Over the 4-week program, participants will engage in language classes, lecture and workshops, educational site visits, cultural excursions, homestays, roundtable discussions with Moroccan educators, online blogging and ethnographic investigation.
Participants in this program are expected to develop the framework of a curriculum unit as well as two fully developed lesson plans, grounded in the theoretical framework of inquiry-based learning. Products must be aligned with the Common Core Standards for English Language Art and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and technology.
These lessons should:
- Integrate 21st century skills by providing students with interactive learning experiences that challenge them to: think critically, solve real world problems, use technology effectively and convey an understanding of their global community.
- Follow the developmental progression that allows students to master skills and acquire content related to themselves and their immediate environment and then make connections to broader contexts.
- Be culturally responsive: recognize that cultures play a significant role in learning, promote students’ rich cultural experiences, make connections between students’ home and school lives and employ a variety of teaching and assessment tools.
- Be connected with the ten themes promoted by the National Curriculum for Social Studies: Time, Continuity and Change; People, Places, and Environments; Individual Development an Identity; Individuals, Groups and Institutions; Power and Authority and Governance; Production, Distribution and Consumption; Science, Technology and Society; Global Connections, Civic Ideals and Practices.