Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp

Come join Rashad Evans at the Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp. Champion Debate Camp will develop students' core critical-thinking skills of interpretation, evaluation, inference, analysis, synthesis, reflection, and communication while testing their abilities against their peers in engaging and thought-provoking exercises. A good debater knows their topic, knows how to thoroughly prepare, and is able to utilize different strategies to further their argument. This year's Champion Debate Camp will be offered fully online with an emphasis on preparing debaters to compete in online debate tournaments in the Fall.

Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp is open to all students entering grades 8 through 12 in September 2020.

Cost is $2,500 per session.

Why attend the PCDC?
The Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp is for students interested in improving their public speaking and critical thinking skills. Students will learn how to write and deliver speeches, develop and refute arguments and persuade and adapt to different judges. In addition to these basic skills, students will learn advanced debate strategies, including how to run and respond to counterplans and critiques and how to deliver effective rebuttals. Students will also learn how to best engage in pre-tournament and pre-round preparation. The goal is to learn how to win rounds, tournaments and championships.
Who should attend the PCDC?
The Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp is most appropriate for students interested in the parliamentary style of debate. However, it is also suitable for students interested in Worlds, HSPDP, public forum or policy debate.  All practice debates will be in the parliamentary style of debate. 
The camp is appropriate for students with no or limited debate experience and students with extensive debate experience. The camp will ultimately help debaters of all levels reach the next level of debate competition.  Students transitioning from middle school to high school or novice to open debate will find the camp to be most helpful.

What are the technological requirements for the camp? 
Debaters will need a laptop or desktop computer with a strong and reliable network connection. Connecting by ethernet is safest and preferred. A webcam, microphone and headphones, which can be built into the laptop or desktop or external. A headset to facilitate clarity. Zoom account (free) and downloaded software.
What will the online version of the Polytechnic Champion Debate Camp look like? 
The substance of the online camp will be the same as the in person version with additional and special attention paid to establishing best practices for debating online in anticipation of online debate tournaments in the Fall. 

The camp will include a combination of synchronous and asynchronous instruction with a structured curriculum and online classroom filled with resources. Morning sessions will include lectures and group discussions over zoom. Lectures and discussions will cover core debate skills like public speaking, case writing, argument development, research strategies, rebuttal techniques, as well as, common debate topics like pandemics/public health, elections, criminal justice and foreign policy.  
Afternoon sessions will be exclusively dedicated to practice speeches and practice debates. Each debater should expect to deliver and receive feedback on an average of 2 speeches a day. While each debater will speak each afternoon, they will not need to be present for the entire afternoon. They only need to be present for their own speeches and debates. Debaters should spend the afternoon time before their debates preparing for their debates and the time after their debate preparing for the next day. Each lecture will be accompanied by recommended readings and/or videos to supplement student understanding and facilitate discussions.

The anticipated schedule:  
9:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. - Lecture/group discussion/reinforcement exercise
11: 00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m. - Lunch/prepare for speeches and debates
1:00 p.m.- 5 p.m. - Speeches/practice debates/rebuttal redos/preparation time

About the Coach

Rashad Evans is the Upper School Debate Coach at Polytechnic. Mr. Evans has extensive debate experience as a competitor and debate coach and in known as an argumentative innovator. In 2001, he won the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) national championship tournament becoming the first Black national debate champion. In 2013, he coached the first team to win the CEDA national debate championship and National Debate Tournament (NDT) in the same year. He has also coached numerous high school and college debaters to deep elimination rounds and high speaker awards at national competitions.

Mr. Evans has also taught some the best and most prestigious summer debate camps in the country, including at Columbia University, UC-Berkeley, UC-Irvine, University of Michigan, Wake Forest University, and Emory University. His classroom teaching experience also includes teaching public speaking and legal communications courses at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Florida.

Mr. Evans is also a lawyer. He attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania and was a corporate litigator at two of New York’s most prestigious law firms. He spends his spare time playing and watching sports and going on adventures with his Doberman Pinscher (Cleo).

Important Dates

6/22: PolySummer Online Begins
7/17: Last day of PolySummer Online

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