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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.

Syllabus

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.

Schedule

Friday

2:00PM-3:00PM Opening Ceremony

3:00PM-4:00PM Demonstration Debate 

4:00PM-5:00PM Discussion & Intros

 

Saturday

11:00AM-11:15AM Opening

11:30AM-12:30PM Workshop & Drills (1hr)

12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch

1:30PM-2:30PM Workshop & Drills (1hr)

2:45PM-3:45PM Workshop & Drills (1hr)

4:00PM-5:00PM Office Hours

 

Sunday

11:00AM-11:15AM Opening

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.

WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS

 

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.

Narrative Debates

Instructor: Devesh Kodnani

The power of story and anecdotes in generating performative offense.

Round Vision

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.

Instructors

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Ale Perri

2021 NSDA Nats: 3rd Place

2021 TOC Octafinalist

7 Gold Bids

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Sofia Perri

2023 TOC Finalist

2023 TOC Top Speaker

8 TOC Gold Bids

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Nicole Rodriguez

2022 NSDA Nats: Top 10

9 TOC Bids

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Julien Benchek

2023 NCFL National Champion

2023 Ohio State Champion

5 TOC Gold Bids

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Jonathan Chen

2023 NSDA Nats: 3rd Place

2023 TOC Octafinalist

7 TOC Gold Bids

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...and more!

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FINANCIAL AID

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 chicagodebateacademy@gmail.com

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