Category Archives: Urban Education

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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Moving Beyond the Classroom Walls in Los Angeles

By PAULA COHEN Paula Cohen is a 6th grade Social Studies and Language Arts teacher at Orville Wright School in Los Angeles Unified School District. She uses service-learning to create meaningful and relevant experiences for young people and is passionate … 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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LA RiverLore Does Community Ethnography in MacArthur Park

LA RiverLore comes alive. We worked with Paul Lowe and his 4th-grade students at MacArthur Park Elementary, using “Community Ethnography”. Students explored their neighborhood, interviewing local residents, business owners, and recording the process with digital cameras.

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Writing as Alchemy: Turning Objects into Stories, Stories into Objects

By ROSSINA ZAMORA LIU and BONNIE STONE SUNSTEIN I. Lawn Chair as Trope When Long moves into his next home, he will take only the things that matter most: his television, a Sony analog box that he and his wife … Continue reading

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Between Two Worlds: A Collaborative Curriculum Addressing Immigration through Folk Art, Media Literacy, and Digital Storytelling

By LAURA MARCUS GREEN with KATY GROSS and TARA TRUDELL Gallery of Conscience, Museum of International Folk Art exhibition Between Two Worlds: Folk Artists Reflect on the Immigrant Experience, 2014. Photo by Blair Clark. Courtesy of the Museum of International … 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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