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Public Speaking & Persuasion Workshops

3-Day Online Workshop | July 26 - 28

15 hours of instruction | Fri 2PM-5PM CT | Sat-Sun 11AM-5PM CT 

Cost: $249.00/student (need-based financial aid available)

Referral Discount: $15.00/referral

Class Size: 20-30 students

Open to: 6-12th grade (no debate experience required!)

Space is limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis!

Flexible refunds offered until Monday, 7/22.


Experienced Instructors


We pride ourselves on having experienced instructors who bring their expertise and passion for debate to the classroom. Our instructors have a deep understanding of the subject matter and are actively involved in the debate community, ensuring that students receive the highest quality instruction and guidance. With their wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience, our instructors empower students to develop skills that will last a lifetime.

Through interactive activities and engaging discussions, students receive immediate and personalized feedback from our instructors. This real-time feedback allows students to understand their strengths, identify areas for improvement, and make tangible progress in their public speaking abilities. By nurturing a supportive learning environment, we ensure that every student's voice is heard and valued.



2:00PM-3:00PM Opening Ceremony

3:00PM-4:00PM Introduction to Debate

4:00PM-5:00PM Team-building Activities



11:00AM-11:15AM Opening

11:30AM-12:30PM Workshop & Activity

12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch

1:30PM-2:30PM Workshop & Games

2:45PM-3:45PM Workshop & Activity

4:00PM-5:00PM Office Hours



11:00AM-11:15AM Opening

11:30AM-12:30PM Workshop & Games

12:30PM-1:30PM Lunch & Office Hours

1:30PM-3:00PM Practice Rounds

3:00-4:30PM Mini-Tournament!

4:30PM-5:00PM Awards & Closing


*All times in CT (Central Time)



Introduction to Debate

Discover what debate is all about! In addition to learning the foundations of debate, students learn how excel in various public speaking opportunities throughout middle school and beyond.


Structure of an Argument

Uncover the secrets to constructing compelling and persuasive arguments in this engaging workshop which offers the building blocks for effective argumentation: claims, warrants, and impacts.

Impacting and Weighing

Learn how to identify the key impacts in a debate and effectively communicate them to an audience.


Techniques to identify and counter arguments from opponents on the fly. Explore different types of refutation and how to dismantle opposing arguments by employing logical reasoning and evidence. 


Public Speaking & Confidence

 Learn techniques to enhance your public speaking skills and captivate audiences through interactive activities and practice delivering impactful speeches. 


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Aidan Shannon

UChicago '25

2023 APDA Nationals Competitor

2021 NCFL Nationals Octafinalist

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Sarah Willrich

UChicago '26

T20 at 2024 APDA Nationals 

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Helen Wu

UChicago '25

2024 WUDC Semifinalist 

Ranked #8 Team the US (2023)

5th Place at 2023 APDA Nationals

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Pratyush Sharma

UChicago '27

2019 7th Place World Scholar's Cup

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Jesenia Parthasarathy

UChicago '26

T20 at 2024 APDA Nationals

2023 APDA Nationals Competitor

4 Congress TOC Bids 


...and more!

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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

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