Cultural Explorations in Morocco
Based in the cities of Rabat and Fes, participants will spend seven days experiencing the culture and languages of Morocco first-hand. Through meetings with representatives from a variety of education institutions, formal and informal, and site visits to the Ministry of Education, and Moroccan schools (when their calendar permits), participants will gain a greater understanding of Arab culture as experienced in Morocco.
It is a country whose citizens must acquire facility in more than one language to be able to participate fully in civic life. Among the languages spoken are Amazigh (Berber), Moroccan Arabic, Standard Arabic, Spanish, and French. These linguistic competencies reflect Morocco's indigenous past, its prominence as a crossroads of Arab civilization over many centuries, and its recent legacy as a European colony. A major topic of discussion and reflection will be how Morocco's educational system fosters national unity and pride while encouraging the multilingual competency of its citizens. Finally, participants will explore the role language plays in forming and maintaining cultural identity in both Morocco and America.
Course Name: Cultural Explorations in Morocco: Implications for Educators in Multicultural Settings (Grades K - 6)
Course Number: TEED651N
Course Dates (Tentative): Spring Break, 2015
Instructor: Joan Brodsky Schur, MAT, is the author of Eyewitness to the Past: Strategies for Teaching American History in Grades 5-12 (Stenhouse Publishers, 2007) and Immigrants in America – The Arab Americans (Lucent Books, 2004). She is a board member of the Middle East Outreach Council and has served as a member of the Advisory Group for PBS TeacherSource. Her lesson plans appear on the Websites of PBS, the National Archives, and The IslamProject.Org. Ms. Schur earned both her Masters in Arts in Teaching and a BA in English from NYU. Learn more about Ms. Schur’s work as a teacher and curriculum developer at www.joanbrodskyschur.com.
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Applications for the 2015 program will be available in the Fall 0f 2014. Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and decisions are based on the applicant’s suitability for the course and availability. Applications received after the course reaches maximum capacity of 15, will be placed on a waiting list.
Course Fees 2013 (2015 fees pending):
- Hotel (double occupancy), most meals, local transportation, and guest speakers: $2,700
single rooms are avaialable for an additional fee
- Airfare and basic travel insurance: $1,100
No Credit or 8 CEU $875
1 Credit** $1,295
2 Credits** $2,590
*Tuition is waived for those who have earned Cooperating Teacher Vouchers, Staff Vouchers, and other tuition waiver programs.
**Participants registered for credit will complete an assignment by June 2 for 1 credit and by June 23 for an optional second credit.