UNA-USA Teams Up with the Ron Clark Academy to Host Simulation of the United Nations

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Hundreds of middle school students gather in Atlanta for Global Classrooms Model UN Conference

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RCA takes pride in exposing our students to cultural, political, and socioeconomic topics in both historical and modern day contexts.

Hundreds of Atlanta area middle school students are attending the United Nations Association of the USA’s Global Classrooms® Ron Clark Academy Model UN Conference today at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center. In Model UN, students role-play as representatives from countries, interest groups, and nongovernmental organizations in simulations of UN bodies. Global Classrooms Model UN has amazed schools around the globe with its ability to cultivate global literacy, life skills, and attitudes necessary for active citizenship, showing that students deeply care about the world outside their local community.

"RCA takes pride in exposing our students to cultural, political, and socioeconomic topics in both historical and modern day contexts,” said Ron Clark, founder and head of the Ron Clark Academy. “Global Classrooms offers a well-established and thorough program that schools can easily utilize in their classrooms to compliment standards across curriculum. RCA is appreciative of Global Classrooms' assistance and support and is excited to continue working with them in the future."

Students from more than a dozen southeastern schools will discuss issues that impact the international community, such as the human rights of refugees, maternal health, and freshwater resources.

“Students’ participation in Model UN today will open doors to their futures and help them forge relationships that can last a lifetime,” said UNA-USA Executive Director Patrick Madden. “Together with the Ron Clark Academy, UNA-USA’s Global Classrooms are getting these young students interested in becoming global citizens at an important time in their academic lives.”

More information on the Ron Clark Academy Conference can be found at http://www.unausa.org/gcatlanta and http://rcacademy.typepad.com/rcamun/.

Watch the Global Classrooms Model UN Documentary “Decorum” at http://www.unausa.org/decorum.

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ABOUT UNA-USA
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and the UN Foundation create the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit http://www.unausa.org.

ABOUT GLOBAL CLASSROOMS
Global Classrooms is UNA-USA’s innovative educational program that engages middle school and high school students in an exploration of current world issues through interactive simulations and curricular materials. In 1999, Global Classrooms was created to bridge the gap in the Model UN community between experienced programs and traditionally underserved schools worldwide. The program cultivates global literacy, life skills and attitudes necessary for active citizenship by: engaging students in the exploration of international issues and institutions; supporting educators with professional development and innovative learning resources; and enriching communities by nurturing respect for diverse perspectives. For more information on Global Classrooms, visit http://www.unausa.org/globalclassrooms/.

ABOUT RON CLARK ACADEMY
The Ron Clark Academy is a SACS/CASI accredited, highly acclaimed, nonprofit middle school in Southeast Atlanta that promotes innovation and engages its students through energetic teaching balanced by a strict code of discipline. The school has received both national and international recognition for success in educating students and promoting academic rigor, passion, creativity, and increased student engagement in the classroom. Each year, thousands of educators participate in RCA’s educator training programs to learn how to replicate the school's style, philosophy and success in their own schools. To date, over 10,000 educators from around the world have participated in RCA's staff development programs. For more information, visit http://www.ronclarkacademy.com.

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