About Global Classrooms DC
What is GCDC?
Established in 2003, 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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May 2, 2017: 13th Annual Spring Model UN Conference at the U.S. Department of State and the Pan-American Health Organization
Our conference this year is shaping up to be the most ambitious yet! With hundreds of middle and high schoolers from over 30 groups and schools participating, we're looking forward to the most ambitious conference yet. The students will be discussing a wide variety of topics, ranging from human rights of refugees in the UN Human Rights Council to rising sea levels in the UN Environmental Programme, and more. They will also be representing countries from every corner of the globe, and helping to bring together many perspectives and ideas to solve these enormous challenges.
Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of this year's conference:
- Culturfied Foundation
- O’Melveny & Myers LLP
- Morgan Stanley
- Starbucks 21st & P
- Trader Joe’s Washington 25th St
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
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 Model 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.
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