strategies that create deep faculty, student, parent, and community buy-in, with an eye toward long term success.

About Our Location
Summer EAST 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 Champlain College, in Burlington, Vermont. Burlington is consistently ranked as one of the most progressive and sustainable cities in the United States, and possesses a rich tapestry of progressive institutions and programs, grounded in the down to earth atmosphere that is Vermont. learn more l discounted accommodations

Place Based Service-Learning is a strategy to explore your own community's unique characteristics of people, culture and place. We focus on designing service-learning programs that encourage reciprocity, empathy, and student voice. Join inspired educators from across the U.S. and beyond at the Institute for a week of deeply fulfilling work.

Our Design Lab Atmosphere
Our professional learning and design lab atmosphere provides a rich collegial environment for learning, problem solving with peers, project planning, and inspiring support for your own project or program. CWI Summer Institutes are appropriate for both veteran practitioners and "beginners." In addition to expert training, CWI's Summer Institute offers participants a synergy of ideas and experience drawn from the wealth of vision, talent, and experience represented. The Institute is the perfect deep planning and development opportunity for your school team. special early bird and team rates

CWI's Summer EAST Institute is a unique experience, providing expert training, experienced guidance, and supportive collaboration in creating service focused curriculum and programs. Learn how to mesh your academic and social goals with compelling student-centered community projects. 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.
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Digging Below the Surface, Finding the Real Community
When we think about 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.

CWI's Summer EAST is a week of inspiration and expert training, amid the breathtaking summer landscape of northern Vermont. The Institute provides an opportunity to understand why service-learning works, how it works, and how to use it most effectively with your students. Spend a deeply rewarding week immersed in service-learning, sustainability, and place-based education, with inspired educators from across the U.S. and around the world.
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Engaging Students as Experiental Learners and Community Builders

Our work at the Summer Institute is guided by 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 an emphasis on long term program thinking.

winooski kidsConnecting our students to community focused work that builds understanding and creates common purpose is crucial to building strong and socially just communities. Democracy depends on inclusive civic involvement and positive social action. Our students are our most important resource in this effort. Service-learning creates teachable moments and intentional opportunities for students to contribute to their local community. At its core, CWI's Institute is a powerful training and collaboration opportunity for educators who are intent on investing students in our collective future.

Project Based Learning and Service-Learning
Project-Based Learning and Service-Learning are highly complimentary approaches. Project-Based Learning is student centered, involving a dynamic classroom approach to acquire deeper knowledge through active exploration of real-world challenges. By comparison, Service-Learning is an approach to teaching and learning where students use academic knowledge and skills to explore and address genuine community needs. Service-Learning, like project based learning, promotes student voice and choice as a way of supporting a student centered and student led approach. Service-Learning by design involves building partnerships and bridges to the community in pursuit of academically connected projects that serve real and compelling needs.

The Institute as a Collaborative Learning and Design Lab
Our work at the Institute focuses on exploring characteristics of sustainable communities, as we seek to intentionally connect students to a sense of place—their place—in ways that will inform their experience with diversity, social action and service. We emphasize student voice as a key component in fully engaging students. The Institute is a collaborative learning laboratory that stresses developing a sense of place, creating compelling purpose, and an understanding of sustainability as inherent parts of high quality service-learning experiences.

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. 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.

Institute Tuition and Professional Certificates

subscribeEarly 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. Discounted lodging is available with our longtime local partners at Smart Suites. Call 802-860-9900 to reserve your room(s).

CWI provides Service-Learning Certificates for 45 hours of professional development upon successful completion of Institute work.

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We Also Provide Local Professional Development and Support 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 is available on CWI professional development opportunities is available here. email us


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