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 WELCOME TO

CLAREMONT SUMMER 2016!

MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE – HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE
INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE –
LEADERSHIP & PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION 
Deadlines Extended for those Just Discovering Claremont Summer!

APPLICATION DEADLINES – Still time to apply!

New First Application Deadline – For programs beginning before July 15 (MS1, MS2, Leadership, and International High School)
Wednesday, June 1
New Second Application Deadline – For programs beginning after July 15 (MS3 and HSPDP/CHSSA)
Friday, June 24

FOR APPLICANTS AWAITING CONFIRMATION – Thank you for your application to Claremont Summer 2016! There are hundreds of applicants for Summer 2016 programs. Applications are processed as quickly as possible. If you are concerned that your application has not been received, please contact us after MAY 25 at lauren.phillips@cmc.edu. Because of the volume of applications, it takes 3 or more weeks to process applications.

Questions about Claremont Summer?

Please review the online information. It answers most questions. If necessary, please email Lauren Phillips at lauren.phillips@cmc.edu. It is difficult to reach Debate Union staff by phone at this time, due to national and international debate travel.

General information

Claremont Summer provides debate training for middle school and high school students, as well as leadership and professional communication instruction for high school students. The summer program is administered by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union, centered at Claremont McKenna College.

John Meany, the Director of Forensics at Claremont McKenna College and Director of the Public Debate Program and Claremont Summer, created the national debate formats used at the summer programs. These include the Middle School Public Debate Program, High School Public Debate Program, and California High School Speech Association Parliamentary Debate formats. He is the co-author of textbooks for all 3 formats. In addition, he developed the World Parliamentary Debate model, one of 2 formats used at the International High School Program. The leadership and professional communication program is based on his curricular materials, workshops, and events for higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and businesses.

The Debate Union offers annual educational outreach programming – public speaking, debate, argumentation, leadership/professional communication for more than 750,000 teachers and student in 27 countries. Claremont Summer students receive age-appropriate training in the best practices integrated in higher education institutions, educational non-profit organizations, and government agencies.

Debate programming includes basic and advanced public speaking, argumentation, and refutation skill development. Leadership communication training features techniques for success in extemporaneous speaking, roundtable discussion,  multimedia presentation (PowerPoint/Prezi), social networking, interviewing, and team/group management. Students learn debating skills that would help them succeed in other debate formats (former students have been extraordinarily successful in multiple debate formats, including policy, LD, Public Forum, and various parliamentary debate models); leadership students develop skills that can apply to classroom work, internships, and extracurricular activities (Model United Nations, Mock Trial and Moot Court, etc.)

2016 Sessions

This is the 16th year of summer debate programming at Claremont. Programming accommodates new practitioners and highly experienced debaters. There are 3 middle school debate sessions and 3 high school sessions – national debate (High School Public Debate Program – HSPDP/California High School Speech Association – CHSSA Parliamentary Debate), international debate (World Schools Debating Championship – WSDC and World Parliamentary Debate – WPD formats), and leadership and professional communication. Students may attend one or more than one session. There are new and experienced students at all sessions.

Daily life

Claremont Summer programming is a leader in innovative workshop teaching methods and performance assessment. Instruction is in small group, elective, open forum, and practice sessions. Students may choose to live in secure dormitories, exclusively reserved for Claremont Summer students (no shared facilities with other college summer programs). Students may also commute to the college for their program. Daily instruction is 9:00-5:00 PM (exceptions for the first and last day for each program – explained in detail on the Campus Life page) but there are optional instruction sessions and recreational events in the evening, Commuting students are welcome to stay until 8:50 PM each day and families my coordinate schedules to set a personalized pick-up time between 5:00-8:50 PM.

There is a 4-1 student-faculty ratio. A portion of each day is devoted to individual and elective work – each student has the opportunity to engage with faculty with specific requests for information and practice to ensure that lessons are understood and can be effectively applied. Certified trainers and judges lead practice and performance critiques.

Programming is rigorous but it is also fun. There is free time and organized recreation each day – athletic events (including a soccer clinic led by a member of the US Olympic Development Team and college soccer coach), smoothie and ice cream socials, games, hikes, etc. Dormitory lounges are available for card and board games. The workshops provide snacks and beverages for all participants at no charge in dormitory lounges throughout the day. Staff is available for supplemental debate and leadership work and practice during all recreational time.

Summer learning for academic year programming

Students may participate in league debating in the Public Debate Program (PDP), Claremont’s proprietary debate model, one of the largest and fastest growing debating formats in the world. League debating in the Youth, Middle School, and High School Public Debate Program is available; Claremont Summer staff will also assist in developing a PDP program at schools without one.

Students may continue to International debate session students have the opportunity to audition for Claremont’s International Public Debate Program, the nation’s largest and most active international debate program for secondary school students. Leadership students have the opportunity to join Claremont’s Civics in Action (CivAc) program – a social, political, and leadership advocacy initiative administered during the academic year. CivAc promotes informed discussion, innovative ideas, and workable, sustainable educational and community policies. For example, 2015 CivicAc students were invited to participate in a Conference on Nuclear Politics, scheduled for February 2016 (leadership communication.center).

Summer debate tournaments

Claremont Summer integrates tournaments in 2 programs – International High School Debate and the Middle School Debate Supersession (Session 3). Students attending the international program participate in the 2016 US Championship in the World Parliamentary Debate format. Students attending the Supersession participate in the MSPDP Summer Debate Championship. Both tournaments have individual and team awards.

 More than 500 attendees filled the available space for Claremont Summer programming for several years. Please apply by the deadline to reserve space this summer!

Value-added programming

Claremont Summer includes supplemental writing consulting to assist students with school, college application, and other essays. In addition, college admission officers make presentations to high school student groups to assist with the college application process.

PROGRAM DATES AND APPLICATION DEADLINES

IMPORTANT DEPARTURE INFORMATION! The first listed date is the arrival date and the last listed program date is the final departure day. There is limited academic and orientation programming on the arrival day and NO instruction on the final day, the last listed program date. In fact, the last listed date for a session is a secondary departure day. Academic programming ends on the second to last date of a program and the PRIMARY DEPARTURE TIME is that evening. 

For example, for the middle school program from June 24-29, arrival is June 24, 12:00-2:00 PM and the primary departure is June 28, 5:00-8:00 PM. All commuter students officially check-out at this time. There are a few residential students unable to depart on the second to last date, usually due to airline schedules. Those students are welcome to stay until the following morning. Final Departure for any remaining student is by 10:00 AM on the last listed date, in this case, June 29.

If a student needs to stay until the last listed date for a session, please contact Lauren Phillips, lauren.phillips@cmc.edu, at least 1 week prior to the departure date.

Middle School Debate Program Dates

  • Session 1 – June 24-29
  • Session 2 – July 6-11
  • Session 3 (SuperSession) – July 26-August 2

High School Program Dates

  • International Debate/Audition – June 18-25
  • Leadership and Professional Communication – July 9-16
  • National Debate (HSPDP/CHSSA Parliamentary Debate) – July 17-24

Application Deadlines

  • Friday, May 20 (for programs with a start date before July 15 – MS1, MS2, International HS, Leadership Communication)
  • Friday, June 17 (for programs with a start date after July 15 – MS3, National HS HSPDP/CHSSA)

Summer Tournaments

  • High School – US Championship, World Parliamentary Debate format (integrated in the International High School session)
  • Middle School – MSPDP Summer Debate Championship (integrated in the Supersession, the third middle school session)

Check the About page for information about Claremont Summer, the Public Debate Program, Civics in Action and other leadership programs for secondary school students, the Claremont Colleges Debate Union, Claremont McKenna College and the Claremont Colleges.

Please review the Programs page for more details on this year’s options.

8 Comments on “Welcome

  1. John Meany is a living, breathing national treasure. If it were not for him, I would never have developed the confidence to advance my skills in debating and become the adult that I became. He is a remarkable human being, instructor and one of the finest academicians I have ever known. It was my humble privilege to have known him. Anyone who has the opportunity to study with Prof. Meany should afford themselves of the rare opportunity to study with the Mozart of rhetoric, speech and debate of our age.

  2. The program is sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Debate Union, an official program of Claremont McKenna College. It is directed by John Meany, the Director of Forensics at Claremont McKenna College and the administrator of the Claremont Colleges Debate Union (an undergraduate debate, professional communication, and educational outreach organization for students attending any of the five undergraduate institutions of the Claremont Consortium).

  3. Yes, residency is available. There are students from many states, as well as a number of international students. All information regarding the program and residency is available online at claremontsummer.org.

  4. There are 3 – national high school parliamentary debate (HSPDP/CHSSA formats), international high school debating (WSDC format and Team USA audition), and professional communication (non-competititve program teaching public speaking, argumentation, and presentation skills for school and career leadership, including resume building, interviewing, extemporaneous speaking, argumentation and refutation, roundtable discussion, PowerPoint presentation, club and organization administration and leadership, social and political project development, etc.)

    It is possible to participate in any or all of the high school programs.

  5. What is the class size? Is there a limited number of openings?

    • Class size for the primary instructional sessions is 6-7. The student-faculty ratio is 4-1.

  6. Hi, Our middle school team has some kids who are interested in attending your camp. They have been doing policy debate since 4th grade (will be going into 8th grade next year) and a few kids have been doing lincoln douglas for a couple of years. Do you do L.D. at the camp? Is one of the middle school camps for more advanced debaters or are they both the same? Thank you, Ann

    • The middle school sessions use the Middle School Public Debate Program format, a proprietary model created at Claremont specifically for middle school students. It is researched-based and involves serious argumentation, so the summer program is helpful for students involved in other debate formats, including policy debate and Lincoln-Douglas debate. In fact, our textbooks supporting the Middle School Public Debate Program and High School Public Debate Program formats were reviewed by leaders in policy and Lincoln-Douglas debating as the best texts for their respective events. Students participating in the middle school program have achieved immediate success in high school Lincoln-Douglas (and other debate and speech) competition; the debate programming clearly facilitates success in other forensic events.

      The middle school and high school public debate models are standards-based and designed to maximize student learning outcomes. Although theses formats certainly provide rigorous debating training for any and all academic interscholastic competitions, the models are developed to encourage the acquisition of sophisticated professional communication skills – public speaking, argumentation, organization, note taking, team building, and refutation skills – that students will take with them beyond debate competition for use for future academic and professional success. During summer institute instruction, students learn how specific elements of the Public Debate Program formats facilitate interviewing, social professional, roundtable discussion, extemporaneous speaking, and other communication skills.

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