GDS Debate Workshop - Now FULLY ONLINE!

Due to the recent situation with COVID-19, the GDS Debate Summer Workshops are now fully online. All of our instructors are equipped with the highest quality online training available, and your child will be able to learn from some of the most experienced members of the debate community, all from the comfort of your home.

Why Choose the GDS Online Debate Summer Workshop?

The simple answer: Our Staff.

The debate camp staff at Global Debate Symposium provides the perfect blend of experienced educators and talented debaters. Every debate workshop in America will tout the successes of their younger staff; indeed, the accomplishments of ours are second to none. However, we know that great debaters do not become great teachers overnight.

  • Track Record - all senior staff have a demonstrated ability to teach debate at the highest level to any type of student
  • Balanced Teaching - younger debate workshop staff members are paired with older/experienced lab leaders
  • Unmatched Experience - NO summer debate institute has a senior staff with the collective teaching experience of Jonathan Alston (26 years), Chetan Hertzig (20 years), Aaron Timmons (38 years), Cindi Timmons (39 years), and Ed Williams (23 years).
  • Consistent Success - our staff is led by experienced educators who are actively coaching debate champions year in and year out! The students from Greenhill School, Harrison High School, Newark Science and Pace Academy and have been permanent fixtures in late elimination rounds of major national debate events across the country.
  • Important Values - educators understand importance of integrity, ethics, and the application of skills learned beyond the game of high school debate and speech.

What is different about our Online Workshop?

Our staff has extensive experience teaching using digital tools. Your student can benefit from:

Real Time Video Lectures

All of our lectures will allow staff and students to share video, share screens, and collaborate in real time.

Structured, Online Curriculum

Students will have a full calendar of guided, online curriculum, assignments, and activities.

Practice Debates & Speeches

Our online system allows for virtual practice debates with other students, speaking drills, and interactive learning.

Small Group Sessions

After group lectures, students can join small group video chat sessions where they can interact directly with staff and their peers.

Online Collaboration

Students can use online file collaboration to share research and work on their assignments.

Office Hours

Staff will be available during office hours to dedicate one-on-one time and work with your student.

What is the Daily Schedule for GDS Online Debate Camp?

Rest assured, not all days will be this long - our team of teachers & instructors has been hard at work on developing a curriculum that accommodates diverse learning styles, does not require students to spend 10+ hours at their computer a day, and is accessible to students across the country.

Sample Day:

9:00 AM EST - Office Hours (only for EST & CST students)

10:00 AM EST - Advisory (only for EST & CST students)

11:00 AM EST - Morning Lab

12:30 PM EST - Live Elective

2:00 PM EST - Lunch

3:00 PM EST - Instructional Block

4:30 PM EST - Instructional Block

5:30 PM EST Advisory (only for MST & PST students)

6:30 PM EST Office Hours (only for MST & PST students)

Rotating Lesson Plans:

Our Instructional Blocks will feature rotating lesson plans - our new online format provides us with exciting opportunities to try new curricula - students can expect instructional blocks to be filled with a variety of the following over their time at GDS 2020:

  • Reading Groups & Close Reading Sessions
  • Film Analysis
  • Case Writing Workshops
  • Lab Time
  • Drill Modules
  • Practice Debates

Which classes are offered at GDS Online Debate Camp?

Lincoln Douglas Debate Camp (more info)

  • June 28 - July 11, 2020 ($1,300)
  • June 28 - July 18, 2020 ($1,800)

Kritik Lab with NDT Champion Eli Smith (more info)

  • June 28 - July 11, 2020 ($1,500)
  • June 28 - July 18, 2020 ($1,800)

Congressional Debate Camp (more info)

  • June 28 - July 11, 2020 ($1,300)

World Schools Debate Camp (more info)

  • June 28 - July 11, 2020 ($1,300)

World Schools/Lincoln Douglas (more info)

  • June 28 - July 18, 2020 ($1,800)

Advanced Policy Strategies in Lincoln Douglas Lab (more info)

  • June 28 - July 11, 2020 ($1,300)

Lincoln Douglas Traditional Lab (more info)

  • June 28 - July 11, 2020 ($1,300)

Our Record of Success

Tournament championships won by our coaches and students from GDS debate camp:

Post season events:

The National Speech Debate Association, The Tournament of Champions, National Catholic Forensic League Championships, The National Debate Coaches Association Championships, Texas Forensic Association Champions, New York State Championships,  Georgia State Championships, and New Jersey State Championships

Regular Season Invitational Championships:

Apple Valley, Barkley Forum at Emory University, Bronx Science, University of California - Berkeley, Greenhill School, The Glenbrooks, Harvard University, Harvard-Westlake, St. Marks, Meadows

Round Robins:

Apple Valley Round Robin, Bronx Round Robin, Greenhill Round Robin, Harvard Westlake Round Robin, Newark Round Robin, Glenbrooks

World Schools Championships:

Greenhill School, Holy Cross, The Blake School, Harvard Westlake, International Worlds Schools Debate Tournaments in Ljutomer, Slovenia; Stuttgart, Germany; and the Winter Holiday Open held in Zagreb, Croatia. Aaron and Cindi Timmons also coach the USA Debate team for the National Speech and Debate Association and have coached the national team at the World School Debate Championship in Thailand, Singapore, Germany, and Bali, Indonesia. The United States debate team placed third in the World at the 2017 Championships under their coaching, the best finish for the United States since 1999!