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Marieke van Woerkom

Senior trainer, coach, and curriculum writer for Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility

Marieke van Woerkom is a senior trainer, coach, and curriculum writer for Morningside Center for Teaching Social Responsibility. She spearheads Morningside Center’s restorative practices work, and has introduced restorative circles and discipline into dozens of New York City schools, as well as schools in Ohio, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Washington, DC. She coauthored Morningside Center’s restorative circles curriculum, Building Belonging, and has written scores of classroom lessons for the organization’s TeachableMoment website. Marieke is the author two blogs about restorative circles for Morningside Center as well: “In the Circle” and “Ask the Keeper.”
Marieke has worked in the fields of education, restorative practices, cultural exchange, interfaith dialogue, conflict transformation, violence prevention, and human rights for over 20 years. She holds a double master’s in cultural anthropology and international relations from the University of Amsterdam, with a specialization in group identity and intergroup relations.


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