Congratulations Ms. Ganley

Our very own 6th. grade teacher and WEB leader, Judith Ganley  was selected for a Fulbright-Hayes summer program coordinated by the Center of Middle East Studies (CMES) at UC Berkeley to study the intersection of Islam and Judaism in Morocco. During the month-long program, teachers from the Bay Area delved into the ethnic, cultural, political, economic, and religious complexity of Morocco through the study of Darija (the local Arabic dialect), as well as classes on the history of the kingdom of Morocco and efforts to strengthen its emerging democratic institutions. Baumgartner and Ganley lived and studied in Marrakech’s 11th century walled city, Medina, and visited pilgrimage and shrine sites and mosques in Amazigh (Berber) villages in the High Atlas. The two teachers also collaborated with Moroccan secondary school teachers to create lesson plans on history, language acquisition (Arabic and English), culture, and identity. This fall the group will be creating in-depth lesson plans to share with secondary school teachers across the country.