Mean Green Comet Debate Institute

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A New ONLINE Platform

Over the last 20 years UTD and UNT have provided students with exceptional and award-winning staff by bringing together some of the best strategic thinkers and educators from the high school and college debate communities. For summer 2020, those same instructors and their unique curriculum are moving online to provide a safe, fun, and exciting place for students to learn and grow, bringing the Mean Green Comet experience and education to your home. We realize that this transition will be a challenge and that is why the MGC is adding new resources to help students and parents feel comfortable with the new online learning environment.

While online instruction requires adjustments in how students engage with staff members and other students, the MGC’s staff and outstanding on-line and eLearning platforms uniquely position the MGC to be a leader in on-line debate education. The Mean Green Comet is leveraging our excellent staff of educators, fluent in the best online teaching technologies to ensure the excellence you expect from the Mean Green Comet basics that will not be changed.

Affordable Pricing - We believe debate camp should be accessible to everyone and as such work to offer affordable opportunities for anyone wishing to attend. No other debate institute offers more for the price. Our NEW ONLINE sessions range from $600.00 - $1,200.00, offering affordable tuition options for every student.

Outstanding Curriculum – Instruction will still follow our model of lectures, small group breakout sessions, individual coaching sessions and office hours and practice debates/performances. Students will still collaborate with each other using Blackboard virtual classrooms for labs and still debate against one another using ZOOM and Microsoft Teams platforms

Student to Staff Ratio – In the NEW ONLINE platform students will still be organized into labs and given access to all the award-winning educators on staff. Unlike other summer debate camps that have 30 to 40 students in a classroom, with 2 instructors, the Mean Green Comet Debate Institute guarantees a 10 to 1 student to staff ratio that is especially important as students learn to navigate the new, on-line debate environment they face in 2020 and beyond. Smaller student to staff ratios allows students more individual instruction with our nationally recognized staff

Financial Aid - The Mean Green Comet Debate Institute provides need-based financial assistance to students interested in attending the Institute. Over $85,000 of need-based financial assistance was awarded to students for the 2017, 2018 and 2019 institutes

Scholarships – The MGC offers two scholarships – The Drinker Biddle Women in Debate and the Jerrell Braden Memorial Scholarship. The Drinker Biddle Women in Debate Scholarship is available to any student applying to any division of the Mean Green Comet Debate Institute. The Jerrell Braden Scholarship is a full ride scholarship available for a student(s) who is interested in attending the Scholars policy debate camp. Visit the Scholarships page for more information.

Why attend the 2020 ONLINE Mean Green Comet Debate Institute?

The Mean Green Comet staff working diligently with the newest online educational platforms to make their award-winning curriculum available to students online. Each division leader is working with their staff to utilize online platforms differently to best tailor their curriculum to students. You can read more about how each division is approaching teaching online on their division homepage. Between now and the beginning of camp our staff will be updating and perfecting their curriculum to the new ONLINE platform. Each division will provide the following ONLINE learning opportunities as part of their curriculum:

Exclusive and dedicated online technical support - The MGC is excited to announce Brad Skiles as our Online Education Director. Brad has worked in information technology in higher education for nearly 25 years. As an adjunct professor of communication, as well as data architecture, he has nearly 30 years of teaching experience, with 10 of those years teaching in online or hybrid environments. Brad and his team will offer webinars for our parents and students to help everyone get the most out of the stat-of-the-art digital resources available to MGC students. Available to all MGC students and families will be on-demand technical assistance so students focus on learning instead of sorting out technical issues before and during the camp sessions.

Topic and Concept Lectures – Live daily lectures in each division as well as live crossover lectures from other award-winning division staff. Live lectures provide the students an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the staff. Students will also have access to recorded lectures that provide students with a “On Demand” learning library.

Breakout Session – Live, interactive breakout session allows students to engage staff in a virtual classroom environment of no more than 10:1. This allows students to work with staff members at their own pace and provides time for follow-up discussions. Additionally, the small breakout session allows students to engage in activities and drill that use the concepts that were taught during lecture.

Practice Speeches / Debate Rounds – Using two different online platforms, ZOOM and Microsoft Teams, students still participate in numerous LIVE practice debates, performances and speeches. Students will have the opportunity to record their speeches and send them to staff members for suggestions and critique. Each division will use a mixture of live and recorded practice speeches and performances.

Lab Session – Lecture and sessions will occur collaboratively in an online classroom utilizing the award-winning Blackboard eLearning platform. Blackboard is one of the premier eLearning tools in the world. With their web and smartphone applications, students have full access to the instruction they need, in their hands, and wherever they are. With fully modern voice and video capabilities, the instructors and the students can fully participate in the virtual classroom

Office Hours – Students will continue to have the opportunity to work one on one with the staff during evening office hours. Office hours give the students a change to discuss concepts with a staff member and additional time for more drills/practice.

Enroll Now

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MGCDI enrollment is open! Follow the link above to reserve your spot in our 2020 summer program. The final deadline for all registration is June 22, 2020.


Dates for the 2020 Mean Green Comet Debate Institute are June 28 - July 18, 2020. The 2020 MGCDI is offering instruction in Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum, Congressional Debate and Extemporaneous Speaking. We’re also offering a curriculum designed for Middle School students in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Public Forum, and Individual Events. See below for specific session dates and pricing.


Policy Debate

Session Dates Price
Scholars June 28 – July 18 $1200
10 day July 8 – July 18 $800


Session Dates Price
2 week June 28 – July 12 $900
Lincoln Douglas & Worlds School June 28 – July 18 $1200

Public Forum

Session Dates Price
Public Forum June 28 – July 8 $800
Public Forum & Extemp June 28 – July 15 $1100

Congressional Debate

Session Dates Price
Congressional Debate June 28 – July 8 $650
Congress & Extemp June 28 – July 15 $1100

Extemporaneous Speaking

Session Dates Price
Extemporaneous Speaking July 8 – July 15 $600

Worlds School Debate

Session Dates Price
Worlds School Debate July 12 - July 18 $700

Oral Interpretation

Session Dates Price
Oral Interpretation July 8 - July 13 $600

Middle School

Session Dates Price
MS Lincoln-Douglas July 8 – July 18 $900
MS Public Forum July 8 – July 18 $900
MS Intro July 8 – July 13 $600

Enroll Now

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MGCDI enrollment is open! Follow the link above to reserve your spot in our 2020 summer program. The final deadline for all registration is June 22, 2020.