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.
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:
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.
|Appx. 8 – 10 mo.’s before conference
|Final Registration 1
|60 days before conference
|Final Registration 2
|30 days before conference