Joe Brooks
Nov 14, 2016 · 4 min read

Inspiring by Example
Community Works Journal
has been published by Community Works Institute (CWI) since 1995, in support of teaching practices that build community. The Journal features educator written essays and reflections, along with program and curriculum overviews that highlight the importance and use of place, service, and sustainability to a relevant and meaningful education.

Our overarching purpose is to stimulate and support innovation —indeed, an entirely different way of looking at education — one that is rooted in empowering students as members of a community with shared purpose.

Service-learning has proven to be a very powerful vehicle for this, encouraging student empowerment, stimulating real social change, bringing social justice issues forward, and most of all helping schools look at education through a new and community focused lens. We thank our subscribers supporters, partners, and individual donors for their generous support for this publication.

“Community Works Journal is a resource that truly speaks to teachers with excellent, provocative ideas.”
Steve Seidel, Ed.D, Chair, Arts in Education
Project Zero Director, Harvard Graduate School of Educatio

Building a Community of Educators
Community Works Institute (CWI) is an educational non profit that serves as a beacon, drawing together and galvanizing individual educators, institutions, and community members from around the world.

Our focus is on curriculum that has place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, and sustainability as the goal. CWI provides collegial collaboration, publications for educators, professional development, and innovative tools and resources. We believe that building a long term community of connected like minded educators offers the best opportunity for encouraging and sustaining change and innovation. Learn more about our professional development opportunities.

“In seminars for education and environment funders on community and place based education, I have highlighted Community Works Journal as one of the best articulations of the work in this new field. The synthesis of arts, environment, literature and cultural heritage work in the Journal reaches out to all segments of rural and urban communities.”
David Sobel, Director of Teacher Certification
Antioch New England Graduate School

Community based learning at AUC in Cairo

Inspiring By Example
Since 1995 Community Works Journal has consistently featured stories, models and resources intended to inspire by example. We showcase innovative educational strategies, practices and curriculum that involve educators and students in meaningful work within their communities. We stand for a shared belief in education that is centered on community with students as active learners in service to their community.

Educators as Agents of Change

Community Works Institute seeks to mobilize participating educators, students, and community members through events, publications, and our web presence. We are working to bring together educators with a shared interest, focus, beliefs and methods.

“…wonderful! I found it delicious to find so many spirited educators who have a wide and deep understanding of the possibility of what education can be.”
Hope Hawkins, Project Manager
Future of Life, Wilmington, Delaware

Share Your Story
Contact us if you are involved in an educational project like the ones you read about in Community Works Journal. Our readers will greatly value your story, experience and curriculum ideas. We will help you put your story together. See our Submission Guidelines for general information on content and length. Contact us at or 909.480.3966 with any questions you may have.

“It is absolutely the best magazine on Sustainability and Service-Learning I have seen. I have learned so much….”
Peter DiMaio, Spanish Instructor
Octorara Area Middle School, Atglen, PA

Publication and Distribution
Community Works Journal is widely distributed to individual teachers and educational networks across North America and beyond. include K-16 and non-formal educators, along with students, administrators, program personnel, policy makers and most importantly of course, community members.

Publication of Community Works Journal is made possible, in part, through a grants but relies mainly generous donations by individuals.

Recent issues are available online, go to Journal Archives.

Subscribe online and receive notification of future issues. You may also subscribe by emailing us at: l or call (909) 480–3966

Community Works Journal, PO Box 6968 Los Angeles, CA 90022 909.480.3966 l fax: 213.402.5220

Community Works Journal: Digital Magazine for Educators

place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, sustainable communities as the goal

Joe Brooks

Written by

Founder of Community Works Institute (CWI), leader, and advocate for a community focused approach to education.

Community Works Journal: Digital Magazine for Educators

place as the context, service-learning as the strategy, sustainable communities as the goal

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