Public Forum Bootcamp
3-Day Online Workshop | July 28 - 30
15 hours of instruction | Fri 2PM-5PM CT | Sat-Sun 11AM-5PM CT
Cost: $249.00/student (need-based financial aid available)
Referral Discount: $25.00/referral
Class Size: 20-30 students
Open to: 9th-12th grade PF debaters (all backgrounds welcome!)
Space is limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis!
Flexible refunds offered until Monday, 7/24.
Live Practice Rounds
All students receive the opportunity to engage in practice debates on the Septober PF topic. Rounds are judged by our expert instructors, who provide extensive case & structured round feedback.
Rounds are power paired based on skill level, so that students debate in high-quality, educational rounds with peer competitors.
Debaters will receive the opportunity to try out their own cases and receive detailed feedback; Demo debate materials (cases, block documents, etc.) will also be distributed to students for drills & analysis.
Instructors will lead students through structured “redo” speeches, so that students make steady progress on debate skills learned in camp.
2:00PM-3:00PM Opening Ceremony
3:00PM-4:00PM Demonstration Debate
4:00PM-5:00PM Discussion & Intros
11:30AM-12:30PM Workshop & Drills (1hr)
1:30PM-2:30PM Workshop & Drills (1hr)
2:45PM-3:45PM Workshop & Drills (1hr)
4:00PM-5:00PM Office Hours
11:30AM-12:30PM Workshop & Drills (1 hr)
12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch & Office Hours
1:30PM-4:30PM Practice Rounds (3 hrs)
4:30PM-5:00PM Awards & Closing
*All times in CT (Central Time)
In-person instruction time will be dedicated to live drills, 1:1 feedback, office hours, and Septober topic preparation. Students will work closely with our expert instructors.
All strategy lectures will be recorded and distributed to students for future reference.
How to Make Analytics Strategic
Instructor: Alessandro Perri
In-round analysis, effective framing, and weighing.
Answering Progressive Arguments
Instructor: Sofia Perri
Effective strategies and tactics to skillfully respond to theory and kritiks to navigate complex debates.
Outframing the Opponent
Instructor: Nicole Rodriguez
Strategic framing to empower debaters to shape the round and effectively communicate arguments.
Instructor: Devesh Kodnani
The power of story and anecdotes in generating performative offense.
Instructor: Jonathen Chen
Building expert round vision to win high-level rooms.
Lay to Flay Debate
Instructor: Julien Benchek
Building compelling cases for lay circuit appeal.
2021 NSDA Nats: 3rd Place
2021 TOC Octafinalist
7 Gold Bids
2023 TOC Finalist
2023 TOC Top Speaker
8 TOC Gold Bids
2022 NSDA Nats: Top 10
9 TOC Bids
2023 NCFL National Champion
2023 Ohio State Champion
5 TOC Gold Bids
2023 NSDA Nats: 3rd Place
2023 TOC Octafinalist
7 TOC Gold Bids
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Our goal is to provide an high quality, affordable debate education for all. We hope to make Chicago Debate Academy accessible to as many students as possible!
CDA offers need-based financial aid ranging from 10% – 100% of the full program cost for prospective students whose financial circumstances prevent them from meeting the full cost of the program.
To apply, please fill out the Financial Aid Form below and the official registration form above. We will get back to you with the finalized financial aid details within 1-3 business days. For more inquiries, please email firstname.lastname@example.org