The United Nations Association of Minnesota is proud of our Model UN curriculum, which helps students prepare for becoming delegates at our Model UN conferences. We produce a new edition of the curriculum every year through the efforts of UNA-MN staff and interns. Suggestions for improvement are always welcome.
Curriculum Requests We are happy to provide our curriculum to advance the goals of our program. Minnesota teachers who request a copy of the curriculum will receive a complimentary flash drive containing all curriculum materials. All other individuals are required to pay a fee of $25 in order to receive the flash drive. Payment must be received prior to the materials being mailed out.
Our Curriculum is Copyrighted Sharing the curriculum with other interested teachers is permitted. However, no individual may share the curriculum with any organizations or other entities without the express approval of the United Nations Association of Minnesota. In addition, under no circumstances is any entity allowed to sell the curriculum other than the United Nations Association of Minnesota. In order to protect the copyright of the curriculum, PDF is the only allowable electronic format.
II. Model UN Training Sessions and Speakers
The United Nations Association of Minnesota prepares a small group of staff and intern trainers to provide classroom support. Model UN Trainers help students and teachers learn the Global Classrooms curriculum and procedures of our Model UN conferences. They are eager to help students and teachers understand the curriculum in order to achieve successful learning experiences at the conferences.
Training Opportunities for 6+ students Model UN trainer visits are available for teachers and students who will be participating in a UNA-MN Model UN Conference. Our program will provide Model UN trainers to six students or more in classes, school groups, and clubs. In addition, homeschoolers and individual students wishing to participate in a UNA-MN Model UN Conference may be able to schedule a Model UN trainer if they are able to form a group of six or more students for a training session. All training options depend on the availability of trainers which will be determined by program staff.
Number and Scheduling of Training Sessions The UNA-MN Model UN Program will provide a maximum of four training sessions for each group of students. Teachers who feel they and their students would benefit from more training sessions should contact staff; these requests will be examined on a case-by-case basis. All training sessions must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. However, schools and teachers new to the UNA-MN Model UN curriculum and conference will be given priority for our Model UN trainers. We appreciate our growing numbers of veteran teachers and rely on them to help our endeavor by sharing their experience and knowledge with colleagues.
Location of Training Sites Model UN staff and interns will travel up to 10 miles (approximately) from the UNA-MN office in order to train students for Model UN Conferences. Training sessions via Skype or other web services may be possible for teachers and students who are attending a UNA-MN Model UN Conference. Our staff and interns will work with the school to see if this is feasible.
Requesting Speakers through the UNA-MN Speakers Bureau In addition to the Model UN Trainers, the United Nations Association of Minnesota can recommend speakers on many international subjects to deepen students’ understanding of Model UN Program topics. UNA-MN has partnered for several years with the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program to bring high-level international professionals to the schools. Please see the “Request a Speaker” page for more information.
III. Professional Development Sessions
Every year, UNA-MN Model UN staff sponsors free sessions to introduce schools and teachers to the United Nations Association of Minnesota and our Model UN program. There is normally one fall and one spring professional development session. These feature speakers on the new annual topic of the Model UN curriculum as well as practical matters of pedagogy and reflections from veteran teachers.
IV. Model UN Conferences
Model UN Conferences allow students to actively practice the research and skills they have been building through curricular and training sessions. This is the summative experience for the Model UN project of educating for global citizenship.
Participation and Fees The United Nations Association of Minnesota receives grants for the Model UN Program effort, so all quoted fees are a fraction of the actual conference costs. Updated fees will be posted annually. Please check back for more details.
Final delegate count and invoices Participant organizations (schools, homeschools or individuals) must email the Model UN Program Coordinator with a final number of student delegates and teachers at least two days before the conference date. A confirmation and invoice will then be emailed back to the participating school or individual, in the case of a homeschooled student or individual delegate. The amount charged on the invoice will remain the same regardless of the number of students who actually attend on the day of the conference. This is to allow the Model UN Program the ability to plan beforehand for food and other considerations such as room bookings. The collaborating colleges and universities require our program to commit to participant numbers for food, etc. and we are billed accordingly.
Lunch Costs Lunch plans for conferences vary depending on location, cost, availability, and other considerations. For conferences where lunch is being provided, the cost will be included in the delegate fee for all students. Teachers and Model UN Club advisers will receive lunch for free.
Payment of Conference Fees Schools are expected to collect individual payments from students and present one check to the Model UN Program covering all of their student participants. Payment is due within two months of the conference date, and should be mailed to the UNA-MN office address, mentioned on the invoice. Please speak with Model UN program staff if an extension is necessary.
Volunteer Participation High School or Middle School Students wishing to attend the conference with their school as volunteers, rather than as delegates, may do so by contacting the Model UN Program Coordinator.
Participation outside of MN Students from outside of Minnesota are welcome to participate in UNA-MN Model UN Conferences provided there is enough space to accommodate them. Priority will be given to Minnesota students before out-of-state students. Final decisions regarding participation of out-of-state schools/students will be made no later than one month prior to the date of the conference to allow for time for preparation.
Information collected through evaluations will be anonymous and will be used to gather aggregate data on the program and guide future conferences. Quotes may occasionally be used anonymously in order to advertise the program and/or seek grants for funding. Model UN program staff will make every effort to ensure that participants’ permission is taken before sharing any photographs in which individual students may be discerned. Pictures may be used on the website and in program materials in order to help illustrate the mission and accomplishments of the UNA-MN Model UN Program.