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Community Works Institute Offers Summer Workshops for Educators

Wednesday, September 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Shannon K. Larson
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Community Works Institute (CWI) is offering three institutes this year for K-16 educators on the theme of Place, Service-Learning, and Sustainable Communities. Thanks to a private donor, a one-time 40% off special registration rate is now available through Friday, September 25th.

Summer EAST Institute in Burlington, Vermont
June 20-24, 2016

Summer BARCELONA Institute in Barcelona, Spain
July 11-15, 2016

Summer WEST Institute in Los Angeles, California
August 1-5, 2016

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 it's 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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