BENEFITING: Community Works Institute
THE TIME IS CLEARLY NOW
Your Generosity Will Help Us Build Community Through Education
Service-learning, and sustainability offer a path to much deeper student engagement, college and life readiness, and meaningful service to communities. But most importantly, service-learning is how CWI develops young leaders—leaders with the character and empathy to bring society together around a common sense of purpose.
“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
We know that the key to a better future lies in offering education and experience that is directly connected to community—education with larger purpose. This has certainly never been more important than right now. We need to bring people and communities together and we do that by supporting compelling student-driven efforts that make a real and visible difference—the kind of efforts that build understanding and community in the process.
Your donation to Community Works Institute (CWI), whether smaller or larger, will support the one-of-a-kind work we do with schools and educators. We support educators, quite literally, around the world. We support teachers in making deep connections to their local and global communities. For many educators we meet the will is there bu the way and means is unclear. We train and support educators in developing formal learning experiences that tie student learning to direct opportunities to use knowledge and skills in service to community. testimonials
The kind of education that our young people need right now is much deeper than what has traditionally passed for a school experience. Today more than ever, we need our students to be able to thoughtfully question, investigate, and have an opportunity to make a difference through positive social action. We know from our work with schools and community organizations that students who have the opportunity to participate in service and sustainability activities with compelling community purpose are immediately empowered as citizens and changemakers. And the best part of this process often is that students have the ability to bring out the very best in adults and the larger community.
Please join us in helping to make CWI's unique opportunities and resources available to K-16 and community-based educators. They rely on CWI to support their work through professional development, resource sharing, and networking opportunities. In this era of standardized and often sterilized education, our teachers have a very different story to tell. They teach for larger purpose. They teach for community.
CWI's Support Programs Include:
- Annual week-long Summer Institutes in Vermont and Los Angeles
- Community Works Journal Digital Magazine for Educators
- Site-based support: trainings; In-services, and retreats for schools.
- Documentation and sharing of exemplars, strategies, and resources
"For me, personally, CWI was both an inspiration and a reassurance in regards to my instinct to use 'real world' stuff for education. CWI helped me to focus and refine my concepts of what that really means, and more importantly, what that can/should look like in a classroom." —Matthew French, Teacher, LAUSD
ABOUT COMMUNITY WORKS JOURNAL
The stories we share involve teachers and students around the world making a great difference in their communities through academically based service projects. We inspire—with clear and moving examples—what education really can look like when it takes the classroom to the community.
Since 1995, CWI has published Community Works Journal to promote K-16 teaching practices that deepen learning and skills by investing our young people with purpose, in their local community and the world—learning by doing. We focus on making place, service, and sustainability a core part of school and community programs. The Journal features teacher and student-written articles, essays, and reflections—along with curriculum overviews that highlight the importance of place, service, and sustainability in a relevant and meaningful education. Learning by example applies as much to educators as it does to our students and this is what we hear consistently from our readers.