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), and is part of a worldwide initiative of UNA-USA. GCDC works with a diverse group of students grades 5-12, including some of DC's most underserved communities, to improve their public speaking, teach conflict management skills, and expand their understanding of global issues while making local connections. Our successful approach to global education includes mentoring, professional development, curriculum, and events.
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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For information on fees and program details, please visit our GCDC Levels of Participation and 2015-2016 Program Fees page
Click here to register with GCDC Year-Round Programming for 2016 - 2017.
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, Director of Global Education for UNA NCA
Save the Date! May 2, 2017 is Global Classrooms DC 14th Annual Spring Model UN Conference!
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.
2016 - 2017 Global Classrooms DC Topics and Committees:
- UN Security Council: Preventing Violent Extremism
- 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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