U N S I L
United Nations Schools of International Learning
In the past three years thirteen Milwaukee Public Schools have integrated a new United Nations School of International Learning curriculum from a grant by a Greater Milwaukee Foundation donor for World Peace, World Law and Peace Education. The program incorporates world studies and Model United Nations content at the elementary and middle school levels.
The participating schools – whose students speak 35 different languages, representing many cultures are – Bethune Academy, Burbank School, Garland School, Humboldt Park School, Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language, Parkview School, Story School, Zablocki School, Gilbert Stuart School, Marvin E. Pratt School, U.S. Grant School, Academy of Accelerated Learning and Victory k8 and Milwaukee Italian Immersion School, previously aligned with the program through existing Model UN studies.
Milwaukee Public Schools serve students from very diverse backgrounds including nationality, language and culture; these students are often English Language Learners and/or Refugees. MPS has been proud to lead this new district initiative. The MPS United Nations Schools of International Learning benefits the next generation of our community as they learn about the world and all it has to offer, beginning with learning about the United Nations.
The first year of the program introduced global studies content and research skills in fourth and sixth grades, as well as it launched the UNSIL World Fair event to showcase student research skills and projects. The first UNSIL World Fair event was held on March 20, 2017 and had an attendance of 1,149 people that came to support and learn about the student’s projects. The second UNSIL World Fair event was held in April 2018 where 1,800 attended. This year the UNSIL World Fair will be held at the Panther Arena on April 11, 2019 where 3,000 students and supporters, including members of the United Nations Association of Greater Milwaukee will participate in teaching and learning.
The program is designed so students master critical academic skills such as research, writing and presenting with a focus on world affairs and current events. In addition to learning about other countries, cultures and international relationships, students are gaining experience in debate, negotiation and conflict resolution – competencies that are transferrable to college and career. Looking through the lens of this UN curriculum, students are able to achieve a new and diverse global perspective of things that affect the world in which they live.
K5 Italian Immersion Teacher
United Nations Association (UNA) of Greater Milwaukee