CLAREMONT SUMMER 2017!
MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE – HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE –
INTERNATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE –
LEADERSHIP & PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION
Application Deadline – For programs beginning before July 15 (MS1, MS2, Leadership, and International High School)
Friday, May 19
Application Deadline – For programs beginning after July 15 (MS3 and HSPDP/CHSSA)
Friday, June 16
FOR APPLICANTS AWAITING CONFIRMATION – Thank you for your application to Claremont Summer 2017! There are hundreds of applicants for Summer 2017 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com. 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, 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 800,000 teachers and student in 28 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 17th 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.
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, held in 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 2017 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 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 25-30, arrival is June 25, 12:00-2:00 PM and the primary departure is June 29, 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 30.
If a student needs to stay until the last listed date for a session, please contact Lauren Phillips, firstname.lastname@example.org, at least 1 week prior to the departure date.
Middle School Debate Program Dates
- Session 1 – June 25-30
- Session 2 – July 6-11
- Session 3 (SuperSession) – July 26-August 2
High School Program Dates
- International Debate/Audition – June 17-24
- Leadership and Professional Communication – July 8-17
- National Debate (HSPDP/CHSSA Parliamentary Debate) – July 17-24
- Friday, May 19 (for programs with a start date before July 15 – MS1, MS2, International HS, Leadership Communication)
- Friday, June 16 (for programs with a start date after July 15 – MS3, National HS HSPDP/CHSSA)
- 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.