Category Archives: Service-Learning

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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The Stone Wall Project: A Reflection on Hands-On Learning and Immovable Objects

by MARTINA DANCING EDITORS NOTE: The Stone Wall Project at Guilford Central School in Vermont was part of a long term effort to create and demonstrate the effect and power of hands-on place basedservice-learning experiences — for both students and … Continue reading

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A Student’s Conversation with a Ninth Generation Vermont Farmer

By ERIC HEIKKILA An interview by Eric Heikkila, 8th grade student. This was originally published in The Guilford Gazette, a long running student produced community newspaper in rural Vermont. We are republishing it now as an excellent example of an … 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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A Shared Mission for Every Student and Every Teacher

By JONNY RODGERS Jonny is the Director of Service-Learning at Campbell Hall School in Los Angeles and is an alumnus of CWI’s Summer Institute on Service-Learning and Sustainability. Wow. What a week! I’m not sure how to fully reflect on … Continue reading

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Mapping the Neighborhood: Experiential Learning as a Survival Skill

By PAUL LOWE I’ve been teaching in the MacArthur Park/Westlake district of Los Angeles for ten years and have worked with a host of immigrant families. Most of them are from Mexico, and some of them have migrated from other … Continue reading

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Using Art and Service-Learning for Social Change in Los Angeles

By AIDA LUGO Aida is a teaching artist in Los Angeles, and an alumnus of CWI’s Summer WEST Institute, and a member of CommonLore’s teacher cohort. Aida’s goals include encouraging her students to get directly involved, beginning with establishing communication … Continue reading

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Teaching to the Personal through Community Focused Learning

BY JOE BROOKS Sifting through themes that revolve around creating and supporting educational experiences that build community and foster meaningful learning, it’s connecting school work to a larger purpose, to the self, to experience that resonates. As it was “then” … Continue reading

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Why We Should Embrace Personal Stories

by JON MADIAN It seems that maturing the human heart depends on developing our insight into other people’s situations; their challenges, sensitivities and talents. A reasonable hypothesis is that our most fundamental values are motivated by our drive to serve … Continue reading

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