Model UN

Resources For Teachers

How To Teach Model UN

Model UN doesn’t begin or end with the gavel at the actual conference – for many students and teams, it is a year-round activity that involves a significant preparation component and encompasses lessons in diplomacy, geopolitics, and international relations.

Teachers are at the heart of it all. In addition to providing on-site coaching and guidance during the conference, teachers provide the environment and knowledge students need to make the most of their conference experience.

But finding the right resources to build a curriculum for your students can be challenging. It’s also tough to discern the right blend of material – how much classroom time should be spent teaching UN structure versus debating skills and topic-specific knowledge? How can you make the most of limited meeting time? Are awards more or less important than sponsoring a resolution?

Thankfully, the Model UN community is comprised of teachers with a wealth of experience who have chipped in with guidance and resources for both new and returning instructors. We’ve compiled several of the most effective Model UN resources for teachers below.

Resources and Curriculum


How To Teach Model UN

From a quick introduction to the aspects of current events that are important in a model United Nations. Includes a quick outline for running a simulation involving conflict in the Middle East.

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Teaching Research for Model UN

From a guide on how teachers can set up productive research sessions for their students. Includes a list of starter resources for students to use, plus a list of foundational research questions and a helpful example walk-thru.

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United Nations Curriculum

A full curriculum provided by the United Nations Association (UNA) that covers the UN itself: its background, structure, mission goals, and more. The final lesson in the curriculum includes a simulation of the Security Council.

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Rules of Procedure

Though each conference varies somewhat in the details, most Model UN conferences adhere to a similar set of rules for debate. It’s important for teachers to become familiar with these rules so they can train students effectively and give them the confidence to use them to their advantage in committee. Access IDIA’s standardized rules of procedure here.

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Workable MUN's Modules

Workable Model UN has a wealth of resources for teachers and advisors. By registering (for free), teachers can download lesson modules covering topics like classroom curriculum, group activities, and professional development.

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The US arm of the United Nations Association has a dedicated site for Model UN resources, including the MyDiplomat app. There is a wealth of information available for both students and teachers.

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How To Register for an IDIA Conference

The Institute for Domestic and International Affairs (IDIA) is a non-profit organization founded at Rutgers University that hosts some of the country’s most renowned Model UN and Model Congress conferences. Currently, IDIA hosts several four-day conferences as well as several one-day conferences coordinated with partner high schools in the northeast.

IDIA welcomes students from all over the country and the globe to its programs. Teachers can register their students to attend and IDIA conference using our online registration system. To do so, you will need:

  • A free advisor account at
  • An estimated number of students who will be attending your conference of choice (final student information will be completed prior to finalizing your registration)
  • Payment of the conference pre-registration fee, which secures your place at the conference

Important Dates

Advisors should be aware of some important dates for each conference. Please contact IDIA if you have any questions or need assistance during the registration process.

Deadline Date
Registration Opens Appx. 8 – 10 mo.’s before conference
Final Registration 1 60 days before conference
Final Registration 2 30 days before conference