The Public Forum Debate Workshop
Public Forum Debate has now entered its second decade as a National Speech and Debate Association debate format. It has become the most widespread form of high school debate across the nation. Students from schools of many kinds have found lifelong skills and competitive success in Public Forum Debate. The Institute for Speech and Debate’s Public Forum Workshop has a unique approach to helping you become a part of this national movement, no matter what kind of school you attend or your level of experience.
Public Forum Debate is a two-on-two event where students debate monthly topics on the current issues of the day before a wide range of judges, from experienced debate coaches to informed community members, or "citizen judges." The staff at ISD is especially qualified to help you master Public Forum. They have extensive experience spanning 35 years in Policy, Congressional, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate and in the main Public Address events (Extemp, Original Oratory), both as championship-level competitors and as coaches. They draw heavily on this broad expertise to teach you how to succeed in PF.
Our Workshop will help you improve your basic researching and case creation skills. We will also develop your crossfire and refutation skills. Our comprehensive approach will enable you to advance round-winning arguments to a broad spectrum of critics. You will also work daily on delivery exercises to improve your public speaking skills in rounds, and which will enhance your overall effectiveness as a communicator.
The ISD’s senior staff members are lifelong and highly qualified high school teachers as well as coaches. They have been honored with awards for teaching and coaching excellence. They know the importance of a carefully designed program and of well-crafted lessons that stress active learning and mastery of skills and concepts. Their distinguished practice as teachers ensures that ISD's Public Forum Workshop is powerfully engaging and effective for students.
Typical Daily Schedule
8:00 - 8:50 am: Breakfast
9:00 am - 10:00 am: Topic Lecture on Possible Topics
10:00am - 12:30pm: Lab/Practicum/Hands-On-Experience
12:30 pm - 1:30: Lunch/Break
1:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Skills Lecture/Practicum and Lab
5:15 pm - 6:30 pm: Dinner
6:30 pm- 8:00 pm: Evening Session/Office Hours
After 8:00 pm: Commuters must depart campus
10:00 pm: Resident students must be inside the residence hall
11:00 pm: Room Check (resident students must be in their rooms at this time)
11 pm - 7 am: Quiet hours