Our summer 2017 schedule is now available and registration is open!
Public Forum Intensive Practice Round Session
This session emphasizes practice rounds and improvement through in-depth critiques as the central theme of the program. Students will receive several practice rounds per day on average, and by the end of the week will have literally completed the equivalent of several tournaments worth of practice--all with extensive feedback. Several special topics are covered during the program, including:
- Crossfire techniques: A specially designed practicum on how to make the most of these exchanges, and how to conduct cross-examination at an advanced level.
- The architecture of strategy: How to build a case that will distill neatly to a winning final focus.
- Extensive practice: Nearly two thirds of the instructional time will be devoted to practice -- not just practice rounds, but speech redos and other exercises, fully critiqued and monitored by the instructors.
This program is designed for high-level intermediate through advanced level students. In general, it is assumed that students who attend this session also attended the second week/core program, as some of the materials covered in the second week will be used during the third week, and is essentially a prerequisite to effective participation. The third week can be attended independently of the other programs if and only if a student is highly motivated and is prepared to arrive at the program having completed significant independent preparatory work so that they can participate effectively from day one. Any student interested in attending only the third week should contact us for more information (see menu bar and click "contact us").
2017 Public Forum Intensive Practice Round Session Staff Members Include:
Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2017 staff
We will continue to add additional staff members as enrollment and availability dictate. Details are posted on additional staff members as they are confirmed and as we have complete biographic information available. Staff listing may not be fully up to date or reflect all hires to date.
2016 Public Forum Intensive Practice Round Session Staff Members Included:
Cayman Giordano has been involved in competitive debate since the late 1990s; he has competed or coached successfully on a national level in Public Forum, Parliamentary, Policy, Lincoln Douglas, and Extemporaneous Speaking. He has worked with teams from Hatboro-Horsham high school in PA (NFL), UMBC and UMCP in MD (APDA), and is currently coaching for and traveling with several public middle and high schools throughout Howard County, MD (NCFL/NJFL). Cayman has taught at Capitol Debate workshops around Washington DC, the Capitol Classic summer institute at Loyola, and was an instructor at the James Logan Debate Academy. This is his seventh year at SNFI.
Patrick Berger teaches economics at The Nueva School. As a policy debater for James Logan High School, Patrick won 2nd at the 2009 NFL National Championship in addition to qualifying to multiple TOCs. In the past year of assisting the Nueva public forum program, the team qualified six students to the TOC, won Bronx Science, closed out Berkeley, finaled at Stanford, and closed out Harker. This will be Patrick's third summer returning to the SNFI public forum program.
Chris Fielder, a SNFI 2009 alumnus, will be an English teacher and direct Public Forum and Extemporaneous Speaking at Delbarton School this fall. He graduated in 2012 from Rockhurst High School (Kansas City) where he was successful on a highly competitive Missouri circuit. He qualified twice for the NCFL national tournament (Congress, PF) and twice for NFL Nationals (PF). Chris graduated in December 2015 with a political science degree from Seton Hall University. There, he qualified a total of 17 entries to the National Individual Events Tournament with a semifinal in Impromptu Speaking. Chris much prefers coaching to competing. His students at Ridge, Palos Verdes Peninsula, and Delbarton have collectively achieved: 3 NCFL quarterfinals, 2 semifinals, and 2 finals; 8 NSDA National qualifiers, 8 NSDA Nationals elimination round appearances, and 2 Top 14 finishes; countless late elimination rounds at national circuit tournaments. Most importantly, Chris is a vicious fan of the World Champion Kansas City Royals.
Liya Khan attended SNFI in 2012 and graduated in 2015 from Dougherty Valley High School in San Ramon, California, and headed their Public Forum team for two years. As a sophomore she finished in the top 32 at the California State Championship, and broke at all the national tournaments she competed at that year, including the Stanford and Berkeley Invitationals. She was a semifinalist at the 2015 La Costa Canyon Winter Classic Invitational, an octafinalist at the Golden Desert Invitational, and was fourth Varsity PF Speaker at the Stanford Invitational. She has competed at the California Round Robin and received a total of three bids to the Tournament of Champions. At the 2015 NSDA National Tournament in Dallas, Liya finished in Second Place in PF. This past year she coached the first ever Dougherty Valley team to qualify to the Tournament of Champions, helping them earn three bids, and plans to help coach for Coleyville Heritage High School next year. She is a Public Policy major at the University of Chicago and competes for the Chicago Debate Society in American Parliamentary Debate.
Miranda Le attended SNFI in 2012, and has been an instructor for the past 2 workshops. She competed in Public Forum for 4 years at Milpitas High School in California. During her debate career, she was invited to and attended multiple round robins including the California Round Robin, the Holy Cross Round Robin, and the Millard North Round Robin. She is also the first girl/debater to win a championship for her high school. She has been coaching Middle School and High School public forum since her senior year in high school. Her debaters have received top speaker awards at numerous state and national level tournaments. Her teams have made it to late elimination rounds, and final rounds winning tournaments such as the Middle School National Champions in 2014, the CA Middle School State Tournament Co-Champions in 2016, and the Tournament of Champions finalists in 2016. Miranda coached at Mission San Jose High School for the past 2 years, and she will be the Public Forum coach at Holy Cross School in New Orleans for the upcoming school year. She is also teaching at Harvard Debate Council's Summer Workshop.