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

Helping Students Counter Anti-Muslim Bias
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Jan. 2, 2017


To the Teacher:

In schools across the United States, Muslim students and immigrant students, among others, have been forced to deal with the effects of the hateful rhetoric and fear- mongering aimed at them during and after the 2016 presidential campaign.

... Read more

In the Circle: Every Group is Different
Blog post
Posted on: Dec. 23, 2016

When I was in Ohio a few weeks back, I visited four different middle schools that recently started implementing circles. I had been asked to do some modeling, so that teachers and counselors who were expected to run circles with their students could get a sense of what a well facilitated... Read more

In the Circle: Shared Grief is Half the Grief
Blog post
Posted on: Dec. 19, 2016

A few weeks ago in Ohio, several of the teachers I was coaching raised a concern I’ve heard before. It’s about handling student emotions in a circle. “Was it safe to raise emotional issues in a circle?” these teachers asked “After all, they weren’t therapists.”

I’m not trained as a... Read more

Exploring Solidarity, Post-Election
Teachable Moment Lesson
Posted on: Dec. 5, 2016

Opening Ceremony

Begin the lesson with this mindfulness activity.

  • Get comfortable in your seat.
  • Sit up straight.
  • Put both feet down, soles connecting to the floor.
  • Rest your hands in your lap.
  • If comfortable for you, close... Read more

How can we get students to share in circle?
Blog post
Posted on: Nov. 6, 2016


"We've been doing circles at my school as a study skills course since the start of the year. It's been challenging when students pass, pass, and pass again. This passing seems to get contagious at times. Do you... Read more