The Chicago Debate Summer Institute (CDSI) is the nation’s leading urban debate summer institute and the kick-off event of the 2011/12 Chicago Debate League season. Modeled on exclusive university debate institutes, the CDSI features a nationally-recognized faculty and a highly effective curriculum.

This year’s CDSI was held at Westinghouse College Prep from July 25th through August 12th and had 120 students from 34 schools who were divided into groups based on experience level, where they worked with instructors in developing knowledge about the 2011-2012 space topic and in developing their debate skills through a curriculum closely aligned with the CDL Debater Development Benchmarks. Students also took part in pre-college preparation, including college tours to Northwestern University, DePaul, and Knox College.

The CDSI culminated in a full camp tournament, for which CDSI tournament results are now available.

The CDSI included two teacher-training courses that provided professional development for CDL coaches in preparation for the CDL season, led by Les Lynn and guest instructors. For example, CDSI Instructor Ross Gordon presented on Counterplans and Counterplan Theory.

Download the 2011 CDSI Promotional Poster