ISD: Online  (June 27 - July 10, 2020 - Session 1)
ISD: Online  (July 12 - 25, 2020 - Session 2)

ISD: Online

2 Weeks
1 Week

ISD 2021 In-Person/ISD: Online 2020 Combo

Sign-up for two weeks of in-person camp at ISD 2021 and receive ISD: Online for free in 2020!
2 Weeks Residential
2 Weeks Commuter

Congressional Debaters compete in mock legislative sessions. Students develop leadership and communication skills as they propose laws, prepare position statements, debate, and ultimately vote on issues that are submitted. They gain a deep understanding of our civic structure and the process by which change is instituted through legislation.

How we teach | How students grow

Faculty work with campers to develop both their mastery of the Congressional Debate content as well as their speech and debate skills. Workshops cover topics ranging from legal framework to public policy. Students hone their skills in the areas of argumentation, refutation, and presentation. They practice using various research techniques, bill writing, parliamentary procedure, and style and rhetoric strategies. Faculty work closely with students, offering feedback and developing techniques that can help them succeed through to the final rounds of competition. Fully critiqued Congressional Debate sessions are an exciting part of these workshops.

Congressional Debate at ISD: Online

Different medium, same ISD Congress. All aspects of our curriculum that we’ve used to create a versatile, intriguing, championship-level program will remain the same. Students will: Access policy lectures to gain in-depth knowledge on all matters relevant to their content; participate in competitive sessions [whilst navigating a new platform, ah multi-tasking]; and receive individually tailored instruction from the best of the best. Students will see Congress through a new lens- literally.

Learn more about event-specific plans for ISD: Online here. These plans are a work in progress and more will be added as we get closer to this summer.

From Our Curriculum Director

"Our Congress curriculum emulates ISD's vision: Each student has a tailored experience to ensure success doesn't just come in the form of trophies or bids; it translates to larger platforms outside the round. Our program establishes and enhances a set of skills students use for great change, both in and out of the forensics community. That's the ISDDifference in action."

– Brittany Stanchik, Curriculum Director - Congressional Debate

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00 – 8:50am
9:00 – 11:00am
Content Lectures
11:00am – 12:30pm
Topic Research and Filing
12:30 – 1:30pm
1:30 – 3:30pm
Strategy and Technique Labs
3:30 – 5:00pm
Practice Session
5:15 – 6:30pm
6:30 – 8:00pm
Practice Session
After 8:00pm
Commuters must depart campus
Resident students must be inside their residence hall
Room Check (resident students must be in their rooms at this time)
11:00pm - 7:00am
Quiet Hours