Each year, the CDL runs the Chicago Debate Summer Institute (CDSI), a high-intensive two-week summer learning opportunity for 100-150 CDL students. Institute staff includes some of the nation’s most accomplished collegiate and former high school debaters, along with some of the best of our own coaching talent. With the partnership of CPS and private supporters, CDSI is offered with free tuition to low-income students and modest tuition to all others.

Announcing 2016 CDSI!

We are happy to announce that the 2016 Chicago Debate Summer Institute (CDSI) and Chicago Middle School Summer Debate Institute (CMSDI) will be held at Ogden International School of Chicago, 1250 W. Erie Street, Chicago from July 11th to July 22nd, 2016 (M-F). Daily hours are 9-3:30 p.m. Lunch is included for all participants. Campers will be divided into lab groups by experience and skills, and receive level-appropriate instruction from our experienced and well-trained staff. The typical ratio is 10 students per instructor. Students will explore the 2016-17 debate topic (U.S. engagement with China), learn debate rules and techniques, hone their critical thinking and communications skills, and compete in their first tournament of the year, all while having fun with peers from around the city. Spaces are limited.

CMSDI Registration CDSI Registration

Please Note: You will be fully registered upon receipt of your $25 registration fee and tuition payment (if applicable). Submit your payments through this donation link via our website and include in the donation purpose box (CDSI and your child’s first and last name) or send check or money order to: Chicago Debate Commission, 200 S. Michigan Avenue Suite 1040, Chicago IL 60604.

If you have any questions email register@chicagodebateleague.org

Do you want to work at CDSI or CMSDI in the summer of 2016?

Please read the job description and fill out the application below. Then send the completed application and a resume to Roman Motley, at romanmotley@chicagodebateleague.org.

Job Description, CDSI Instructor
CDSI-CMSDI InstructorJobApplication

2015 CDSI was a Major Success!

Many thanks to this year’s CDSI corporate sponsors, Allstate Insurance Company and Sidley Austin LLP. With their support, we were able to offer CDSI with free tuition to all low-income students.

Domestic surveillance is the timely and relevant topic for teams participating in the Chicago Debate League (CDL) in the 2015-16 school year.  At the CDL’s two-week summer camp, the Chicago Debate Summer Institute, almost 100 students got a first look at the domestic surveillance topic and honed their critical thinking, research, communications, and argumentation skills.  The camp also featured an engaging poetry workshop and a panel discussion on legal careers for high school students, and some great outdoor activities for middle school students.  Students had lots of fun, meeting peers from around the city, participating in team-building activities, and competing in their first tournament of the season.

Among the CPS high schools represented at the debate camp were Bogan, Clark, Hubbard, Kennedy, King, Kenwood, Lane Tech, Legal Prep, Lindblom, Marine, Morgan Park, North Grand, Ogden, Payton, Senn, Solorio, Taft, Urban Prep, Westinghouse, and Whitney Young.  CPS middle schools at the camp included Kenwood, Lincoln, Lovett, Nobel, Ogden, Perspectives Middle, Skinner West, Thorp, Whitney Young and Zapata. Several guest schools also sent students to the camp.