UPDATE on Application Deadline for Programs Beginning Before July 15
Deadline Extended to Wednesday, May 30
Because many families are now discovering the summer debate and leadership programs, the deadline for early summer programs, those beginning prior to July 15, is extended to Wednesday, May 30. Applications should arrive no later than that day. If it is not possible to submit by that date, please send an email to John Meany, firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Urgent – Summer Registration” in the sublect line.
CLAREMONT SUMMER 2018!
MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE – HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE –
LEADERSHIP & PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION FOR
HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
2018 Program Application is Open!
MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAMS – 2018
Middle School Scholars-Leadership & Professional Communication, Session 1
Middle School Debate, Session 1
Middle School Debate, Session 2
Middle School Scholars-Leadership & Professional Communication, Session 2 (SuperSession, including competition)
Middle School Debate, Session 3 (SuperSession, including tournament)
July 28-August 4
HIGH SCHOOL PROGRAMS – 2018
High School Leadership and Professional Communication & Academic Conference
High School Debate
Students may attend any or all programs for their age group • Students may commute or stay on campus in residential facilities exclusively organized for the summer debate and leadership communication programs • All programs are appropriate for new and experienced students • Several programs are scheduled so that students may participate conveniently in more than program – leadership communication programs are just before middle school debate sessions 1 & 3 and the high school leadership program is consecutively scheduled with high school debate
About the Debate Programs
Debate instruction is in the Public Debate Program (PDP) format. The 3-on-3 debate format/curriculum is one of the most popular designs for debate and public speaking training in the world, with more than 800,000 teachers and students in 29 countries involved annually. PDP debate instruction is relevant to any and all debate formats and PDP students have won US high school debate championships in policy and Lincoln-Douglas debating and enjoyed success in Public Forum, CHSSA Parliamentary, World Schools, and varied other formats.
About the Scholars/Leadership Communication Programs
Programming creates opportunities for oral- and written-intensive practice in academic and professional communication and leadership management settings. Middle school students will learn effective public speaking, discussion, and multimedia presentation techniques. High school students will learn those, as well as engage in project management for a club/organization, digital and social media marketing, and an academic conference (opportunities for awards for competitive conference papers and presentations).
The program will feature lectures and support on essay writing from the staff of Claremont McKenna’s Center for Writing and Public Discourse.
2018 APPLICATION DEADLINES
Application Deadline – For programs beginning before July 15
Wednesday, May 30
Application Deadline – For programs beginning on or after July 15
Tuesday, June 5
FOR APPLICANTS AWAITING CONFIRMATION – Thank you for your application to Claremont Summer 2018! There are hundreds of applicants for Summer 2018 programs. Applications are processed as quickly as possible. If you are concerned that your application has not been received, please contact us after March 1 at email@example.com. Because of the volume of applications and other programming, it takes approximately 2-3 weeks to process an application.
Questions about Claremont Summer?
Please review the online information. It answers most questions. If necessary, please email John Meany, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “CDLI” in the subject line (CDLI – Claremont Debate and Leadership/Professional Communication Institutes). It is difficult to reach Debate Union staff by phone at this time, due to national and international debate travel. It is possible to email and schedule a phone appointment.
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 and High School Public Debate Program. He also created the California High School Speech Association Parliamentary Debate and World Parliamentary Debate formats. 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 800,000 teachers and student in 29 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.)
This is the 18th year of summer debate programming at Claremont. Programming accommodates new practitioners and highly experienced debaters. There are 5 middle school sessions and 2 high school sessions. Students may attend one or more than one session. There are new and experienced students at all sessions.
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 – 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.
Debate 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, held in February 2016 (leadership communication.center).
Summer debate tournaments
Claremont Summer integrates a summer championship tournament in the Middle School Debate Supersession (Session 3).
More than 500 attendees have filled the available space for Claremont Summer programming for several years. Please apply by the deadline to reserve space this summer!
Claremont Summer includes supplemental writing consulting to assist students with school, college application, and other essays. Claremont McKenna College’s Center for Writing and Public Discourse staff and writing consultants support student writing skill development. 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 16-21, arrival is June 16, 12:00-2:00 PM and the primary departure is June 20, 5:00-8:50 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 21.
If a student needs to stay until the last listed date for a session, please contact John Meany, email@example.com, at least 1 week prior to the departure date.
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.