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Thanks for joining us this summer!  Please return to our website later this fall to see the dates of our 2020 programs.  We expect to have dates posted and camp enrollment for summer 2020 open by approximately October 1st.

2-Week Core Beginners' Policy Program

NOTE: if you are looking for a beginning debate program and aren't sure if you are specifically intereested in policy debate, we suggest that you review our "how to choose the right program" guide.  We offer a camp for beginning students in each type of debate, although this is the only session sepcifically called "beginner."

The SNFI is proud to offer a policy debate program specifically for beginners!  This lab will teach students the core principles of policy debate, provide a first in-depth glimpse into the evidence production process (all digital), and instill the love for policy debate that all of our staff shares. The core two-week program is designed to introduce major concepts while fitting into the tightest of summer schedules while the extended week provides students several additional practice debates and a mini-end of camp tournament. We strongly encourage students who plan on debating during the school year to sign up for all three weeks as it guarantees them substantial practice time.

Main features of our Beginner’s Program:

• Introduction to Policy Debate concepts using curriculum designed in conjunction with our poicy debate director, Brian Manuel, the Stanford Debate Society policy debate coach, and our site director Corey Turoff, a full-time teacher and debate coach at the Head Royce School in Oakland.

• Introduction to research methods by guiding students through the production of one small affirmative case and a small negative off-case position.

• Introduction to electronic file production that most high schools have shifted towards using in the last two years.

• An Extended Week with opportunity for additional practice debates and argument seminars.

Admission to this lab is limited by our ability to staff it with quality educators with experience teaching beginning debaters. If the lab fills before we can find an additional instructor, some applications may not be accepted. Please apply early! Make sure to select the Beginner’s Lab option on the application to be considered for admittance.

NOTE: if you are looking for a beginning debate program and aren't sure if you are specifically intereested in policy debate, we suggest that you review our "how to choose the right program" guide.  We offer a camp for beginning students in each type of debate, although this is the only session sepcifically called "beginner."


2020 2-Week Core Beginners' Policy Program Staff Members Include:

Check back closer to the start of camp for details on our 2020 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.


2019 2-Week Core Beginners' Policy Program Staff Members Included:

Stanford National Forensic Institute - Brian Manuel (Debate Programs Coordinator)

Brian Manuel, Debate Programs Coordinator

Brian is the Director of Debate at Edgemont Jr./Sr. High School in New York and Director of Policy Debate at Stanford University, in addition to serving as a consultant for the National Speech & Debate Association. Widely recognized for his unrivaled talent in revitalizing traditional programs, Brian was named the 2008 Michael Bacon Coach of the Year and 2016 Val A. Browning Director of the Year. He has been coaching for nearly 20 years and was recently elected to the Executive Board of the National Debate Coaches Association.

Under his leadership, Edgemont’s debate program has flourished, winning five state championships and countless speaker awards, as well as presenting to the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill. His students championed the 2015 Georgetown Day School Invitational and 2018 Mamaroneck Round Robin in Policy Debate; 2018 Harrison Round Robin and 2019 Newark Round Robin in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; and 2016 Lakeland Round Robin, 2016 Westchester Classic, 2018 University of Michigan High-School Tournament, and 2019 Lakeland Round Robin in Public Forum Debate. After past outround appearances in Policy and Lincoln-Douglas, Edgemont will be represented in all principal debate events at this year’s Tournament of Champions. Brian has enjoyed equal success at Stanford, where he coached its first team in two decades—and fourth team ever—to qualify for the National Debate Tournament, finishing in the top 30 in both 2013 and 2015.

Over the course of his professional career, Brian has coached for Harvard University, College Preparatory School, Cathedral Preparatory School, Chattahoochee High School, Lakeland High School, and Scranton High School. His students have advanced to elimination rounds at every major national tournament, including NSDA, NDCA, NCFL, and CEDA Nationals. He also coached the champions of the 2003 Big Bronx Invitational, 2008 Barkley Forum, and 2012 Golden Desert Tournament in Policy Debate, along with the 2007 NCFL finalists, 2012 NSDA finalists, and 2013 Phyllis Flory Barton top speaker.

During the summer, Brian serves as the Academic Director at the Stanford National Forensic Institute. He previously taught workshops at the University of Kentucky, University of Michigan, Georgetown University, and Millennial Speech & Debate. Brian is looking forward to his eleventh summer at SNFI!


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Ian Beier (Instructor)

Ian Beier, Instructor

Ian Beier is currently a PhD student and assistant coach at the University of Kansas and the College Preparatory School. In 2017, KU cleared three teams to the elimination rounds of the National Debate Tournament and had one team in the quarter finals of the tournament. In 2016, KU qualified three teams to the National Debate Tournament and made it to the finals of the tournament. From 2013-2015, he coached at Damien High School. During this time, the debate team remained competitively successful and cleared at several national tournaments. In 2015, Damien High School made it to finals of the National Forensics League tournament.  Prior to his time at Damien, Ian was the Assistant Director of Debate at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas from 2010 to 2013. During that time, UNLV qualified six teams to the National Debate Tournament, qualifying with the top seed in the district in both 2012 and 2013.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - Sydney Pasquinelli (Instructor)

Sydney Pasquinelli, Instructor

Dr. Sydney Pasquinelli is the Director of Debate and a professor of argument and communication at Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan. She has been involved in competitive policy debate for over 15 years, serving as a coach for Groves High School, Wake Forest University, University of Pittsburgh, University of Oklahoma, Stanford University, Edgemont High School before she recently ended up as Director at Wayne State University (her alma mater). Sydney has expanded her coaching experience in the last couple years to become more involved in Lincoln Douglas debate as well. Her philosophy towards debate emphasizes openness to and engagement with all arguments and styles of argument.


Stanford National Forensic Institute - jon sharp (Instructor)

jon sharp, Instructor

jon sharp has been a debate coach for longer than you have been alive and has taught at SNFI since 1996. He has coached for Emory, New Trier, West Georgia, the University of Southern California, and the University of Kentucky. He is currently the Director of Debate at the Georgetown Day School. As a college coach, jon has coached teams to the late elimination rounds of every major tournament in the country, including multiple CEDA National championships. As a newly minted high school coach, his teams have won Greenhill, the Greenhill Round Robin, and the Ohio Valley at the University of Kentucky. He has taught at more than 40 debate labs at the Bates, Berkeley, Emory, Kentucky, and Stanford debate institutes, including directing the Kentucky Fellows Program, the Berkeley Mentors, and the Stanford Swing Lab. His former lab students have won every national tournament on the schedule, including the TOC, and include multiple former TOC top speakers.




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