Summer Think Tank * Coaches' Institute

Elevate Your Coaching Skills at Stanford this summer during the Speech and Debate Coaches' Clinic

Hosted on the stunning Stanford campus, our enriching workshop for adult coaches offers a unique opportunity to enhance your coaching abilities in competitive speech and debate. Covering team management as well as how to coach a variety of events from individual events and student congress to debate, this clinic is designed to provide coaches with the tools and techniques necessary to mentor and guide their students to success.

National-Level Coaching: Lead by Mikendra McCoy a CHSSA Hall of Fame Coach and president of the California High School Speech Association, this worksop will offer coaches access to learn from some of the most respected coaches in the country.  The coaches' clinic runs alongside our Competitive Speech and Debate student camps. In addition to coaching workshops lead by Ms. McCoy, participants will have the opportunity to watch some of the nation's top speech and debate coaches work with students one on one and in small group.  With years of experience and a proven track record of success at national tournaments, our instructors are dedicated to providing personalized guidance and mentorship to their students. Coaching Institute participants will gain insights into effective coaching strategies, argument development, delivery techniques, and tournament preparation from coaches actively engaged in the speech and debate community.

Practice-Intensive Curriculum: Our curriculum follows a rigorous yet engaging approach focused on practical application. Throughout the workshop, coaches will have the opportunity to watch student rounds and delve into coaching techniques tailored to each competitive event, with a focus on concept-to-application learning. This means learning new coaching strategies and immediately having the opportunity to practice them. Receive feedback to refine your coaching skills and ensure growth and understanding throughout the workshop.

Dynamic Tailoring Means Two Divisions, One Goal: Just as you tailor your coaching approach to each student, our workshop is designed to meet the diverse needs of coaches at every level. With separate lessons for novice and more experienced coaches, you'll receive instruction and challenges suited to your coaching experience. Before the workshop, we gather information through a survey to customize our sessions and ensure they meet the specific needs of our participant.s Whether you're new to coaching or looking to refine your skills, you'll find a supportive community of peers and mentors ready to help you succeed.

Don't Miss Out: Don't miss your chance to be part of this unparalleled opportunity to elevate your coaching skills, network with fellow coaches, and prepare to guide your students to success. Join us at Stanford University this summer for a transformative workshop that will empower you to excel as a speech and debate coach.

Week 1: Building Foundations

Day 1: Introduction to Coaching

  • Overview of coaching speech and debate
  • Understanding the role of a coach
  • Setting goals for program development

Day 2: Building a Successful Program

  • Strategies for program organization and management
  • Recruiting and retaining students
  • Establishing team culture and community

Day 3: Fundraising and Resource Management

  • Exploring fundraising strategies for speech and debate programs
  • Budgeting and resource allocation
  • Maximizing resources for program sustainability

Day 4: Curriculum Development

  • Designing a comprehensive curriculum for speech and debate classes
  • Integrating standards and educational objectives
  • Selecting appropriate materials and resources

Day 5: Running Your Program as an After-School Club

  • Effective strategies for managing after-school club activities
  • Balancing academics, extracurriculars, and competition
  • Engaging with school administration and support staff

Week 2: Advanced Coaching Techniques

Day 6: Individual Events Coaching

  • Techniques for coaching interpretation, platform, and limited preparation events
  • Providing feedback and guidance on performance and delivery
  • Developing effective practice routines

Day 7: Coaching Debate Events: Part 1

  • Introduction to debate formats (Policy, Lincoln-Douglas, Public Forum)
  • Understanding debate theory and argumentation
  • Coaching strategies for debate preparation and competition

Day 8: Coaching Debate Events: Part 2

  • Advanced techniques for debate case construction and rebuttals
  • Analyzing evidence and research strategies
  • Preparing students for tournament success

Day 9: Lab Visits and Special Sessions

  • Opportunities to visit lab groups and classes for specific event training
  • Guest lectures and workshops by experienced coaches and educators
  • Occasional access to the national-caliber staff of the regular camp sessions

Day 10: Resource Sharing and Final Reflection

  • Sharing of classroom resources and materials among coaches
  • Reflection on key takeaways and insights from the clinic
  • Development of action plans for implementing new strategies and techniques

Levels of Experience: The program is designed for beginning to intermediate level coaches, ranging from those with no prior experience to a few years of experience. Participants must be post-high school and at least 18 years of age. We cannot accept high school students or minors for this program.

Conclusion: The Two-Week Speech and Debate Coaches Clinic at Stanford University provides a comprehensive and immersive learning experience for coaches seeking to enhance their skills and knowledge in speech and debate coaching. Through structured discussions, hands-on activities, and access to experienced coaches, participants will leave the clinic equipped with the tools and resources to build and lead successful speech and debate programs.

A special session for coaches of speech and debate
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Sample Daily Schedule

At Camp Brainy Bunch, we include breaks, games, surprises, and play time throughout the day.
8:00 am AM Extended Care Begins
8:45 am Check-in Begins for All Campers
9:00 am Camp Community Building Activity
9:30 am Hands-on Curricular Activities
11:45 am Lunch
12:30 pm Camp Community Building Activity
12:40 pm Hands-on Curricular Activities
3:00 pm Check-out for Campers
3:00 pm PM Extended Care Begins
5:30 pm PM Extended Care Ends
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