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November 28, 2012

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The MRH Moroccan Experience

In October, MRH teachers Christine Henske and Derek Rowley traveled with MRH Superintendent Karen Hall to Morocco as a part of a Global Citizenship Program sponsored by Maryville University. The graduate course teaches educators how to incorporate cross cultural context activities into their instruction. This program aligns with Superintendent Hall’s vision of providing MRH students with a Global perspective on citizenship. “[This is] a part of our cornerstone and that’s the piece of citizenship, but I wanted to broaden it and look into global citizenship,” explained Hall. “The big vision for this work is to provide our teachers with a partner in another country, and then also have an impact on the curriculum, have more of an international impact. So that would have a direct influence on the students.”

While in Morocco, the three MRH travelers toured schools and met with students, educators, and administrators from around the globe. Both Henske and Rowley taught workshops focusing on hunger and human rights. As a social studies teacher, Henske believes that MRH students can gain from her experiences in Morocco. “Because of the world we live in today where everything is really connected, students [need] to realize that being a citizen today isn’t just about being a citizen in Missouri or St. Louis. It’s about being a citizen in the global world. The problems we face today, we face as a global society.”

Over the last month, Hall, Henske, and Rowley have continued exchanging ideas with their international partners and are excited about sharing these valuable experiences with MRH. In the future, Hall plans to provide students and teachers with more opportunities to advance Global Citizenship.

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.