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HIGH SCHOOL PARLIAMENTARY DEBATE INSTITUTE

The Claremont Colleges Debate Union is the first and finest parliamentary debate institute for high school students. The instructional program offers rigorous instruction from the nation's top debate faculty, as well as opportunities for organized activities and making new friends at the end of the day. The parliamentary debate institute uses the beautiful facilities of Claremont McKenna College and other colleges of the Claremont consortium, featuring institutions ranked among of the nation's top liberal arts colleges.

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WHAT ABOUT THE FACULTY?

Faculty hiring is competitive. The CCPDI attracts an extraordinarily experienced faculty annually; the institute staff and/or the debaters they coached have appeared in the late elimination rounds of all nationally competitive college parliamentary and policy tournaments in the US , as well as late elimination rounds at international invitational tournaments at Oxford , Cambridge , and the Worlds Universities Championship. The faculty is limited to those individuals who have established a successful coaching career for five years or more. In fact, the faculty is so experienced that several of the staff have trained more college and high school debate faculty than many instructors at other summer debate institutes have taught students.

This year's faculty includes coaches of more than a dozen national and international debate champions; has teaching experience at more than 300 summer debate institute sessions; has coached college and high school national or state champions in multiple formats (parliamentary, policy, and Lincoln-Douglas) to address the diverse backgrounds and needs of parliamentary debaters; includes international debate consultants who have hosted debate institutes and instructional seminars in Italy, China, the United Kingdom, Slovenia, Serbia and Macedonia, the Czech Republic, Korea, and Croatia; includes the authors of 4 debate textbooks.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A TYPICAL DAY?

There are several small group discussions on debate theory and practice, 2-4 critiqued practice debates, elective sessions and open forums for student-choice regarding learning, and recreational and free time. Sessions are directed to difference levels of experience.

WHAT IS CAMPUS LIFE LIKE?

Claremont McKenna College is located in Claremont , California , about 35 miles east of Los Angeles . The city is a charming college town. Students live and work in supervised, air-conditioned college dormitories and other facilities. The summer institute is supervised by college conference personnel, institute staff, and resident assistants. Campus information, including links to other Claremont institutions and the city, is located at www.claremontmckenna.edu .