July 19-21, 2022 | Online

Looking to engage your students and enliven your classroom? Debate-centered instruction (DCI) develops students’ critical thinking and skills, improves student writing, accelerates comprehension of course material and offers a host of ancillary benefits ranging from improved college readiness to greater retention and completion. And to top it all off, DCI is fun – for students and teachers alike!

Attendees will leave ready to use debate-as-pedagogy in any class. The Academy will address:

  • The fundamentals of argumentation pedagogy
  • The socio-emotional learning benefits of oral argumentation training
  • A variety of classroom-ready exercises that you can use immediately
  • A novel model of controversy that structures productive exchange of arguments

Tuition: $400 FREE

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Scholarships are available to qualified enrollees; discounts available for multiple enrollees from the same institution.

Your tuition covers access to all course materials, live lectures and exercises (as well as post-event access to recorded sessions) and a professional development certificate provided by the English-Speaking Union. University credit through Wichita State University, KS is available for an extra fee. All enrollees receive a one-semester subscription to Argutopia, a new online platform for arranging and managing classroom debates. Finally, all participants have access to office hours throughout the Fall ‘22 semester for individualized coaching and assistance from the training staff.

The DCI Academy will feature instruction from national leaders in academic debating, including:

Mike Harris, Executive Director of Ad Astra Debate, Director of Speech & Debate Wichita Southeast

Steve Johnson, CEO of Argutopia and Director of Debate at the University of Alaska

Megan West, Manager of Educational Partnerships for Collaborative Classrooms

Steve Fitzpatrick, Director of Debate at Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY

Jamelle McConnell-Brown, Sumner Academy of the Arts & Sciences, NFHS Speech Debate Theater

Dr. Josh Anderson, Olathe West High School, 2015 NFHS Debate Coach of the Year.

Byron Arthur, President/CEO of The Delores Taylor Arthur School for Young Men

Renee Motter, Air Academy High School, Co-chair of the NSDA’s Teacher Standards Committee

David Abel, Founding Partner of Ad Astra Debate, Governor’s Appointee to KSHSAA

Pam McComas, Emporia State University Education Supervisor, Multiple Teacher Hall of Fames.