MMUN Chicago Conference April 2018

April 4th - 6th, 2018

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Conference Date

Eligibility

Student Preparation

Key Dates

Participant Categories

Conference Fees

Service Conditions

 


This Montessori Model UN Conference is a three-day event in Chicago where students formulate, present, debate, and revise positions on current issues that are affecting people of the world.

Students assume the perspectives of a UN Ambassador for their simulation country, bearing the rights and responsibilities of world leaders. Their imaginations propel them to collaboratively create resolutions to our world’s most pressing problems. MMUN encourages students to know that they can make a difference.

Students represent simulation countries in different UN Committees, (based upon the actual UN Agenda Topics for the year) and have to cooperate in the definition and drafting of resolutions to global problems. Students learn about multi-lateral diplomacy, negotiation skills based upon cooperation (not competition) for complex international policies.

Focused on Students Developing Social Justice

MMUN target students from Upper Elementary and Middle School ages 9-15.

Conference Date: April 4th – 6th, 2018

Registration for the conference opens on October 17th

The Conference is organized around three days:

DAYS ACTIVITIES LOCATION
4th April 2018 • Registration of all delegations Sheraton Grand Chicago
5th April 2018  • Opening Ceremony
• Student committee sessions, where students represent their delegation, follow actual UN procedures in negotiating resolutions for Key UN agenda items
• Cultural Night
Sheraton Grand Chicago
6th April 2018 • Student committee sessions, where students represent their delegation, follow actual UN procedures in negotiating resolutions for Key UN agenda items
• Closing Ceremony
Sheraton Grand Chicago

Please note when determining travel options:

  • on-site registration check-in will be possible the 4th April based upon dedicated registration check-in slots. These slots will be assigned based upon a first-come, first serve basis according to your travel schedule (which you provide to MMUN during the final step of the registration process)
  • The latest possible option for delegation arrival requires on-site presence by 9:00 PM on the 4th of April.
  • The departure times from the Sheraton should not be planned on the 6th any earlier than 8:30 PM for both Upper Elementary and Middle School.

 


Eligibility for Conference

MMUN Conferences are only available to MMUN Certified Teachers. You can be certified by attending a MMUN Teacher Workshop, a two-day course that will enable teachers to prepare students to attend the MMUN Conferences as delegates. See Upcoming Teacher Workshop for more information.

If you have already registered for one of the upcoming MMUN Teacher Workshops, you must contact info@nullmontessori-mun.org to request that spots are reserved for your delegation and provide the number of students in your group. Upon receipt of your email request, we will reserve spots for your students until the date immediately after completion of your training.

If you are a returning teacher to an MMUN conference, please watch the MMUN4UN Webinar prior to registering your school, which contains the new procedures and policies based upon the new alignment with UN procedures and terminology (as opposed to parliamentary procedures). See MMUN4UN for more information.


Student Preparation Begins Early

Student work begins 6 months before the actual conference, led by MMUN certified teachers, where students study the UN, simulation country background, committee topic, and develop position papers to be presented and discussed at the conference event.


Key Dates

17th October, 2017 Opening date of online registration for schools. Conferences fill-up fast so reserve your schools place as soon as possible
16th February, 2018 Final deadlines for:

  • Early Bird Fees (including registration of schools, finalization of accommodations and payment of all registration fees)
  • Refund request (no refunds possible after this date)
1st March, 2018  Final deadlines for:

  • Conference fees full payment
  • Submission of all position papers (if not completed, delegates will become observers without voting rights)
  • Communication to MMUN (info@nullmontessori-mun.org) of:
    • flight information (to receive your dedicated registration time-slot)
    • flag procession participants (2 persons per delegation only)
  • Applications for the Cultural Exchange Event and/or T-shirt Design Contest (both are optional)
4th – 6th April, 2018  On-Site conference dates in Chicago


Participant Categories

    • MMUN Coordinators: MMUN certified teachers coordinating pre-conference activities, single person coordinating registration of full delegation, as well as the on-site reference for the full delegation. Want to become a MMUN certified coordinator? Click here to learn more.
    • School Delegation includes:
      • Delegates: Students from 9-15 years of age, which have completed the preparation and acceptance of their position papers within the established deadline.
      • Chaperones: Teachers and/or parents that are part of the school delegation, ensuring appropriate conduct and protocol compliance on-site. They are also responsible for picking up their student delegates from committee rooms for lunch and at the end of the afternoon sessions.
      • Observers: Any adult or child which accompanies the school delegation. A child observer can include an accompanying family member or a school student who wishes to experience the conference without participating as a full delegate.
      • Visitors: Adult participants which are not part of a school delegation.
    • Bureau: Adults and students responsible for the success of committee sessions, includes reviewing of position papers and commenting pre-conference, and the execution of the committee sessions during the conference.
    • MMUN Angels: Trained volunteers assisting on-site with conference services, information, and logistics.



School Delegation Conference Fees

For MMUN coordinators, chaperones and delegates, the following fees and budget apply.

School Registration Fee 

(per school group)

$260USD School Registration Fee is the cost for each participant school
Facility Fee for Local Resident

(per person)

$300USD Within the 50 mile radius of the Sheraton Grand Chicago
Participant Registration Fee 

(per person)

Starting at $399USD  Participant registration fee includes: 

  • Venue hire and facilities fees
  • Delegate accomodation (in quadruple accomodations for 2 nights at the Chicago Grand Sheraton with Check-in at 4 pm on April 4th and Check-out at 12 pm on April 6th). Click here to details on room configuration and pricing for the conference, as well as shoulder night details.
  • Porterage fees for 1 luggage piece per person

Visitor Conference Fees

If you are not a member of a school group and would like to attend a MMUN conference, you can register yourself as visitor paying the participant registration fee.

Service Conditions

  • Fees:
    • Conference fees are mandatory, including:
      • school registration fee (per school group) and
      • participant fee (per person).
    • Conference fees are in $USD (American dollars) and do not include meals, airfare or airport transfer.
    • Late registrations are subject to a $150USD supplemental fee per participant.
    • Registrations will be canceled and conference packages released if remainder fees are not received by 11:59pm EST on March 1st, 2018.
  • Refunds:
    • Refunds are subject to a 10% processing fee before February 16th 2018. Fees are not refundable after February 16th 2018.
    • Refund requests must be submitted prior to the posted deadline to accounting@nullmontessori-mun.org with the electronic payment receipt (email receipt) or the last 4 digits of the card used to process the payment transaction(s) along with names of school and participant(s) whose registration(s) need to be canceled.
  • School Delegation Size:
    • In event of group size decrease due to cancellation(s), coordinators must release the existing country from the school dashboard and select a new country appropriate to their group size before the early bird deadline.
    • Failure to honor this policy implies that student delegate spots were held inadequately, and therefore could not be taken by other schools.
    • The penalty fee for breach of this policy is $195USD per student delegate spot.
  • Conference registration:
    • Registration is complete only when all conference fees are paid in full.
    • Registrations will be cancelled if remainder fees are not received by the posted deadline.
    • Only registered participants (i.e. students and adults whether part of a school delegation or as a visitor) will be allowed entrance to the conference facilities and its events.
    • New registrations or payments will not be accepted past the deadline or on-site.
  • Right of Refusal
    • MMUN reserves the right to deny access or cancel registration of any person or group of people that in its sole discretion deems to represent a likelihood of causing harm to conference attendees, to the decorum and the integrity of any of its conferences, or may put its confidential and copyrighted materials and information at risk of unauthorized use.
  • Position Papers Submission
    • Delegations who fail to submit a position paper(s) which is accepted by their Committee Bureau within the proposed deadline, will lose their “delegate” status.
      These students will attend the conference as observers and will not have voting rights. Please consult the information on:

      • Student preparation and position paper(s) for additional details, and
      • Conference Deadlines for the cut-off date for position paper submission.
      • Successful Acceptance of position paper(s)

 

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