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Public Speaking Institute - 4th-5th Grades

Education Unlimited's programming for rising 4th and 5th graders begins with public speaking and debate, because we believe in the power of helping kids to develop their own authentic voices.  When students can think critically, quickly organize their thoughts, and present with confidence, they will have the power to advocate for themselves and the ideas that are important to them.

The Public Speaking Institute for our youngest campers is divided into 2 half-day courses: Debate and Public Speaking. Each week, students will choose a major focus area: Debate or Public Speaking.  Majors are decided at the time of registration, depending on which week you register for. Students may repeat the course up to two times, doing each major once. Many families choose to do two weeks of PSI, that way children have the opportunity to master a spectrum of public speaking and debate skills.

Major options for summer 2021:

Pacific Time

June 7 Debate 2

June 21 Public Speaking

July 5 Public Speaking

July 12 Public Speaking and Debate

July 19 Public Speaking

July 26 Debate

Aug 2 - Debate


Eastern

June 7 Public Speaking

June 19 Debate

July 26 Public Speaking


Click here for a downloadable information sheet. 

Don’t see a class you want in your time zone? Check other time zones to flexibly fit your needs!


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 5-day program, students will participate in two main courses: Public Speaking and Debate.


Each week, students will choose a major focus area: Debate or Public Speaking. Students may repeat the course up to two times doing each major once. 

Debate

Learn the art of verbal combat! Students will learn how to construct persuasive positions, defend against and attack each other’s arguments, and cross-examine effectively. Students will debate a variety of age-and experience-appropriate topics, form teams, and pit themselves against their co-campers. Past debate topics have included “Should schools mandate uniforms?” and "Should junk food be allowed in school vending machines?"  Students will learn how to argue both sides of each resolution, craft arguments, participate in cross-examinations, and deliver powerful rebuttals to their opponent's arguments. 

Public Speaking: Delivery / Persuasive Speaking 

Students develop their own authentic voice as they learn to craft and deliver convincing speeches. We begin the week with exercises to practice delivery skills such as voice, gestures, timing, and intonation. When students display comfort with delivery, they will begin to construct speeches based on a topic of their choosing. Students learn to refine atopic, establish captivating introductions, organize speech content, and deliver compelling conclusions! The focus is on speaking in a natural voice, with few or no notes, rather than writing an essay and merely reading it out loud, the form of "public speaking" taught by most teachers. All students end the week by presenting a speech to their fellow campers. 

For Summer 2021, this course will be offered ONLINE!


Each week, students will choose a major focus area: Debate or Public Speaking. Students may repeat the course up to two times doing each major once.

Classes meet from 9 am to 12:30 pm Monday - Friday

East Coasters, who wish to take an afternoon class, should select the Pacific Time courses for a 12:00 pm start.


Click here for a downloadable information sheet. 

Don’t see a class you want in your time zone? Check other time zones to flexibly fit your needs!

Program Grades Location Start Date End Date Price Options Register
Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th 4 - 5 Online Programs - Pacific Time Zone Jun 21, 2021 Jun 25, 2021 Enroll
Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th 4 - 5 Online Programs - Pacific Time Zone Jul 5, 2021 Jul 9, 2021 Enroll
Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th 4 - 5 Online Programs - Pacific Time Zone Jul 12, 2021 Jul 16, 2021 Enroll
Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th 4 - 5 Online Programs - Pacific Time Zone Jul 12, 2021 Jul 16, 2021 Enroll
Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th 4 - 5 Online Programs - Eastern Time Zone Jul 19, 2021 Jul 23, 2021 Enroll
Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th 4 - 5 Online Programs - Pacific Time Zone Jul 19, 2021 Jul 23, 2021 Enroll
Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th 4 - 5 Online Programs - Eastern Time Zone Jul 26, 2021 Jul 30, 2021 Enroll
Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th 4 - 5 Online Programs - Pacific Time Zone Jul 26, 2021 Jul 30, 2021 Enroll
Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th 4 - 5 Online Programs - Pacific Time Zone Aug 2, 2021 Aug 6, 2021 Enroll

Price Options for Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th

Day Camp $495.00

Price Options for Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th

Day Camp $495.00

Price Options for Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th

Day Camp $495.00

Price Options for Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th

Day Camp $495.00

Price Options for Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th

Day Camp $495.00

Price Options for Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th

Day Camp $495.00

Price Options for Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th

Day Camp $495.00

Price Options for Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th

Day Camp $495.00

Price Options for Public Speaking Institute 4th-5th

Day Camp $495.00

Click here for a downloadable information sheet. 


Don’t see a class you want in your time zone? Check other time zones to flexibly fit your needs!

On-line Program Schedule PSI 4th-5th

Each week, students will choose a major focus area: Debate or Public Speaking.
Students may repeat the course up to two times doing each major once.

Classes meet 9:00 am to 12:30 pm Monday - Friday 

** Includes a 30-min break plus shorter breaks as needed.

** For the week of July 20, the Pacific Timezone course will meet from 10am to 1:30pm


On-Campus Sample Schedule PSI 4th-5th

8:00 am Breakfast in the dining hall (overnight campers)
9-9:15 am Extended day camper check-in
9:15 am Delivery class
12:00 pm Lunch in the dining hall (included for all campers)
1:15 pm Afternoon recreation
1:45 pm Debate class
5:30 pm Dinner in the dining hall (included for all campers)
6:30 pm Evening elective classes
8:00 pm Evening recreation activities
9:00 pm Extended day camper check-out
10:00 pm Floor check
10:30 pm Room check

Education Unlimited believes in small-group, immersive learning with subject matter experts and experienced teachers. We strive to provide industry-leading instruction to all of our students and hold all staff to the highest possible standards. Staff assignments vary by program and location. Some of our recent staff members for this program include:

Brianna Broady, MA - Camp Director and Instructor

Brianna Broady is a lecturer with a Master of Arts in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge in Southern California.  Brianna teaches classes at several Southern California colleges in Communication Studies in her primary areas of interest: performance studies and intercultural communication studies.  A seasoned debater and coach, Brianna has brought extensive experience to her roles as both a public speaking instructor and camp director for Education Unlimited since 2012.  

As Director of Individual Events for Santa Monica College, Brianna coaches students in competitive public speaking in a variety of disciplines. During her undergraduate years at California State University, Northridge she competed in events ranging from informative speaking to programmed oral interpretation. Brianna was the first person in the history of the school to qualify for the prestigious National Individual Event Tournament of Champions all four years that she competed.

John Kephart, PhD - Camp Director and Instructor

Dr. John Kephart III is an associate professor at California State University, Northridge.  Dr. Kephart has a PhD in Rhetorical Theory and Criticism from the University of Southern California.  A member of the Education Unlimited team since 2008, Dr. Kephart has served as instructor, director and curriculum designer.  He helped to develop the curriculum for both the A+ Pre College and A+ High School summer camp programs.  Dr. Kephart has a teaching philosophy that values students’ active engagement in their own learning; he focuses on encouraging students to find their own voice and perspective on contemporary issues, helping them to be more avid learners, and more engaged citizens.

In addition to his faculty position, Dr. Kephart is also the director of the speech and debate program at CSU Northridge; he has over 16 years of experience coaching debate competitors of all ages.  A Los Angeles native and avid Dodgers fan, Dr. Kephart received his Masters of Arts and Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from The University of Southern California.

Robert Loy, MA - Instructor

Robert Loy is an assistant professor of Communication Studies at Los Angeles Pierce College. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge. Since 2014, he has been a lecturer at CSU Northridge in the areas of public speaking and argumentation.  A director with Education Unlimited since 2013, Robert has dedicated time throughout his career to ensure youth gain access to knowledge and skills to prepare them for college and career success.

Robert has received recognition throughout his academic career, most notably the Outstanding Teaching Associate Award and Outstanding Graduate Student Award of 2014 during his time at CSUN.  He has tutored for Project GRAD Los Angeles and worked with students in the Los Angeles Unified School District AVID Program. In his free time, Robert enjoys going to various baseball stadiums (Dodger Stadium is so far the best), visiting Disneyland/California Adventure and eating at new food truck venues.

Hershini Gopal - Instructor

Hershini is an experienced paralegal and mock trial competitor bound for UCLA School of Law in the fall of 2018.  She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland. During her undergraduate years, Hershini worked for the United Nations Environmental Programme in Washington D.C. where she helped prepare for the 2015 Paris Climate Summit.  She also spent two years working as a paralegal for the Department of Justice. In addition to her work in D.C., Hershini was also a Mock Trial competitor for the University of Maryland for three years, and upon graduation she returned to her hometown of Denver, Colorado where she coached her former high school mock trial team to the state finals.

As a Colorado native, Hershini enjoys skiing and warming up afterward with vast quantities of chai.