The JVLA strives to provide our member schools the best in innovative course offerings. Looking ahead to the Fall of 2015, we are excited to be offering
Model United Nations and International Relations
About the Teacher... Before his recent retirement, Mr. Joe Ptak spent 19 years at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colorado. He served as Social Studies Department Chair for 14 years and moderator of the Model United Nations club. Each year, Mr. Ptak took students to the North American Invitational Model United Nations Conference in Washington, DC. His teams always placed among the top 10 schools at the conference and he was honored with the Moderator of the Year Award in 2003.
About the Course...
This course merges a traditional International Relations course with Model UN to create an informative, interesting and fun way to engage students in discussions and simulations covering topical issues. The class required significant student participation as delegates representing specific countries in organizations ranging from the General Assembly, Security Council, World Health Organization, DISEC and UNESCO to the Arab League, OPEC, and the Palestinian conflict.
The course does not ground itself in any specific text nor does it flounder about in theory. Rather, MUN/IR is a practical course, dealing with the acquisition and application of information on topical issues, and using the United Nations format as a platform.
The Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy was founded in 2007 to provide Jesuit secondary schools online and blended opportunities relating to student coursework and teacher professional development. Our desire is to be a resource for schools as they look to provide the best, most sustainable educational experience for their students.
Noting a similar need among non-Jesuit schools, the JVLA has begun offering programs and services to the broader community of Catholic high schools. To inquire about how your school can become a JVLA member, click here.