Students enrolled in Acera School’s Model UN Afterschool Enrichment program participated at the Global Leadership Conference on September 30. The event — which was focused on the global health issue of malaria — was held at Suffolk Law School and the Omni Parker House in Boston.
The conference was a one-day debate, negotiation, and public speaking event open to middle and high school students. Students were divided into separate committees, with a public speaking coach — a business or legal professional, or a collegiate MUN expert — assigned to each committee. The coach supports students as they write their opening speeches and observe the first committee session and provide feedback on each delegate’s public speaking, negotiation, and persuasion skills.
Two of Acera’s student representatives were each awarded “Best Delegate” of their respective committees.
“Learning to take on a perspective that is not your own, and solving problems with a systemic view in mind is exactly what is at the heart of this kind of enrichment program,” said Courtney Dickinson, founder and director of Acera School. “These are attributes we value and foster at Acera.”
Founded in 2009, Acera engages students in individualized, project-based learning that is designed around their passions and aligned with their own abilities. In addition to K-8 education, Acera offers daily after-school enrichment programs as well as February, April, and summer vacation camps. For more information, visit aceraschool.org.