We are excited to offer online training for parents, teachers, and coaches of elementary, middle school, and high school students who will be participating during the 2020-2021 school year. Elementary and middle school parents will be on Monday and Wednesday evenings, and high school parents will be on Tuesday and Thursday evening. The elementary and middle school training will cover the basics of Public Debate, and the High School program will cover the variety of high school events including Policy (CX), Public Forum, and Individual Speech Events.

Whether these adults are already connected with an existing debate program or are brand new to the activity, we’re ready to serve them. Adults can offer a lot of support to a team, serving as a coach, a club advisor, or as a booster parent. This training workshop is perfect for adults who are new to debate or looking to expand debate programs in their school or their student’s school. The instruction will be delivered live and will be recorded so that the material can be watched later. The Parents, Teachers and Coaches Training is the only program we will record for later watching because it doesn’t compromise the safety of minors to record.

Parents, teachers, and coaches can all benefit from the topics covered, including:

  • How debate can supplement your student’s education
  • How to start a club at your school
  • What an online tournament is like
  • Why debate looks great on college applications

Ready to sign up?

Sign up for Elementary/Middle School Parents, Teachers & Coaches here.

Elementary and middle school parents, teachers, and coaches meet on four Monday/Wednesday evenings — August 3, August 5, August 10, and August 12 — from 6pm to 8pm.

Sign up for High School Parents, Teachers, & Coaches here.

High school parents, teachers, and coaches meet on four Tuesday/Thursday evenings — August 4, August 6, August 11, and August 13 — from 6pm to 8pm.

Once you have enrolled and paid, you will be contacted by us within 24 hours with your enrollment survey. This is a Google survey specifically for the Parents,Teachers, and Coaches Training and will ask about your experience with debate and your expected time commitment during the upcoming school year. This information helps us to build the best program for you! Please add @sudl.org to your email whitelist in order to make sure you receive our emails.

If you have additional questions, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).