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Public Speaking Institute

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Too many young people have something to say but do not have the tools to speak in public effectively and with comfort. Sharpening communication abilities helps young people succeed in a world that demands confidence, articulation and the ability to clearly communicate ideas. By building superior speaking skills, students will prepare to excel in school, attain their dream jobs, defend their beliefs and values, and become leaders in their schools and communities.

Education Unlimited is the national leader in providing noncompetitive public speaking summer programs for kids and teens. Education Unlimited was founded in 1993 by a group of speech and debate coaches who developed our innovative curriculum. Today, our curriculum directors and on-site faculty and staff include coaches at some of the nation’s premiere high schools and universities and former speech, debate, and mock trial competitors who reached national levels of success.

5 Reasons to Focus on Public Speaking This Summer!

  1. Public speaking is a necessary and indispensable life skill, and most people are called upon to speak in public at some point in their lives.

  2. Public speaking improves research and organization abilities- crucial skills for high school and college success.

  3. Employers rank public speaking as one of the top skills they look for in employees. Students can get a head start on their dream careers by developing skills that will translate in the workforce.

  4. Speech and debate activities involve “active construction of knowledge.” Students have the opportunity to synthesize, analyze, and utilize new information, rather than merely memorizing facts. According to Communication Education, debate can increase critical thinking skills by 44% in one year and high school reading skills by as much as 25% in one year.

  5. Speech helps develop social skills, such as confidence, eye contact, poise, and articulation.


2014 Public Speaking Institute Staff Members Include:

Education Unlimited - Elizabeth Bull (Camp Director)

Elizabeth Bull, Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast, Gulf Coast, and the LA Review of Books, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She’s worked in original series development at AMC during the creation of “Mad Men and “Breaking Bad,” and has written and directed several short films. Recently, she co-wrote the feature film “Song of Sway Lake,” and regularly collaborates with writers/directors as a reader and guide. Elizabeth has also co-produced two feature films, and a television series for Fuse.

She graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television with a BA and The New School with an MFA. She studied directing at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology on a Rotary International Fellowship and taught writing at the University of Zadar in Croatia on a Fulbright Fellowship.  Elizabeth has taught writing with Education Unlimited for seven years, and started directing the A+ and Emerging Writers Institute programs in 2010.  


Education Unlimited - Annie Nguyen (Sally Ride Science Camp Director)

Annie Nguyen, Sally Ride Science Camp Director

Annie T. Nguyen is a graduate of UC San Diego. In 2011 she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution, with minors in Science Education and History. She is also an alumna of Phi Sigma Rho, a national Greek organization for women in science and engineering. While an undergraduate, Annie worked with various campus organizations to advocate for campus and surrounding habitat ecology through natural history tours and publications. She is primarily trained as an insect ecologist but has an immense appreciation for all areas of science. Her philosophy on teaching bears that “Science is all around us—anyone has the capacity to recognize and utilize it, it is just a matter of knowing where to start.” 

In 2012, Annie completed her science credential and earned a Master of Education degree from UC San Diego. Since then, she has been a chemistry and environmental science teacher at Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, CA. Aside from science, her interests in education include social equity for students of ethnic minority backgrounds and advocacy of young women in the sciences.  Additionally, she is an active ally of the LGBT community. Ms. Nguyen is excited to join us as the Director for the Sally Ride Science Camp at UC San Diego!.

In her rare and spare time, Annie enjoys the study, science, exploration, making and consumption of food from all over the world. Cooking for others is her favorite way of expressing love.


Education Unlimited - Aditi Sriram (EWI Camp Director)

Aditi Sriram, EWI Camp Director

Aditi Sriram's writing has appeared in Narratively, The Brooklyn Rail, and Guernica Magazine, among other publications, covering fiction, essays, non-fiction reporting, and author interviews with Pulitzer Prize winners. Aditi has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, hitchhiked along the Red Sea in Egypt, trekked into hidden stepwells in New Delhi, and befriended 70-year old strangers, all for the sake of a story. She has lived in New York City for the past ten years, where she has written her way through jobs in financial consulting, book publishing, an environmental non-profit, an a storytelling performance series. She studied Math and Economics at Columbia University, and then did a Master's in Creative Writing at The New School. Aditi is working on a novel She has adapted parts of her novel-in-progress and other stories for “harikatha,” an ancient Indian oral storytelling tradition comprising speech, song, and prayer.


Education Unlimited - Aaron Walker (Camp Director and PSAT and Writing Instructor)

Aaron Walker, Camp Director and PSAT and Writing Instructor

 

Dr. Walker earned his B.A. in English with Honors at the Arizona State University (ASU). He acquired both his M.A. and Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Southern California (USC).
 
He currently serves as an Assistant Director and Program Specialist with the USC McNair Scholars Program, Office of Undergraduate Programs, a Division of the USC Office of the Provost. His responsibilities include graduate school advising, teaching writing and research methods, program planning, and fiscal and budget management. 
 
As an instructor, advisor, and coordinator, he has acquired extensive experiences working with high school students, undergraduates, and graduate students. He has taught and advised high school students preparing for college, undergraduates preparing for graduate school, and graduate students preparing their research for publications and conferences. The student populations he has served over the years have been truly diverse in every aspect, including: 
domestic and international students; students from historically underrepresented minority backgrounds; students coming from low to high socioeconomic households; students designated as academically gifted; and students with 
distinct learning disabilities. 
 
In the capacity of an academic writing and research methods instructor, Dr. Walker has taught and advised USC Undergraduates (McNair Scholars) and USC Ph.D. Students (EDGE Fellows). He is well-versed on research writing and 
protocols, familiar with qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods approaches.
 
Dr. Walker is a distinguished debater, participating in debate teams where he has competed nationally during his high school and undergraduate years. During his last year in high school he was recruited by UC Berkeley, USC, and ASU for 
their debate teams (he decided to attend ASU). As an undergraduate and throughout his graduate school years he assumed a leadership role as a debate coach for high school youth competing in local and national-level debate tournaments. 
 
While at USC, Dr. Walker has designed and taught classes on argumentative writing, research methods, and critical analysis. Between 2006 and 2011, he was an assistant lecturer with the USC Writing Program. In 2008, he began serving 
in an administrative capacity as a coordinator, where he supervised and mentored other writing instructors in course development and management. Additionally, he was a liaison between the Writing Department and USC faculty that 
teach related courses, and was also responsible for attending meetings with department chairs. 
 
 


Education Unlimited - Brianna Broady (Public Speaking Instructor)

Brianna Broady, Public Speaking Instructor

Brianna is a second year graduate student at California State University Northridge and a teaching associate covering the fundamentals of public speaking courses. Also, Brianna is the assistant speech coach for the Matador Speech and Debate team, specializing in interpretive events, limited preparation, as well as platform speaking. This past semester, Brianna was the recipient of the 2014 Richard B. Aronstam - Dedicated Service to Forensics, Speech and Debate Team Award at CSUN. Within the realm of Communication Studies, her interests lie within the field of performance studies and intercultural communication studies. Brianna has been coaching and competing in forensics for the past six years at the collegiate level. As an undergraduate, she competed for 4 years as a Matador in the events of informative speaking, poetry, programmed oral interpretation, prose, and impromptu speaking. Brianna was also the first person in CSUN's history to qualify for the National Individual Event Tournament all four years that she competed. She values the art of learning through speaking competitions as well as the camaraderie within the community of speech and debate. Born and raised behind the enticing curtain of Orange County, Brianna Broady taught public speaking with three Education Unlimited programs last year and is delighted to return. In her spare time, Brianna enjoys swimming and coaching, expanding her boards on Pinterest, and watching Netflix. 


Education Unlimited - Robert Egan (Camp Director)

Robert Egan, Camp Director

Robert Egan has been both an instructor since 2005 and a program director since 2010 for Education Unlimited. He was previously the debate coach for the Sage Ridge School in Reno, Nevada. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2008. While there, he continued competing in collegiate parliamentary debate, both nationally and internationally, through the Chicago Debate Society. He has directed programs focusing on public speaking, competitive debate, and college admissions/SAT prep at UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Tufts University for Education Unlimited. He also has privately tutored math, critical reasoning/reading, writing, and the SAT/ACT. 


Education Unlimited - Lauren Elmore (Assistant Director & Study Skills Instructor)

Lauren Elmore, Assistant Director & Study Skills Instructor

Lauren Elmore is a Ph.D. candidate in English literature and gender studies at the University of Southern California. She has taught freshman composition at USC for seven semesters, and she also has three years of experience as an SAT and GRE prep tutor. She holds bachelor's degrees in English and journalism from The University of Georgia, minored in film studies, and will always prefer SEC football over Pac 12.


Education Unlimited - Robert  Loy (Public Speaking Instructor)

Robert Loy, Public Speaking Instructor

Robert received his Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies in 2012 and

recently completed his course work for his Master's Degree in Communication Studies. While at CSUN, he was also a teaching associate covering the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation courses. Robert was also the assistant debate coach for the Matador Speech and Debate team, specializing in policy, Lincoln Douglas, and public forum debate. This past semester, Robert was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Teaching Associate Award, 2014 Dean's Recognition - Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and the 2014 Richard B. Aronstam - Dedicated Service to Forensics, Speech and Debate Team Award at CSUN. As a scholar, his interests lie within the field of postmodern rhetoric, intercultural communication studies and most recently, performance studies. Robert has been coaching and competing in forensics for 8 years at the high school and collegiate level. As an undergraduate, he competed for 4 years as a Matador in the events of policy debate, parliamentary debate, impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. He values learning and competitive success, but also likes to having fun in the process. Robert taught at four Education Unlimited camps last year and is excited to teach at four more camps this year, covering public speaking and argumentation. In his spare time, Robert enjoys going to various baseball stadiums (Dodger Stadium is so far the best), watching MMA/UFC fighting events, visiting Disneyland/California Adventure and eating at new food truck venues.


Education Unlimited - Grant Walker (PSAT Instructor)

Grant Walker, PSAT Instructor

I attended the University of Pennsylvania for my undergraduate studies, receiving my BA in 2006, with a double major in Cognitive Science and Communication. After college, I worked as a Research Assistant at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute in Philadelphia, investigating the impact of stroke on language functions. I am currently pursuing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of California, Irvine. I am a recipient of the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship, as well as the National Merit Scholarship. 


Education Unlimited - Jake Wasserman (Public Speaking and Leadership Camp Director)

Jake Wasserman, Public Speaking and Leadership Camp Director

Jake Wasserman is excited to be returning for his 16th summer with Education Unlimited, and to be meeting one of your children as his 3000th camper.  Since 1997, Jake has participated in the launching of 6 EU programs, including the first Public Speaking and Computer camps, the first Elementary camp, and now the High School Leadership camp. During the September to May "off-season," Jake works on college readiness, career preparation, and civic development for students in the Oakland Unified School District.  He is currently a graduate student at Mills College, pursuing a joint MBA and Educational Leadership MA, focusing on the role of public school as the incubator for future citizens.  He is proud to be a first generation Oaklander, a second generation UC undergrad, and an ongoing contributor to the Black Rock City temporary autonomous zone, a participant research lab experiment in volunteerism conducted by 50,000 people each year in the white sands desert of north west Nevada.  He will be the lead instructor for the group projects during the leadership camp at Stanford, and will be helping students translate their passions for change into a workable strategy and design, learning along the way how to amplify their own efforts through the contributions of others.


Education Unlimited - Steven Wolkoff (SAT Instructor )

Steven Wolkoff, SAT Instructor

Steven Wolkoff is Education Unlimited's SAT instructor for all of our College Admissions Prep Camps and the students and parents love him for great reason!

Steven graduated from Dartmouth College with an honors English major.  He has worked as a College Counselor/SAT tutor for over twelve years including providing private SAT instruction for students from across the globe.  Steven currently lives in Los Angeles, CA.  In addition to tutoring, Steven works as a painter - he has shown in galleries in Los Angeles, New York, and Beijing.  He also recently finished writing his first novel.

[My SAT instructor] gets an A+++++++! He was very attentive, and took time to look at questions for each person outside of class. I'm quite confident now about the SAT -- I'm faster and I have more experience -- and I scored a 2150 on the last practice test. A great improvement!

   - 2013 College Admission Prep Camp Participant
 

 


We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed.


2013 Public Speaking Institute Staff Members Include:

Education Unlimited - Elizabeth Bull (Camp Director)

Elizabeth Bull, Camp Director

Elizabeth Bull is a writer and filmmaker. Her writing has been published in various journals, including H.O.W. Journal, Third Coast, Gulf Coast, and the LA Review of Books, and has been nominated for two Pushcart Prizes. She’s worked in original series development at AMC during the creation of “Mad Men and “Breaking Bad,” and has written and directed several short films. Recently, she co-wrote the feature film “Song of Sway Lake,” and regularly collaborates with writers/directors as a reader and guide. Elizabeth has also co-produced two feature films, and a television series for Fuse.

She graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television with a BA and The New School with an MFA. She studied directing at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design, and Technology on a Rotary International Fellowship and taught writing at the University of Zadar in Croatia on a Fulbright Fellowship.  Elizabeth has taught writing with Education Unlimited for seven years, and started directing the A+ and Emerging Writers Institute programs in 2010.  


Education Unlimited - Brianna Broady (Public Speaking Instructor)

Brianna Broady, Public Speaking Instructor

Brianna is a second year graduate student at California State University Northridge and a teaching associate covering the fundamentals of public speaking courses. Also, Brianna is the assistant speech coach for the Matador Speech and Debate team, specializing in interpretive events, limited preparation, as well as platform speaking. This past semester, Brianna was the recipient of the 2014 Richard B. Aronstam - Dedicated Service to Forensics, Speech and Debate Team Award at CSUN. Within the realm of Communication Studies, her interests lie within the field of performance studies and intercultural communication studies. Brianna has been coaching and competing in forensics for the past six years at the collegiate level. As an undergraduate, she competed for 4 years as a Matador in the events of informative speaking, poetry, programmed oral interpretation, prose, and impromptu speaking. Brianna was also the first person in CSUN's history to qualify for the National Individual Event Tournament all four years that she competed. She values the art of learning through speaking competitions as well as the camaraderie within the community of speech and debate. Born and raised behind the enticing curtain of Orange County, Brianna Broady taught public speaking with three Education Unlimited programs last year and is delighted to return. In her spare time, Brianna enjoys swimming and coaching, expanding her boards on Pinterest, and watching Netflix. 


Education Unlimited - Alan Campfield (Public Speaking Instructor)

Alan Campfield, Public Speaking Instructor

Alan Campfield is excited to be returning to Education Unlimited’s Public Speaking Institute this year.   Normally teaching at the college level, his return to working with PSI stems from his very positive experience with EU in the past.  Teaching is his passion, and by teaching in varying conditions to different age groups, he’s learned that to better understand how to approach material in a way that is both clear and effective, you need to break out of your routine and challenge yourself to look at things from a different perspective.

Holding a Masters degree in communication studies from California State University, Northridge, he’s studied rhetoric and persuasion from several angles.  With his experience both coaching competitors and judging at college-level speech and debate tournaments, his ability to identify exactly what makes a good speech or argument makes for a perfect match in guiding students to learn in a classroom environment. 

He currently teaches public speaking at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California.


Education Unlimited - Robert Egan (Camp Director)

Robert Egan, Camp Director

Robert Egan has been both an instructor since 2005 and a program director since 2010 for Education Unlimited. He was previously the debate coach for the Sage Ridge School in Reno, Nevada. He received his undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2008. While there, he continued competing in collegiate parliamentary debate, both nationally and internationally, through the Chicago Debate Society. He has directed programs focusing on public speaking, competitive debate, and college admissions/SAT prep at UCLA, UC Berkeley, Stanford, and Tufts University for Education Unlimited. He also has privately tutored math, critical reasoning/reading, writing, and the SAT/ACT. 


Education Unlimited - Samuel Haley-Hill (Public Speaking and Acting Instructor)

Samuel Haley-Hill, Public Speaking and Acting Instructor

Sam Haley-Hill graduated from University of California at Berkeley with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies (2006).

 
He then attended Brown University/Trinity Rep where he earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in acting.
 
He has performed as a professional actor in front of audiences all over the world.  As a teacher, he has worked in the United States and Hong Kong teaching debate, English, and Drama. For the past several years Sam has taught acting at the collegiate level and is currently teaching Public Speaking at UC Berkeley. 


Education Unlimited - Robert  Loy (Public Speaking Instructor)

Robert Loy, Public Speaking Instructor

Robert received his Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies in 2012 and

recently completed his course work for his Master's Degree in Communication Studies. While at CSUN, he was also a teaching associate covering the fundamentals of public speaking and argumentation courses. Robert was also the assistant debate coach for the Matador Speech and Debate team, specializing in policy, Lincoln Douglas, and public forum debate. This past semester, Robert was the recipient of the 2014 Outstanding Teaching Associate Award, 2014 Dean's Recognition - Outstanding Graduate Student Award, and the 2014 Richard B. Aronstam - Dedicated Service to Forensics, Speech and Debate Team Award at CSUN. As a scholar, his interests lie within the field of postmodern rhetoric, intercultural communication studies and most recently, performance studies. Robert has been coaching and competing in forensics for 8 years at the high school and collegiate level. As an undergraduate, he competed for 4 years as a Matador in the events of policy debate, parliamentary debate, impromptu speaking and extemporaneous speaking. He values learning and competitive success, but also likes to having fun in the process. Robert taught at four Education Unlimited camps last year and is excited to teach at four more camps this year, covering public speaking and argumentation. In his spare time, Robert enjoys going to various baseball stadiums (Dodger Stadium is so far the best), watching MMA/UFC fighting events, visiting Disneyland/California Adventure and eating at new food truck venues.



Upcoming Camps

American Legal Experience

American Legal Experience offers high school students a unique opportunity to learn public speaking skills through a concentrated focus on the American judicial system. The adversarial nature of the American legal system places a premium on effective communication and persuasion through well-reasoned arguments. Therefore, our focus on this system provides students with an exciting and challenging medium for the development of speaking skills.

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Public Speaking Institute - Advanced Program

Held at Stanford University, the Advanced Public Speaking Institute is designed for high school students who are already comfortable speaking in public and are prepared to make their voices heard.

Students have access to our most experienced speech and debate faculty, trusted instructors and coaches who gently push the students to hone their speaking abilities and excel in their persuasive pursuits. Furthermore, students have the unique opportunity to explore the s...

Public Speaking Institute - Regular Program

Designed to help students build confidence in their public speaking skills, our Public Speaking Institute trains students in public speaking, logic and rhetoric through an interactive and dynamic curriculum that encourages incremental progress through ongoing practice and exercise. Over the course of the program, students will participate in three main courses: Debate, Persuasive Speaking, and an elective.

Debate

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