SPRING ELEMENTARY CLUB REGISTRATION CLOSED.
SUMMER CAMPS WILL BE POSTED SOON- STAY TUNED!
ALL Multilevel and Advanced Clubs include an exciting ONLINE TOURNAMENT!
Clubs meet once a week. Meetings every day, Monday - Saturday. Session runs April - June.
DEBATE CLUB is waiting for your child! No experience necessary. Just show up ready to have fun!
DebateAble Online brings kids together from across the country in small groups to learn critical thinking & public speaking through debate in a positive, upbeat environment. Guided by dedicated, experienced coaches, debaters play games, debate relevant topics, & consider issues from more than one side, opening their minds & developing empathy. All that's needed to participate is internet access, paper and pencil. Includes an exciting, VIRTUAL TOURNAMENT for all Middle School, Advanced & Multilevel debaters!
DebateAble has been teaching kids to debate since 2012, ONLINE and IN PERSON.
Online Debate Club Schedule, Spring Session 2021
If you don't see a club that fits your schedule, let us know...
We will be adding more clubs before the session begins.
Spring Session is April 5 - June 12, 75 minute meetings (Intro 50 minutes), once a week, PLUS a Final Tournament, Saturday, June 12.
10 meetings except Multilevel on Mondays (9), and tournament.
Some Scholarships Available, contact us for more info.
4/5 - 6/7 & 6/12 ($250)
Multi: 3 - 4:15 pm PST
4/5 - 6/7 & 6/12 ($250)
4/6 - 6/8 & 6/12 ($275)
4/6 - 6/8 (no match) ($180)
4/7 - 6/9 & 6/12 ($275)
4/7 - 6/9 (no match) ($180)
4/7 - 6/9 & 6/12 ($275)
4/8 - 6/10 & 6/12 ($275)
4/9- 6/11 & 6/12 ($275)
4/10 - 6/12 (no match) ($180)
4/10- 6/5 & 6/12 ($250)
What families and kids are saying about DebateAble Online Clubs:
"The coaches are great and the club teaches important speaking skills. The topics are interesting too!"
"I liked that it helped my child think through things methodically, specifically teaching logical fallacies, teamwork, excellent feedback and pushing kids to use evidence to support their thinking."
"She's made progress in critical thinking, how to prepare an argument, and become more confident in her public speaking."
"Thanks for all the work you are doing with this program. It has probably been the most positive, intellectually challenging experience he has had all year."
"I really like this club and I LOOOOOOOVE the coaches!"
"I love the arguments and I'm learning so much. It's fun to debate people outside of my own family."
"My favorite thing is doing practice debates with the other kids in the club."
"One thing I like about this club is that we learn while we have so much fun. I used to think I wouldn't like debate but now I love it!"
"I learned how to argue for a claim, no matter if I agree or disagree with it."
"What I like about debate is the games we play. And my coach. He's the best!"
Abbie Shew is a PhD Student in Communication Studies at the University of Washington, where she has also taught public speaking. She participated as a competitive debater throughout high school and college, has judged high school debate tournaments, done freelance coaching for teams in Iowa and Minnesota and served as an instructor at the Women's Debate Institute. Abbie, who has significant experience working with children as a camp counselor and debate instructor, was also an integral part of the debate teaching team that led DebateAble/UW partner elementary student summer camps in 2019 and 2020.
Anna Caragio has been involved with speech and debate for four years, both actively competing and teaching. She's won numerous awards in debate, including almost every local tournament her senior year of high school and Second Top Speaker at the Cal National Debate Institute Summer Tournament. In 2018, Anna founded and instructed the middle school debate team at Galileo Stem Academy and is passionate about teaching critical thinking skills to youth. Anna attends California Polytechnic State University, furthering her education in Political Science and Statistics.
Avalyn Hine has been debating competitively for the past 6 years. In high school, she qualified to Nationals multiple years in a row in Lincoln Douglas, Congress, and extemporaneous speaking. Avalyn also received top speaker awards at many national circuit tournaments as well as bids to the Tournament of Champions. She is currently in her second year doing policy debate for Gonzaga University while studying Philosophy and Economics. Avalyn has always loved working with kids and has experience as a tutor, nanny, and debate camp lab leader. She emphasizes engagement and critical thinking in her lessons and is incredibly excited to work with students in DebateAble clubs.
Becky Wesnidge won top honors as a high school debater in local, state, and national competitions in Lincoln Douglas debate, impromptu speaking, dramatic interpretation, creative storytelling and duo interpretation. She went on to help coach and judge high school clubs and tournaments while pursuing her B.A. in Theater at the University of Northern Colorado. Becky has years of experience teaching theater, dance, and various other creative endeavors to preschool children. She's excited to be able to utilize these combined skills to teach elementary aged friends to think critically, find new and ingenious ways to use their voices and feel comfortable forming and-- most importantly-- share their opinions on what they see in the world. Becky currently resides in Denver, Colorado, and expresses her creative side by baking fancy cakes and exploring the world through various food and beverage competitions.
Cara Liu is a student at Columbia University with four years of experience in both competitive debate and teaching. She placed as one of the top four debaters at state tournaments for three years in a row and placed at every local tournament her junior and senior year. She previously started and ran her own summer debate camp for kids, focusing on the basic structures of debate as well as developing their public speaking skills. She deeply values the skills that come with debate, and has a passion for teaching debate to young people in order to inspire them to participate in high school debate and beyond.
Hannah Miller is a professional educator licensed in Elementary Education (K-6) and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education (K-12) and is thrilled to utilize her teaching skills with DebateAble. As a 3rd grade teacher, Hannah pays special attention to critical thinking skills and is forever asking her students “Why?” and “How do you know?" She brings that same focus as a coach for Introduction to Speech and Debate, challenging and supporting her students at the same time. Hannah has a heart for teaching children to critically evaluate information and understand opposing viewpoints so they can create informed opinions that will impact the world around them. She currently lives in Colorado with her husband and beautiful new baby and is excited to be a part of the awesome, online community of DebateAble Kids!
Kristin Teske has been teaching writing, speaking and debate skills to students in 1st through 12th grade for the past 26 years. With a love for her students and a contagious enthusiasm for communication, Kristin brings her wealth of knowledge to our youngest speakers. Kristin believes in offering primary students critical thinking opportunities through a combination of writing, speaking and problem solving games and lessons. Highly rated by both students and parents alike, Kristin is always willing to go above and beyond the call of duty to make sure each student is benefiting from her classes, and is feeling connected, safe and engaged.
Laura Hutchinson is a passionate reader and health educator with 30 years’ experience working in County government on our most challenging issues including homelessness, food insecurity, early childhood development, and equity and social justice. This is Coach Laura’s first year coaching, but she's worked with young debaters for three years as a DebateAble judge at tournaments and other competitions and is thrilled to be able to take an even more active role to help students develop their listening, critical thinking and argumentation skills. Laura is currently studying to become a mindfulness teacher and hopes that those skills might help students bring calm and focus to their debates.
Linda Oakley is an elementary school teacher who's been coaching DebateAble clubs since 2016. Coach Linda's warmth and encouragement as a teacher, coupled with teaching skills that emphasize students' critical thinking, make her an especially successful club leader. In addition to coaching in person and online clubs, Coach Linda leads our debate camps conducted in partnership with the University of Washington. She finds it exciting to teach debate and help students evaluate evidence and formulate opinions of both sides of an issue.
Michele Tang is a Pomona College student with 4 years of debate and debate coaching experience, including teaching debate to elementary school kids. Her debate accomplishments include being ranked 2nd in Washington State by the National Speech and Debate Association (NSDA) in Policy Debate, ranked in the top 75 individual Policy debaters in the nation by the NSDA, and multiple Top 15 and Top 25 speaker awards in national circuit tournaments. She also received the first Academic All American Award (for academic and debate achievement) by recommendation of her high school debate coach. Michele is especially good at bringing her debate expertise to kids in a way that they understand and we're thrilled to have her on staff
Reece Aguilar is a college policy debate coach for the University of Southern California. Under his leadership, the Trojans defeated the likes of Cal and Stanford to achieve a district one title. At the high school level, he has qualified nine debaters to the Tournament of Champions in Lincoln Douglas and policy debate. As a debater, Reece accumulated eight years of competitive experience. His career highlights include two elimination round appearances at the National Debate Tournament (the most prestigious of all college national championships), routine victories against ivy league schools and other top ranked teams, and several late elimination-round appearances at college majors. Reece has graciously accepted an offer to work with DebateAble so that he might contribute to the next generation of Great Debaters.
Sarah Holt has coached kids in DebateAble clubs since 2015 and also supports other coaches in her role as Program Manager. Her passion for working with kids grew from countless hours volunteering in her children's classrooms at their elementary school, where she also served as co-chair for the PTA. In addition to her roles as coach and Program Manager, Sarah assists with training coaches, developing curriculum and, for several years prior to joining the organization, judging at annual tournaments. She is deeply committed to teaching the fundamentals of debate to her students in an encouraging and fun atmosphere.
Zoë Chaira has coached elementary and middle school debate since 2010. She was a nationally ranked high school debater, winning multiple debate tournaments as well as placing first in individual events such as Dramatic Interpretation and Oratorical Interpretation. Zoe graduated from The American Academy of Dramatic Arts in 2015, and her experience working with kids includes directing children’s theater and improv classes. She most recently designed a H.Y.P.E. (Helping Young People Excel) class specifically targeted to 3-5th graders to help build their confidence, compassion, and creativity through public speaking, narrative therapy and debate. Zoë loves all things dog, filling up the pages of her passport, practicing Jujitsu with her family, and getting back to her “kid" roots by reading comics or playing D&D.
Elizabeth Kruse is the founder and Director of DebateAble and has taught debate to elementary and middle school students since 2012. Elizabeth developed DebateAble's curriculum with the input of college and high school debaters and coaches, elementary school educators, DebateAble coaches- and kids! Elizabeth's favorite part of her job is coaching and working with young debaters. Those interactions fuel her and her team's curriculum updates and additions as they continue to discover vibrant ways to introduce children to debate and engage them in argumentation and critical thinking.
Who is eligible for a DebateAble Club?
DebateAble has clubs for any child from third grade through middle school. The only clubs that require debate experience are the Advanced Clubs.
What should my child expect to do at debate club?
In the Intro Club, young debaters focus on public speaking and debate fundamentals with multiple opportunities to present for one another.
In all other clubs, the first half of the session debaters learn debate skills like public speaking, argumentation, refutation, critical thinking, and more through lessons and games. Advanced Clubs continue with the same basic structure but at an advanced level of thinking, reasoning, debate concepts, and format, etc. All students work collaboratively and ideas and opinions are shared as they are encouraged to consider different perspectives on any issue. During the second half of every session, debaters work with a specific topic to create arguments for the affirmative and the negative positions in teams of two or three, which are presented at the final match or another capstone event.
Which Club should I sign up my elementary school child for, Multilevel or Advanced?
- All 4/5/6 graders MAY sign up for a Multilevel Club. Coaches understand that they are working with kids of all levels of experience in these clubs and will meet your student where they're at.
- All 4/5/6 graders new to debate SHOULD sign up for Multilevel Club
- Most 4/5/6 graders who have had only one prior session with DebateAble SHOULD sign up for Multilevel Club. If your child has participated in only one prior session, but you or your child's coach believes your child should enroll in Advanced, please email us.
- Any 3/4/5/6 grader who has participated in two or more sessions of DebateAble is eligible for Advanced Debate Club.
Is my child required to participate in the final debate tournament?
No, although a portion of the session is devoted to preparing for the event and we believe that it is an incredibly valuable and unique opportunity for an elementary student to experience a debate competition. If your child is simply unavailable, they will still learn all of the same skills as every other student in their club and will get the same support and attention from their coach.
How long does the tournament last and what happens there?
The debate tournament lasts approximately two hours. Debaters present prepared speeches and impromptu refutations representing both sides of the debate topic to judges who are trained in DebateAble format. It's an exciting event and many debaters consider it their favorite part of the session. You'll receive more information about the match during the session.
Will there be an extra charge for the tournament?
No. DebateAble does not charge additional fees for debate competitions. We believe the opportunity to compete is an integral part of our debaters' experience and we're proud to be able to offer it to all DebateAble students.
Are you still running clubs in Seattle schools?
We are running online clubs at any school that wants one! Please contact your Enrichment Coordinator, school or DebateAble (email@example.com) to find out if there's a DebateAble club currently scheduled or to see if they would like to start one!
Do you offer private debate clubs for groups of friends or classmates?
Yes! Private clubs are the same price as our regular clubs. Contact us for more information.