Category Archives: Higher Education

Children of Shangri-Lost

By MAUREEN K. PORTER and SUSAN A. DAWKINS We are a group of youth in Pittsburgh who want to show the world that despite being displaced and sometimes forgotten, we have not forgotten who we are and what we have … Continue reading

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An Intercultural Student Project as a Path for Advocating for Immigrants

By REBECCA KENNERLY, TYSON DAVIS, and LYNDELL DAVIS Chatterton (2008) advocates a collaborative process that: 1) gives voice to the dreams and desires of real people struggling for justice and equality; 2) provokes productive discussion by bringing our community work … Continue reading

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The Art of Making Cider: Sometimes the Learning Stays Home

by DAVID SOBEL Ode to Autumn David Sobel is a regular essayist and contributing editor of Community Works Journal and is a Senior Faculty in the Education Department at Antioch University New England. He also coordinates Antioch’s new Nature-based Early … Continue reading

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Latino Teens Draw National Praise for Community Journalism in LA’s Boyle Heights

by RAUL REYES This article was originally published by NBC Latino Boyle Heights Beat reporters Samantha Olmos and Jennifer Lopez speak to a participant at a neighborhood walk informing residents of effects of contamination by Exide Technologies. Ernesto Orozco — … Continue reading

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Finding the Teachers We Must Become

We work to transform the learning experience for students, and for ourselves as educators. We seek to connect learning to ourselves, society, and our future. We know that Democracy depends on education and experience. “The teacher is, of course, an … Continue reading

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A Unique Opportunity for Los Angles Area Educators

LA RiverLore is a highly innovative service-learning focused project for K-16 and community based educators. We’re connecting communities, students, and educators along the Los Angeles River. LA RiverLore is providing teachers in local schools the training, inspiration, collaboration, and connections … Continue reading

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Celebrating our CommonLore Educators!

Celebrating our inaugural Cohort of K-16 and community-based educators! This summer marked our first gathering of Los Angeles area educators who spent a remarkable week together at CWI’s Summer WEST Institute, focused on developing community focused learning experiences, with the … Continue reading

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Building Community, One Student at a Time

Celebrating Our 22nd Year of Transformative Professional Development BY JOE BROOKS, Founder, Community Works Institute Each summer I have the pleasure to guide two of the longest running service-learning driven professional development events in the world, CWI’s Summer WEST, held … Continue reading

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Support LA RiverLore!

Support LA RiverLore! Be part of a once in a lifetime opportunity to help Los Angeles area students and their teachers build a shared sense of place, purpose, and community through inquiry, discovery, and social action. With your generous support … Continue reading

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CommonLore! a Professional Development Project in Real Time

 CommonLore! Students and Teachers Digging Deep Into the Community CommonLore is an exciting place based service-learning PD program, connecting communities through student ethnography projects. We are currently piloting CommonLore in Los Angeles, along with other urban and rural locations around … Continue reading

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