EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE – NO LATE FEE!
More Time to Apply – Many families are just discovering the program and deadlines are extended for applicants.
MAY 21, 2013 – Deadline for WSDC/International High School Debate Applicants
June 15, 2013 – Deadline for All Other Programs – All Middle School, HSPDP/CHSSA High School, Leadership Communication
ADDITIONAL PROGRAM OPTION FOR 8TH GRADE STUDENTS!
Get a head start on international debating! The WSDC/International High School Program is now open to students entering the 8th grade. Some international events (e.g., Pan American Debating Championship with English and Spanish Language Divisions) are now open to 13 year-old students – the summer program will assist training younger students for US teams for those events.
WELCOME TO CLAREMONT SUMMER 2013!
MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE – HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE
WSDC/INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE – COMMUNICATION LEADERSHIP
CLAREMONT SUMMER is a series of 6 debate and communication leadership programs for middle school and high schools students. The programs are sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union, one of the largest and most successful debating societies in the world. The Claremont Summer director is John Meany, Director of Forensics at Claremont McKenna College and the administrator of the Claremont Colleges Debate Union. The author or co-author of nine debate textbooks, he has administered and taught at more than 150 summer debate and professional communication program sessions in the US and abroad.
The Claremont Summer programs are the only official, authorized programs for instruction in the Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP) and High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP) formats. These formats were developed by John Meany and Kate Shuster at the Claremont Colleges Debate Union. Tens of thousands of students participate in MS-HSPDP debating each year. Claremont Summer faculty are certified MS-HSPDP instructors – the summer programs are the only workshops extant requiring faculty and judge certification and providing MS-HSPDP certified instructors. Students learn the format, new rules and conventions, and best practices from the founders of the MS-HSPDP formats.
John Meany is the US representative on the World Schools Debating Council, the international organization responsible for the world high school debating championship. As the director of the US – World Schools Debating Championship Program (USWSDC), he selects and trains US high school students for the annual world debate championship, major regional championships, select national tournaments, and international debate and educational exchanges. he Claremont Summer international high school program offers authorized training and an integrated audition for USWSDC teams. Students learn from the national staff of the USWSDC and have the opportunity to participate in training that is directed to success at a USWSDC audition.
John Meany and Kate Shuster developed the CHSSA parliamentary debate format and wrote the model textbook (On That Point! An Introduction to Parliamentary Debate). Students participating in the California High School Speech Association’s official parliamentary debate format get the opportunity to learn from the founders.
Debate and Communication Leadership Programs
In Summer 2013, the Debate Union will sponsor 6 programs. These include 3 middle school debate sessions, 1 US high school debate format session, 1 international high school debate format session, and 1 professional communication leadership session. Students may attend more than one session. Students may attend as commuters or in-residence. No prior experience is required. There is instruction for students new to debate or public speaking; there is instruction for highly experienced students.
Outstanding Faculty – Personal Instruction
All staff are certified instructors and judges. The staff includes the creators of the MSPDP, HSPDP, and CHSSA parliamentary debate models, former debaters and coaches responsible for winning 20 secondary school and college national championships, authors of more than 15 debate textbooks, coaches of World Schools (international high school championship) squads from the US and Korea, and professional communication consultants for colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, and non-profit organizations in a half dozen countries.
Programming includes a student-faculty ratio of 4-1.
Program Site – Claremont McKenna College
Programs will be held at Claremont McKenna College, one of the nation’s top ten liberal arts colleges. The college is a member ofthe The Claremont Consortium, a group of 5 undergraduate colleges (Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, Pomona, Scripps) and 2 graduate schools (Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences) modeled on the University of Oxford. The Fiske Guide for Colleges described the consortium as “a collection of intellectual resources unmatched in America.”
Claremont McKenna College is located about 35 miles east of Los Angeles. Students may choose to stay in-residence in supervised dormitories used exclusively by the summer debate/communication program or commute to their selected session. Daily scheduling is ‘family friendly.’ There are optional evening academic and recreational programs and commuting students may select to stay until 9:00 PM (families determine a pick-up time between 5:00 PM, the end of the formal academic program, and 9:00 PM, the official time that commuting students must depart).
• 2013 Middle School Public Debate Program
(3 MSPDP sessions)
Session 1, July 8-13
Session 2, July 13-18
Session 3, July 29-August 5 (Extended SuperSession, including full tournament)
• 2013 High School Debate
(1 HSPDP & CHSSA session)
• 2013 World Schools Debating Championship/International High School Debate
(1 WSDC format session, including audition for the 2013-14 US international debate traveling teams for the World Schools Debating Championship, Eurasian Championship, European Championship, Pan American Debating Championship, and Korea, China, United Kingdom, and Canada debate exchanges and more…)
• 2013 Leadership Communication
(1 session featuring professional communication training for high school students, including extemporaneous speaking, roundtable discussion, argumentation, resume building, essay writing, PowerPoint and multimedia presentations, leadership development, club/organization project management, and more…)
July 29-August 5
Note – Students may attend more than one session and may stay for consecutively administered programs. Students attending more than one debate session are accommodated in more advanced instructional settings during their second session.