Summer Tournament Registration

Students attending the Claremont Summer middle school and high school debate sessions are eligible to participate in online summer debate tournaments. There is no registration fee for the events.

There are 2 online tournaments for middle school and 2 for high school students.

The middle school events are scheduled on the following dates:

Friday, July 31 – Middle School Summer Online Championship
(Registration deadline, Wednesday, July 28, 6PM)

Saturday, September 12 – Middle School Summer PDP Online Championship
(Registration deadline, Wednesday, September 9, 6PM)

The high school events are scheduled on the following dates:

Monday, August 10 – High School Summer Public Debate Program Championship
(Registration deadline, Thursday, August 6, 6PM)

Sunday, September 13 – High School Summer PDP Online Championship
(Registration deadline, Wednesday, September 9, 6PM

TO REGISTER
https://ccdu2020.wufoo.com/forms/m394xwf1g26ru4/

High School Leadership Academic Conference – Topic

Students attending the High School Leadership/Professional Communication session will participate in an academic conference, featuring competitive awards in several categories.

The topic for this summer’s conference is Criminal Justice Reform.

Students will research and submit a 5-page paper on the topic. Guidelines for the paper will be emailed to each registered student beginning June 18.

Daily Schedule

The daily schedule is the same for all programs, with the exception of High School Leadership/Professional Communication. The core schedule is listed for all programs and that is followed by the High School Leadership/Professional Communication schedule.

DAILY SCHEDULE FOR ALL PROGRAMS (except High School Leadership)

Day 1
9:00-9:30 AM Registration – Zoom Login
9:00-9:15 AM Registration for students with the last name A-M
915-9:30 AM Registration for students with the last name N-Z
9:30-9:55AM Welcome and Program Introduction
10:00-12:00 PM Instructional Sessions
12:00-12:55 PM Lunch Break
12:55 PM Zoom Login
1:00-3:00 PM Instructional Sessions
3:00-3:55 PM Break
Optional Programming – Open Forum – Begins at 4:00 PM
3:55 PM Zoom Login (Later Zoom Login for later scheduled sessions – please login 5 minutes prior to scheduled session start)
4:00-5:30 PM Office Hours, Electives, Ancillary Programming Daily

Day 2 & 3
8:45 AM Zoom Arrival
8:50-9:00 AM Public Speaking Practice
9:00-9:55 AM Homework Review and Opening Exercises
10:00-12:00 PM Instructional Sessions
12:00-12:55 PM Lunch Break
12:55 PM Zoom Login
1:00-3:00 PM Instructional Sessions
3:00-3:55 PM Break
Optional Programming – Open Forum – Begins at 4:00 PM
3:55 PM Zoom Login (Later Zoom Login for later scheduled sessions – please login 5 minutes prior to scheduled session start)
4:00-5:30 PM Office Hours, Electives, Ancillary Programming Daily

Day 4
8:45 AM Zoom Arrival
8:50-9:00 AM Public Speaking Practice
9:00-12:00 PM Performances and Instructional Sessions
12:00-12:55 PM Lunch Break
12:55 PM Zoom Login
1:00-4:55 PM Performances and Instructional Sessions
4:55-5:00 PM Final Gathering

DAILY SCHEDULE
HIGH SCHOOL LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION

DAY 1, 2 & 3
Same as above

Day 4
same as Day 2 & 3

Day 5 & 6
8:50 AM Zoom Arrival
9:00-12:00 PM Performances and Instructional Sessions
12:00-12:55 PM Lunch Break
12:55 PM Zoom Login
1:00-4:55 PM Performances and Instructional Sessions
4:55-5:00 PM Gathering

The 2020 Schedule

Schedule dates for Summer 2020 sessions. Please go to the ‘Daily Schedule’ post for an explanation of the schedule for each day of your program.

Each summer session involves daily lectures and small group practica, homework and homework review, open forums and strategy games, electives, and event performances.

Summer Tournaments and High School Conference (for summer institute students)
Registration begins July 14 – Email announcement to all institute attendees
No fees for tournament registration
High School Academic Conference, integrated in leadership session, July 17-18
Middle School Summer Championship Tournament, July 31
High School Summer Championship Tournament, August 10
Middle School Summer Online PDP Championship Tournament, Saturday, September 12
High School Summer Online PDP Championship Tournament, Sunday, September 13

Middle School Debate
June 10-June 13 (for basic and intermediate students)
July 20-July 23 (for basic and intermediate students)
July 27-July 30 (for advanced and continuing students)

Middle School Scholars (appropriate for students at all levels of experience)
June 22-June 25
August 12-15

High School Debate
June 15-June 18 (for basic and intermediate students)
July 7-10 (for advanced and continuing students)
August 4-7 (for advanced and continuing students)

High School Leadership/Professional Communication (appropriate for students at all levels of experience)
July 13-July 18

The Claremont Difference

• Learn from John Meany, Director of Forensics at Claremont McKenna College
Founder of the Middle School/High School Public Debate Program, Creator of the CHSSA Parliamentary Debate format, Sponsor of the first intercollegiate championship in the British Parliamentary format, Author or co-author of 10 debate textbooks and a monograph series on professional communication, Director of the US World Schools Program and International High School Public Debate Program for 15 years, Coach of multiple national debate champions, Director of the Civics in Action high school leadership initiative, Sponsor of multiple academic conferences for secondary schools and colleges/universities, Director of more than 250 summer debate, speech, and professional communication sessions in the US and abroad

• Staff and judges/evaluators complete a certification program to work at Claremont Summer events, the only summer debate or communication enrichment program with this requirement. Certification ensures a knowledgeable staff, diligent lesson planning, and implementation of best practices.

• Innovative operations. The Claremont summer programs have led innovations for summer debate and communication workshops for more than 30 years, including more than 20 years of secondary school programs. Online sessions will include the research clinics, open forums, strategy board gaming, home study assignments, and practicum exercises that have been previously featured in on-campus programming.

• Best practices from other formats. The Claremont staff has experience in multiple secondary school debate formats, including PDP, policy, parliamentary (including several high school domestic models and APDA, NPDA, IPDA), Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum, World Schools, British Parliamentary, All-Asian, Karl Popper, Civic Debate. in addition, the staff has substantial experience developing specialized professional communication training programs and events (workshops, conferences, public debates, policy lectures, cable television and podcast public affairs programs, advocacy seminars, etc.) for education, business, civic, social, and political groups.

• Value-added academic term programs. The Claremont Colleges Debate Union supplements its summer programs with conferences, workshops, curricular information, and leadership activities during the summer and academic year. These include a writing workshop presented by staff of Claremont McKenna College’s Center for Writing and Public Discourse, a leadership program – Civics in Action – a social and political advocacy project for schools and communities, international debate demonstrations and public debates (e.g., high school students invited to Panama to support debate development in English and Spanish), and academic conferences with competitive awards for top papers, panel presentations, and multimedia performances. Students receive periodic newsletters and public speaking/argumentation guides. The documents include speaking exercises and helpful information to improve their argumentation, negotiation, writing, and management skills.

Academic Preparation

FOR MIDDLE/HIGH STUDENTS IN ALL PROGRAMS
(Appropriate for students new to summer program events)

Students should practice public speaking, about 2-3 minutes for a practice performance, initially on issues that are personally important and well known. Select the topic and deliver an extemporaneous speech (limited preparation on a research-based topic, from 1 hour to up to a day for research before speech delivery) or an impromptu delivery (from 60-90 seconds of preparation time to as much as 30 minutes of preparation time before speech delivery). Challenge yourself with different topics when you feel that you might be able to deliver a more convincing, persuasive speech than the first one.

Try to use the A-R-E method for argument development. Assertion-Reasoning-Evidence. An assertion is a brief and clearly expressed claim or opinion. The reasoning is an explanation or justification of the opinion. Reasoning explains why an opinion makes sense. Evidence is the experience, observation, or researched fact that supports one’s reasoning. Evidence proves that an opinion is more right than wrong. It is based on facts, rather than speculation or a guesstimate.

During summer programming, all debate and leadership communication students will learn the comprehensive argument method created by John Meany decades ago and subsequently refined as A-R-E-S-R, Assertion-Reasoning-Evidence-Significance-Result.

Video your practice speeches. Practice the same speech several times. After the fourth or fifth presentation, examine the first and most recent video to identify strengths and weaknesses. Communication strengths include eye contact, confidence, volume, alteration in pace (avoid a monotone), emphasis of key words, and appropriate, integrated gestures. Core weaknesses include too much reading of a text, limited or exaggerated movement (no hand/arm movement or pacing, rocking back-and-forth or side-to-side), reduced volume at the end of sentences or paragraphs, and too similar tone and pace for the entire delivery.

As practice improves, select more challenging topics, practice more impromptu than extemporaneous speeches, and reduce the amount of preparation time before delivery. In general, a student should practice public speaking about 30-90 minutes each week to ensure effective, professional, competitive performance.

It is possible to use the topics listed here or substitute your own topics.

Middle School Speech Topics

§  The least favorite things about school

§  My favorite thing to do on vacation

§  The voting age should be lowered to the age of 16

§  How should the US restore the economy in a time of pandemic?

§  Soccer is the best sport

§  Two things I would like to learn

§  All middle schools should have school uniforms

High School Speech Topics

§  The least favorite things about school

§  My favorite thing to do on vacation

§   How should the US restore the economy in a time of pandemic?

§  The US should elect the president by popular vote

§  Schools should have mandatory drug testing for participation in extracurricular activities

§  What is the most important issue facing the United States?

§  Standardized testing does more good than harm

PROGRAM TOPIC PREPARATION

If one has time, the best way to prepare is to research and discuss debates on the listed topics. During the program, students will research and prepare argument sets with staff and other students  for debates. Students may prepare any research files, casebooks, dictionaries, and other reference materials for use for debates or professional events.

For those new to debate, students will learn how to analyze a topic, conduct and organize research, and prepare files and casebooks. Novice debaters might have some information on topics but are not expected to have fully prepared to debate any of the topics.

Topics – Middle School Sessions – Basic/Intermediate

§  All middle school students should wear uniforms.

§  The US should abolish the Electoral College.

Topics – Middle School Session – Advanced

§  The US should adopt a guaranteed annual income.

§  The US should have compulsory voting in general elections.

DEBATE PREPARATION – HIGH SCHOOL

The summer program uses pre-announced and impromptu debate topics.

To prepare for the institute, each student might research and organize materials for debates on the listed topics. Students will also conduct research, organize arguments, build cases and counterplans, and prepare with staff and other students for debates. Students may bring any research files, casebooks, dictionaries, and other reference materials for use for debates. For those new to debate, students will learn how to conduct and organize research and prepare files and casebooks during institute sessions. Novice debaters should have some information on topics but do not need the same preparation as experienced debaters. Students should research current events from major newspapers and other periodicals for impromptu debates.

Pre-announced Debate Topics – HSPDP Debate Sessions (Basic and Advanced)

§  The US should abolish the Electoral College.

§  The US should pay reparations for slavery.

There will be additional impromptu topics, selected from enduring ethical controversies and major current events.

LEADERSHIP/PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION PREPARATION

The CDLI provides training for effective communication in professional settings – leadership positions for student government, clubs, and organizations, participation in social and political activism, and success in interviews, internships, roundtable discussions, town hall meetings, academic conferences, and public debates.

The CDLI will offer the experience that students need to develop the required communication skills for educational and career success – the ability to identify problems, propose solutions, express vision, and motivate others. Through lectures, practice exercises, readings, discussions, case studies, negotiation games, decision groups, and a conference, students will learn the 3 I’sof highly effective leadership communication – Influencing, Implementing, and Innovating.

Students will research current events and organize for discussions and presentations on select topics.

Research & Resume

High school students should review daily newspapers and online news. In addition, they should read subject field documents, such as academic periodicals and online political reviews – a daily major newspaper (e.g., New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal); weekly national or international news periodicals (e.g., Time, The Washington Post Weekly, Economist, Newsweek); online current events reports (e.g., Google News), and additional specialized periodicals (e.g., Foreign Policy, Columbia Journalism Review, etc.)

Students should prepare a digital copy of their resume to submit during the program.

Speech and Discussion Topics

§  The US should substantially reform criminal sentencing.

§  The US should re-organize government operations to address pandemics. 

Application Deadlines

The deadline for June programs is June 7, 6:00 PM (PST).

The deadline for July high school programs is June 30, 6:00 PM, (PST).

The deadline for July middle school debate programs is July 14, 6:00 PM, (PST).

The deadline for August programs is July 21, 6:00 PM, (PST).

If you are interested in attending but cannot meet a deadline, please contact John Meany, john.meany@cmc.edu, to discuss options.

Tournament registration will take place during the summer. All students registered for summer institute debate sessions will receive an invitation to register beginning July 14.

High school leadership/professional communication students are automatically registered in the academic conference scheduled for July 17-18.