Policy Debate

Policy Debate

2-week Online Policy Debate Institute: June 6-18, 2021

Our mission is to help develop the next generation of policy debaters! The Emory National Debate Institute (ENDI) began in 1966 to support local and regional policy debaters who are committed to sharpening their burgeoning debate skills.  In 2021, the institute will move online for the first time in its long history, and to make sure we offer the highest quality experience for students who attend, we are once again focusing our 2-week policy camp on a very similar population to those who were served in the early years of the institute.  Specifically, the students who attend the 2021 ENDI should be students who:

  • Have debated for one to two years in policy debate, whether on the middle school or high school level
  • Wish to transition into their local JV & Open divisions
  • Know the basics of policy/cross-examination style debate. For example, students should be familiar with the responsibilities of each speech, speech order, case arguments, and disadvantages.  It would be helpful for students to be aware of topicality arguments, counterplans, and critiques even if they have not encountered them or excel at running them.

All instruction will build on this baseline knowledge of the format of debate, so we highly advise that students honestly attempt to meet the above criteria. (If you do not meet the above criteria, we would recommend joining our one-week Fundamentals of Debate, Deliberation, and Dialogue camp.) Our goal during the 2-week ENDI is to help students master those concepts through a combination of lectures, speech-based activities, and online debates. 

Over our 12-day camp, students will have 4-6 hours of synchronous instruction and/or debates daily, access to specialized asynchronous content such as videos from some of Emory’s national championship debaters and alumni, and the opportunity to engage in 1-2 hours of staff led fun every night! We understand that the demands of online education can be difficult, so we have made sure that there are breaks for families to have breakfast, lunch, and evenings together. Lastly, we believe that teaching debate, and especially teaching debate online, can be difficult; hiring many qualified instructors is a necessary part of any successful classroom. As such, we plan on keeping our staff-to-student ratio small while filling our staff with debate professionals. Our current staffing plan is that each lab will have 3 instructors and 16 students. Of those 3 instructors, we plan for at least 1 to have an advanced degree.

Please note that in order to participate in the policy debate institute, you will need to have Slack, Microsoft Word, and Zoom installed on your computer prior to the first day.  

Typical Daily Schedule (all times Eastern)

Sunday, June 6th

Meet the Staff:  7:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Fun Evening Activity:  8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Monday, June 7th – Friday, June 11th

Morning Lab:  10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
(synchronous – includes lectures, discussion, skills-based activities) 

Afternoon Lab:  1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(synchronous – includes skills-based activities, practice debates, critiquing demo debates)

 Asynchronous Activity:  On student’s own time
(videos or activities to enhance what is being taught in lab)

Fun Evening Activity (optional):  8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 12th 

Afternoon Lab:  1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Asynchronous Activity:  On student’s own time

Fun Evening Activity (optional):  8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, June 13th 

Office Hours:  1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Asynchronous Activity:  On student’s own time

Monday, June 14th – Friday, June 18th 

Morning Lab:  10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
(synchronous – includes lectures, discussion, skills-based activities)

Afternoon Lab:  1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
(synchronous – includes skills-based activities, practice debates, critiquing demo debates)

Asynchronous Activity:  On student’s own time
(videos or activities to enhance what is being taught in lab)

Fun Evening Activity (optional):  8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.