The implementation of No Child Left Behind has made teaching more complicated. Whereas teachers were once able to be creative in the classroom and to focus on areas that they felt were important, the limitations put into place by the new testing requirements limits your ability to use the classroom as a tool for comprehensive education.
IDIA recognizes the challenges that you face, and has developed a suite of programming that directly addresses these concerns. Our programming covers a host of traditional educational topics, ranging from international relations to Congressional politics. At the same time, we put considerable effort into ensuring that participating students also learn life skills that will prove valuable to them as they begin their careers. While participating in our Model United Nations or Model Congress programs, students learn how to undertake complicated research projects and to begin drawing conclusions from their own efforts. They will learn techniques of public speaking, ways of persuading their peers, and strategies for debate. All the while, they will be immersed in situations that call for conflict resolution, negotiation, and compromise.
The compelling part about IDIA programs is how closely they complement your efforts in the classroom. While you need to complete a specific curriculum by the end of the school year, our Model Congress and Model United Nations programs closely complements your efforts in the classroom. If you are discussing American history, the Rutgers Model Congress program will teach your students about the workings of the United States Congress, and during their preparation for the conference, they will learn a considerable amount about how the nation developed. Teachers of European and World History will find our Philadelphia and Rutgers Model United Nations programs to be specifically rewarding, as these programs address such important issues as post-colonialism, international development, and human rights. Moreover, historic committees at all of our conferences challenge students to take steps into the past and to relive important times in American and world history - but they will be called upon to make their own decisions and to anticipate the consequences.
IDIA also recognizes that sometimes educators need new ideas for how to teach complicated subjects. The IDIA Professional Development Program provides participants with innovative ideas on how to teach students about such issues as national sovereignty, the decline of the state system, and even more complex issues such as the conflicts in Rwanda and the Balkans.
Regardless your needs in the classroom, IDIA is committed to providing you, the educator, with the tools and skills necessary to truly teach your students. While our Model Congress and Model United Nations conferences have been our staple programs for years, we continue to develop and implement new and innovative initiatives, such as the Capital Forum on America's Future, the World Youth Leadership and Activism Conference, and the Affiliated Conferences Program.