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About Global Classrooms DC


What is GCDC?

Global Classrooms® DC (GCDC) is the flagship education program of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). Through original global education curriculum and Model UN mini-simulations, GCDC helps prepare globally aware citizens, educates students grades 5-12 on international issues and the the work of the United Nations, while strengthening key skills including public speaking, negotation, and writing.

GCDC also organizes professional development workshops and two Model UN Conferences including the Annual Spring Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Washington DC.

Our programming is open to all public, private, and international schools, as well as homeschool co-ops, leadership organizations, and clubs in the US and abroad.

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Any questions, don't hesitate to contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Director of Global Education for UNA NCA

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GCDC Provides:


Model UN Training and Spring Conferences: Students build their self-confidence and communication skills as they debate complex global issues in youth committees.

GCDC teachers receive lesson plans, topic-specific background guides, Model UN mini-simulations, a monthly newsletter, staff support, and more.

In-Class Mod
el UN Sessions: Model UN Mentors from DC consortium universities provide in-class Model UN support.

In-Class Speakers: Professionals in international affairs with topical and regional experience visit classrooms to discuss emerging issues, and give personal context to the topics students are learning.

Professional Development Workshops and Webinars: Participating teachers learn new skills to implement Model UN and actively incorporate global issues into their classes, and how to utilize the GCDC curriculum.

Volunteer Program: More than 100 DC metropolitan area volunteers support GCDC students as they learn about foreign affairs and advocacy.

Field Trips: GCDC students visit embassies, NGOs, and governmental institutions in the DC area, making the city part of the classroom.

2016 - 2017 Global Classrooms DC Topics and Committees:

  • UN Security Council: Situation in Somalia
  • UN Enviromental Programme: Rising Sea Levels
  •  UN Human Rights Council: Human Rights of Refugees
  • African Union: Access to Primary Education 
  • General Assembly Special Summit: Technology for Sustainable City Development 

Last Year's Highlights

Global Classrooms DC 13th Annual Spring Model UN Conference: April 8, 2016 

The 13th Annual Global Classrooms DC (GCDC) Spring Model Un Conference was hosted at the U.S. Department of State, representing the culmination of the students' hard work and debate complex global issues. Students from grade 5 to 12 tackled climate change, nuclear non-proliferation, World Heritage Site conservation, fair trade and sustainable supply chains, and the situation in Syria. Over 800 students, educators, parents, volunteers, staff, and guests attended. Click here for more UNA-NCA coverage of the event. You can also view the Opening Ceremonies online via YouTube

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