ISD: Colorado  (June 22 - July 5, 2020 at University of Colorado - Boulder in Boulder, CO!)
ISD: Florida  (June 27 - July 10, 2020 at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL)
ISD: Carolina  (July 12 - 25, 2020 at Queens University of Charlotte in Charlotte, NC)

Residential Program

(all-inclusive room and board)
2 Weeks
1 Week

Commuter Program

(lunch and dinner only)
2 Weeks
1 Week
Public Forum Debate students participate in opposing teams of two. They debate topics on the current issues of the day. Each team presents their case and then has the opportunity to engage in rebuttals, refutation, and crossfire. A wide range of judges can be seen at these events - from experienced debate coaches to informed community members known as "citizen judges."

How we teach | How students grow

During workshops, we help students improve their research techniques and build their cases with evidence. We work daily on improving critical thinking and delivery skills which strengthen our students' verbal and nonverbal communication. In addition, we develop cross-examination and refutation skills so students learn to defend their positions. Our comprehensive approach develops life-skills that help students to advance round-winning arguments to a broad spectrum of critics.

From Our Curriculum Director

"I appreciate the community that ISD creates so that students have a network of friends from all over the nation. I have taught, visited, and sent students to a variety of national summer institutes but ISD is the only one that is truly student-centered, bringing experienced classroom speech and debate teachers and competitive education-focused former debaters together to create a student experience that is second to none.”

– Carol Green Dennis, Curriculum Director - Public Forum

Typical Daily Schedule

8:00 - 8:50am
9:00 - 10:00am
Topic Lecture on Possible Topics
10:00am - 12:30pm
12:30 - 1:30pm
1:30 - 5:00pm
Skills Lecture/Practicum and Lab
5:15 - 6:30pm
6:30 - 8:00pm
Evening Session/Office Hours
Commuters must depart campus
Resident students must be inside the residence hall
11:00pm - 7:00 am
Room Check (resident students must be in their rooms at this time)
11:00pm - 7:00am
Quiet Hours