A partnership with the Arar Academy School in Irbid, Jordan, that began last summer will continue when three staff members from Moraine Valley Community College’s Learning Enrichment and College Readiness Department return to the Middle East country June 28 to July 13.

Moraine Valley assisted the school last July by providing teacher training in English language development and special needs as the school became more accessible to special-needs populations. This year, the college will help the school develop and implement a summer English camp for local children as well as a Girls Empowerment Workshop for 30 young women in the area.

Arar Academy School focuses on an engaging, student-centered philosophy and is unique because it accepts special-needs children, a rare practice in the region. As a result of the partnership with Moraine Valley, the school is becoming a regional professional development resource where local teachers and community members can explore concepts in teaching and learning.

The Moraine Valley team members traveling to Jordan are Michael Morsches, dean, who ran the English camp last year; Jeff Carpenter, educational specialist; and Carmela Ochoa, coordinator of High School Equivalency.