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FAQ: For Educators


What is Global Classrooms DC? What is Model UN?

Who can enroll in GCDC?
How can I enroll in the GCDC Community?
What if I'm new to Model UN?
What if my school is a Title I or FARM school?
Can I just attend GCDC Model UN Conferences?
What are the topics for this school year?
How can I sign up for the GCDC mailing list?
How can I request a free sample of the GCDC Curriculum?


What is Global Classrooms DC? What is Model UN?

Global Classrooms® DC (GCDC) is the flagship education program of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). GCDC is a Model UN program that introduces students grades 5-12 to the work of the United Nations and international issues. Through original global education curriculum, Model UN mini-simulations, and annual Model UN Conference opportunities, GCDC helps to equip globally aware citizens by strengthening key skills including public speaking, negotiation, research, analysis and writing.

Model United Nations (Model UN or MUN) is an activity where students simulate the conversations and topics that are discussed in the United Nations. Students role-play a particular country in the UN, learning their country’s stance on issues, history, culture, and other relevant information. Through in-class simulations and Model UN conferences, students prepare and present speeches to other delegates, negotiate and resolve policy issues with other countries, and prepare draft resolutions (solutions) to encourage international peace, security, and cooperation.

Model UN can help prepare students to be young leaders at home and abroad by introducing them to global issues including those concerning peace and security, the environment, human rights and more. It allows them to critically think about these issues and discuss them with their peers, while also teaching and strengthening important skills including researching, writing, public speaking, and negotiation. Hear directly from our students on why Model UN is important.

View key highlights from the 2020-2021 School Year.




Who can enroll in GCDC?

GCDC serves students grades 5-12 in all public, public charter, private, and international schools, homeschool co-ops, and student leadership organizations in the US and internationally. The program is also open to individual students.

Title I and FARM schools are eligible for discounted pricing through the Support-A-Delegate program. Contact gcdc@unanca.org for a price quote.

Ready to enroll? Learn more here.


How can I enroll in the GCDC Community?

The GCDC Community is a year-round program for global education which includes an original global education curriculum complete with activities and Model UN simulations to discuss and learn about the UN and International Affairs. These materials are designed to be flexible to the needs of your community, to be implemented in the classroom, after-school, virtually, at-home, or through leadership programs.

Enrollment in the GCDC Community provides access to curriculum, Model UN training manuals, and webinars. As part of the GCDC Community, you will receive invitations to exclusive events, including the Fall Model UN Training Conference and Professional Development workshops, as well as access to speakers from UN agencies, the government, UNA-NCA leadership, and private and non-profit sectors in the DMV. You do not have to attend GCDC Model UN Conferences to be a part of the GCDC Community, but can receive special pricing and priority registration if you do!

Ready to enroll? Learn more here.



What if I'm new to Model UN?


What if my school is a Title I or FARM school?

Title I and FARM schools are eligible for discounted pricing through the Support-A-Delegate program. Contact gcdc@unanca.org for a price quote.


Can I just attend GCDC Model UN conferences? 

GCDC offers two annual conference opportunities: the Fall Model UN Training Conference and the Spring Model UN Conference.

The Fall Model UN Training Conference is an exclusive conference for schools registered for the GCDC Community, taking place at the Pan American Health Organization. The conference is designed to teach newcomers about Model UN policies and procedures. Click here to learn more about joining the GCDC Community.

The GCDC Spring Model UN Conference is available to the general public. The conference serves as the culminating event for the GCDC program and takes place at the U.S. Department of State. Keynote speakers at this event have included former U.S. Secretaries of State such as Condelezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Rex Tillerson.


What are the topics for this school year?

For a summary of the topics in the 2020-2021 GCDC Community curriculum, click here.
See the image below for Fall Training and Spring Model UN Conference topics.
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How can I sign up for the GCDC mailing list?

Click here to sign up for the GCDC mailing list  for updates on programming, conference registration reminders, and save the dates!


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Can I request a free sample of GCDC Community Curriculum?

Yes! Email gcdc@unanca.org to request a free sample of the GCDC Curriculum, including an Educator’s Guide, Student Workbook, and mini Model UN simulation.



Can I refer an educator, school, or group to GCDC?

Yes! If you know an educator, school, or group that may be interested in getting started in Model UN, incorporating global education curriculum in their classroom or program, or wants to attend the GCDC Spring Model UN Conference let us know!

Have them send an email to gcdc@unanca.org and make sure they mention your name and group affiliation. If they enroll in any aspect of GCDC programing you can have your faculty fee waived for the Spring Model UN Conference.



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Can I attend GCDC Model UN conferences? 

GCDC offers two annual conference opportunities: the Fall Model UN Training Conference and the Spring Model UN Conference.

The Fall Model UN Training Conference is an exclusive conference for schools registered for the GCDC Community, taking place at the Pan American Health Organization. The conference is designed to teach newcomers about Model UN policies and procedures. Click here to learn more about joining the GCDC Community.

The GCDC Spring Model UN Conference is available to the general public. The conference serves as the culminating event for the GCDC program and takes place at the U.S. Department of State. Keynote speakers at this event have included former U.S. Secretaries of State such as Condelezza Rice, Hillary Clinton, and Rex Tillerson.