WNDI, Summer of 2014
Our pedagogy is student-centered and privileges active learning through experience. It is not our goal to deposit mountains of information in students' minds, but rather to familiarize students with the process of critical thinking, researching, and developing complete, compelling arguments on each new topic. In other words, we want students to leave the camp feeling confident in their ability to research any topic and craft high quality arguments on their own. We also strive to improve the speaking skills and ability to advocate a position of each and every student, regardless of experience level. This means that we seek to build foundational skills in creative and critical thinking, academic research, and argument construction more than we wish to teach how to argue about any single issue or philosopher. We believe that research, speaking, advocacy, and passion for debate are an important balance that emerge through a combination of careful reading and summarizing, crafting of arguments, presentation and delivery of an overall position, refutation, and rhetorical packaging. We use this philosophy to guide our institute and instruction modules.
LINCOLN-DOUGLAS, PUBLIC FORUM, EXTEMPORANEOUS SPEAKING
Our curriculum unfolds in three stages. First, students will plunge into speaking/debating. Second, students will generate their own arguments and positions. Third, debaters will cultivate a sense of clash that allows improvements to take place throughout the season. Before students even arrive at camp they will receive a packet of quality evidence on one of the topics they may encounter next season. In LD and PF, students will spend the first two days constructing affirmative and negative cases in hands-on workshops with our faculty. Within the first week, everyone will debate at least twice, once on the affirmative and once on the negative. Philosophy seminars and debate skills sessions will supplement the practice debates and guided research. In Extemp, students will learn how to craft a speech on a variety of topics, prioritize improvements in persuasive speaking to a broad audience, and enhance the ability to construct a meaningful position in a short period of time. The process will include topics that students have researched and topics that studentsare not familiar with before drawing that option. Extempers will do practice speeches on a variety of topics throughout the week.
This workshop provides policy debaters with the best that institutes have to offer: research skills, theory development, and argument construction. Students will have the opportunity to receive personalized instruction from top-notch faculty in intimate groups and benefit from all the amenities available to students at larger camps. All the amenities will include electives, practice debates, rebuttal re-dos, guided research, a starter set of evidence prepared exclusively for the camp, computer access, copies of camp blocks, recreational events, etc.
Scheduling for the workshop will include research skills, group discussions, mini-debates and practice debates, theory discussions, electives, and a tournament. Students will select blocks of time based on possible schedules that will be distributed to all of the students prior to the workshop. We are extremely proud to announce that a number of our national circuit debaters / graduates will be assisting us again this summer. Our promise is that you will get better each and every day.
Tuition costs include room and board as well as full instruction. We may be able to offer lower rates for commuters. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 – Saturday, July 12th (Tuition Cost: $2,200)
Three Week Policy Debate: All experience levels welcome
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 – Saturday, July 5th (Tuition Cost: $1,550)
Two Week Policy Debate: All experience levels welcome
Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 – Saturday, June 28th (Tuition Cost: $800)
One Week Policy Debate: All experience levels welcome
Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum Debate, Extemporaneous Speaking
Sunday, June 29th, 2014 – Saturday, July 12th (Tuition Cost: $1,550)
Two Week LD/PF/Extemp: All experience levels welcome
Sunday, June 29th, 2014 – Saturday, July 5th (Tuition Cost: $800)
One week session (A)—LD, Public Forum, Extemp Session II, All experience levels welcome
Sunday, July 6th, 2014 – Saturday, July 12th (Tuition Cost: $800)
One week session (B)—LD, Public Forum, Extemp Session II, All experience levels welcome
Next Step: Fill out the registration form and mail it in along with your deposit check. Once we have received both, we will contact you to confirm and follow up with additional information.
*Please note, these forms may not work in all browsers. If you have problems, please email us at email@example.com and we can send you the forms as attachments.
Please register before April 1st to ensure a spot in the workshop and avoid any late registration fees.
Once registered, there are two forms that parents need to read and potentially fill out and mail in.
We also suggest a peak at the tentative detailed schedule for the two week institute.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.