In many ways, Washington D.C. is the quintessential international city, home to millions of foreign-born residents and visitors from around the globe. But the cultural and educational benefits of the city’s international fabric don’t always filter into its public school system. Now local educators are trying to expand social studies curricula. We hear about new efforts to take local classes global, and bring Model United Nations programs to urban schools.


  • Taishya Adams Director, Global Classrooms Washington, DC; United Nations Association of the National Capital Area
  • Jesse Nickelson Director of Social Studies, District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Richard Reitano Professor of Government, Dutchess Community College; Adjunct Professor of Political Science, Vassar College; Coach, joint Vassar-Dutchess student delegation to the National Model United Nations

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