Congressional Debate Course for 5-7 graders

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 11o N Santa Cruz Ave Los Gatos CA 95030  See map

110 N Santa Cruz Ave, Suite C, Los Gatos, CA 95030
408-384-2419 510-713-9019

Bay Area Debate Academy is offering a Congressional Debate Course for 5-7 graders on Saturdays from 10:00 to 1130am.

In this class your student will play the role of a U.S. Senator and learn a lifelong life skill!
Student Congress, the first course in our ongoing Debate Class Series, is a mock legislative session. Students are assigned to debate pre
assigned "bills" or"resolutions." Previous topics have included video games, school uniforms, cell phones, juvenile justice, presidential pardon power, fast food and wild mustang roundups. Students will be held to a higher standard of behavior and decorum than many of the members of Congress.

After this course students will improve their ability to:

Analyze debatable issues

Research topics

Organize ideas

Make thoughtful, engaging, and clear presentations

Listen actively and take thorough notes

Refute arguments of their opponents

Students learn team building as they discover the difference between simply arguing and the rules and procedures of debate.

Congressional Debate is a prerequisite for all other forms of debate including Intermediate, Advanced and Competitive Debate.

Debate activities enhances reading comprehension, increases GPA, and looks excellent on high school and college applications. Students with debate training also score higher on standardized tests.

As Minh A. Luong, an Associate Director at Yale University says: " In my opinion, there is no better activity that will develop essential academic, professional, and life skills than dedicated involvement in speech and debate.Colleges and employers are actively seeking these skills and when it comes to selecting extracurricular activities, like many other things in life, those savvy high school students who will win admission to the best schools will select quality over quantity."http://www.nflonline.org/uploads/Rostrum/crnov00_luongcollegeadmissions.pdf

A teacher of this class Jennifer Brooks comes to Young Genius with over four years of coaching and tutoring experience. She is the 2007 California High School Speech Association (CHSSA) state champion in Expository speaking and has won several national invitationals, including the Stanford, U.C. Berkeley, and Martin Luther King Jr. Tournaments. In college, Jennifer worked as a speech coach for James Logan High School's nationally-acclaimed Forensics team in Platform Speaking.
Jennifer graduated with a B.A. in Architecture from UC Berkeley with minors in Sustainable Design and City & Regional Planning.

The director of our debate program Don Heinsohn began his own career in debate in 1971. Since 1985, when he first began coaching debate, he has worked with numerous State and National Finalists and Champions in a variety of events, and his team won the California State Championship. Don holds a Triple Diamond Coaching Award from the National Forensics League, and in 2007 he worked with the State Champion team in Public Forum Debate. Don holds a degree in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a teaching credential from Humbolt State University. Currently he teaches history and coaches debate at James Logan High School in Union City, and he also brings his extensive experience to Young Genius and other speech/debate schools in the Bay Area as a Debate Coach and instructor.

If you are interested in this or other our class, please fill out a contact on our website: http://www.bayareadebate.com/Contact_Us.html and we will contact you shortly, or call the owner of Bay Area Debate Academy Helen at 408-384-2419



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