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CWI's Summer WEST Institute
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8/1/2016 to 8/5/2016
When: 8/1/2016
Where: Otis College of Art and Design
Los Angeles, California 
United States

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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.

About the Location
CWI's Summer WEST takes place at Otis College of Art and Design, as part of a public engagement partnership effort between Otis and CWI. Otis College of Art and Design is a highly innovative national leader in art and design education, with particular emphasis on community focused art. Otis College's international recognition includes The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for Otis College's commitment to “Curricular Engagement and Outreach & Partnerships,” which includes offering a state of the art MFA in Public Practice.

Otis College is immediate and adjacent to the city of Los Angeles, a world center of business, communications, the arts, entertainment, and technology. Summer WEST provides an ideal setting for professional development, close to the multitude of arts and cultural destinations along with the many neighborhoods that make Los Angeles truly one of the most dynamic and diverse cities in the world.

Who Should Attend

Each year, CWI’s Summer Institute participants include a highly diverse group of K-16 teachers, community based educators, administrators, and program leaders from across the U.S. and around the world. The Summer Institutes meet each participant where they are and are appropriate for both veterans and beginners. In addition to expert training, the Institute provides a rich environment for collaboration and the synergy of ideas and experience.

Expert Training, Curriculum Planning, and Powerful Collaboration

CWI's Summer WEST, EAST, and BARCELONA Institutes are facilitated by veteran CWI faculty members. Each Summer Institute has its own distinct flavor and guest presenters. Events focus on curriculum design, using field tested service-learning best practices and principles of sustainability, to engage K-16 students in academically based service that contributes to sustainable communities. CWI emphasizes both instructional and site level best practices that will serve classroom, program and administrative educators equally well.

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. For details, go to:

Institute Goals:

  • 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 your practice, personally and professionally.
  • Explore what truly compelling community focused work with students looks and feels like.
  • Become a part of CWI’s network of passionate educators.

Service-Learning, Community Engagement, and Invested Learners

Service-learning represents the most comprehensive strategy for achieving the learning and growth outcomes that educators share. 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 focus is on extending academic learning through meaningful application and community engagement.

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. 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.

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.

Certificates and Relicensure

Professional certificates for 45 hours will be issued upon successful completion of Institute work. Three graduate credits are also available for an additional cost. For more information about this, email

Local Professional Development

CWI will also work with you on local professional development sessions, or a site based version of our national Institutes. Local institutes must be scheduled at least three months in advance and can be customized to suit individual site needs. Email CWI at with questions. 

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