Marieke van Woerkom

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Marieke has worked in the field of cultural exchange, interfaith dialogue, conflict transformation, violence prevention and human rights for 20 years. She holds a double Masters in Cultural Anthropology and International Relations from the University of Amsterdam, with a specialization in group identity and inter-group relations. 

As program director, facilitator and educator, she has designed, implemented and supervised hundreds of trainings, dialogues and related programs that raise awareness, promote understanding and empower diverse groups of people to make positive change in their own lives and that of their communities. Marieke works across the globe with groups of all ages.

Marieke joined Morningside Center as a staff developer in 2006.  As a trainer and coach, she works in schools across the city to help create more conducive teaching and learning environments.  She is also a regular contributor to TeachableMoment and writes curricula that engage students (pre-K-12) in establishing positive connections and building their social and emotional skills.  
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Recent posts by Marieke

In the Circle: It’s Never Too Late
Blog post
Posted on: Jul. 5, 2017

The other day I was asked about a situation that an advisor and her group of 10th graders had been struggling with all year.
While the advisor was relatively new to the school, the students had been there for years and were familiar with the expectation of weekly circles... Read more

Group reflections to end the school year
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Jun. 12, 2017

The activities below are geared to a restorative circle process, but can easily be adjusted to fit different class and advisory formats. Just take the essence of the circles and adapt it to fit how you work with your students.

For more information about restorative circles, see our... Read more

Looking for Activities to Close the Year?
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Jun. 1, 2017

Now’s a good time to help students take stock of what’s happened in the year, appreciate the community you’ve created together, and look forward to next year.

Here's a roundup of activities we suggest for students of all ages.


... Read more

How do I handle a heavy circle?
Blog post
Posted on: May. 12, 2017


Recently in a circle, we had a very “heavy” sharing.  I was struggling to balance respectfully listening and appreciating participants' sharing and reflections. Then it got even heavier. When the talking piece got back to me, I acknowledged the... Read more

Teenage Transgender Voices
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Mar. 27, 2017


To the Teacher:  

Over the past few years, transgender (trans) people have gained public visibility. We’ve seen more trans characters in movies and on television, sometimes played by trans actors. For example, the role of Sophia Burset on the... Read more