Saturday, May 21, 2016

8:00 am to 9:00 am    Opening Breakfast and Welcome

9:00 am to 10:15 am    Starting and Sustaining a Middle School Debate Program
                                           Karina Momary (Harker School, CA) will describe how to start a middle school debate team at your school and give tips for how to succeed as a middle                                                school debate coach.

10:15 am to 10:30 am    Break

10:30 am to 11:45 am    Best Coaching Practices for Managing Risk and Liability
                                             Attorneys Jordana Sternberg and Lane Bearden will present advice about constructing policies and practices for your debate team that help to minimize                                                risks to health and safety and manage legal liability.

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm     Lunch

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm    Confronting Issues of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion In Debate
                                         Led by Aaron Timmons (Greenhill School, TX) and Shunta Jordan (Pace Academy, GA), this panel will discuss manifestations of unearned advantage in                                            debate, including racial privilege, sex privilege, socioeconomic privilege, and steps we might take to make debate a more equitable activity.

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm     Break

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm    Tournament Hosting Best Practices
                                        Jim Menick (regular tab room presence and director of numerous local and high school tournaments and various college HS invitationals) will moderate a                                         discussion ranging from starting new tournaments to improving existing ones—including managing registration, increasing attendance, handling tab                                               staff, care and feeding of judges (and students), dealing with inquiries and protests, and generally surviving the ordeal in one piece.

4:30 pm to 4:45 pm    Break

4:45 pm to 6:00 pm    Engaging Identity Debates
                                         Led by Daryl Burch (Capitol Debate, MD) and Mike Shackelford (Rowland Hall, UT), this presentation will cover the social importance and strategic                                                    necessity of engaging identity arguments in debate. The presentation will focus on sharing resources, explaining major argument themes, and exploring                                            different approaches and methods for authentically answering identity and performance-based positions.

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm    Reception: Please join your colleagues for appetizers and refreshments at Cinco’s Tacos. It is located in Addison Walk Shopping area on Belt Line Road,                                             an eight to ten minute walk from the Springhill Suites.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

8:00 am to 9:00 am    Continental Breakfast

9:00 am to 10:15 am    Debate Curriculum
                                           Jenny Alme (Harker School, CA) will present the NDCA's new novice policy files. Adam Torson (Marlborough School, CA) will present LD Curriculum                                                resources.

10:15 am to 10:30 am    Break

10:30 am to 11:45 am    Workshop: Coaching Student Mindset
                                             Dr. Afiya Fredericks is currently the Project Implementation Manager at Mindset Works, where she manages the implementation of mindset programs                                                at 12 public schools in Washington D.C.  She also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching research methods and statistics. In a lively session, Dr.                                                        Fredericks will present insights from the growing body of literature on the importance of student mindsets, helping students cultivate healthy beliefs                                                      and productive responses to adversity. Participants will explore and reflect on several tools, resources, and strategies to deepen their understanding of                                                  mindsets and the role they play in students’ lives., while diving into ways in which we communicate with our students, and how we sometimes shape                                                    the way they view their abilities and intelligence, sometimes in ways unbeknownst to us. 

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm     Lunch

1:45 pm to 3:00 pm      Coaching Best Practices for Equity and Inclusion:  A Discussion
                                           Drawing from the conflict management and dispute resolution field, Tracy McFarland, PhD (Jesuit College Prep) will facilitate a discussion on                                                    best practices in coaching towards equity and inclusion.  By beginning a more formal conversation amongst professional educators and coaches,                                                          the goal will be to generate practical suggestions for coaches for their own teams and for influencing the debate community writ large.

3:00 pm to 3:15 pm     Break

3:15 pm to 4:30 pm    Introduction to World Schools Debate and Team USA (Conference Room A)
                                        Team USA coaches Cindi Timmons and Aaron Timmons (Greenhill School, TX) and Christina Tallungan (Notre Dame High School, CA) will provide an                                           introduction to the World Schools Debate format and Team USA, including how you can start a World Schools Debate program at your school.
                                        What I Wish They Told Me When I First Started Coaching (Conference Room B)
                                        Dan Lingel (Jesuit College Prep) and Dave Huston (Colleyville Heritage, TX) will discuss topics related to long term success in professional debate                                                       coaching, including work-life balance, building your team, and other tips and tricks for building your team and building the best set of personal coaching                                           practices.


A printable copy of the schedule is attached here.