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registration for the 2017 poi debate institute at uc berkeley is now open!


REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 POI DEBATE INSTITUTE OREGON IS NOW OPEN. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

All returning POI debaters receive a 15% discount if you register before January 1, 2017! If you've attended one of our summer programs, please enter "POIAlum" at checkout. Returning POI debaters who register in 2017 will still receive a 10% discount.

New POI debaters will receive a 10% discount if you register before January 1, 2017! Please enter "POIwelcome" at checkout.

THE FLAGSHIP:

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley Two-Week Master Class Program (Sold Out)

The POI Debate Institute takes the concerns of its debaters very seriously and we are committed to making our Master Class program as accessible as possible. We've heard your price concerns, and we are lowering the price of the Master Class program from $4,725 to $3,575. In order to accommodate the program's lower price, we will be shortening the length of the Master Class program from 18 to 14 days. 

This program will offer two 60% need-based scholarships. Scholarship applications will be available starting January 1, 2017.

This year, outside of offering the nation's most rigorous and successful parliamentary debate program, we will also be taking a few social breaks to enjoy the world outside of parli.

Please note that admission into the Master Class Program is contingent on meeting entry requirements.

July 13-27, 2017 (16 debater cap) 

Tuition: $3,575

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! 

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley 10-Day High School Program (Session A and Session B: SOLD OUT) NOTE: This year has seen unprecedented demand so we will be attempting to add a few more spaces to each 10-Day High School Program.

Each session will offer one full need-based scholarship, one 25% need-based scholarship, and one 50% need-based scholarship. Scholarship applications will be available starting January 1, 2017.

Session A: July 9-19, 2017 (24 debater cap)

Session B: July 19-29, 2017 (24 debater cap) 

Tuition: $2,625

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley One-Week Middle School Program (Sold Out)

June 15-22, 2017 (16 debater cap)

Tuition: $1,575

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

The POI Debate Institute will be providing nearly $20,000 in need-based scholarships for the Master Class and High School Programs. More information on scholarships will be forthcoming.

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registration for the 2017 poi debate institute at uc berkeley is now open!


REGISTRATION FOR THE 2017 POI DEBATE INSTITUTE OREGON IS NOW OPEN. CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION.

All returning POI debaters receive a 15% discount if you register before January 1, 2017! If you've attended one of our summer programs, please enter "POIAlum" at checkout. Returning POI debaters who register in 2017 will still receive a 10% discount.

New POI debaters will receive a 10% discount if you register before January 1, 2017! Please enter "POIwelcome" at checkout.

THE FLAGSHIP:

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley Two-Week Master Class Program (Sold Out)

The POI Debate Institute takes the concerns of its debaters very seriously and we are committed to making our Master Class program as accessible as possible. We've heard your price concerns, and we are lowering the price of the Master Class program from $4,725 to $3,575. In order to accommodate the program's lower price, we will be shortening the length of the Master Class program from 18 to 14 days. 

This program will offer two 60% need-based scholarships. Scholarship applications will be available starting January 1, 2017.

This year, outside of offering the nation's most rigorous and successful parliamentary debate program, we will also be taking a few social breaks to enjoy the world outside of parli.

Please note that admission into the Master Class Program is contingent on meeting entry requirements.

July 13-27, 2017 (16 debater cap) 

Tuition: $3,575

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER! 

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley 10-Day High School Program (Session A and Session B: SOLD OUT) NOTE: This year has seen unprecedented demand so we will be attempting to add a few more spaces to each 10-Day High School Program.

Each session will offer one full need-based scholarship, one 25% need-based scholarship, and one 50% need-based scholarship. Scholarship applications will be available starting January 1, 2017.

Session A: July 9-19, 2017 (24 debater cap)

Session B: July 19-29, 2017 (24 debater cap) 

Tuition: $2,625

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

The POI Debate Institute at UC Berkeley One-Week Middle School Program (Sold Out)

June 15-22, 2017 (16 debater cap)

Tuition: $1,575

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

The POI Debate Institute will be providing nearly $20,000 in need-based scholarships for the Master Class and High School Programs. More information on scholarships will be forthcoming.

Our Future Starts Here

Debaters and coaches of the 2016 Master Class Program at UC Berkeley.

The POI Debate Institute, now entering its fifth year, is pleased to announce that we will be staging the nation's premier high school in-residence parliamentary debate institute at UC Berkeley. The POI Debate Institute is open to debaters of all skill levels.

The POI Debate Institute will continue to offer a best-in-class experience instruction led by nationally renowned college and high school coaches and an amazingly low instructor:debater ratio of 1:8. We will continue to uphold our mission to serve the needs of high school students aspiring to be the best parliamentary debaters in the nation. The POI Debate Institute is competitive, demanding, and rigorous and will push you to achieve your potential. It is unlike any other parliamentary debate program offered in the nation.

We know that that time and money invested in a summer debate program is predicated on the expectation debaters will develop the requisite skills and knowledge to make them more competitive and to that we offer a track record of unparalleled success when it comes to training high school parliamentary debaters.

Debaters trained at the POI Debate Institute dominate national high school parliamentary debate and have won almost every major high school invitational including Stanford, Yale, MLK, University of the Pacific, the California State Tournament, Willamette, Fullerton, Oregon, Claremont, NPDI, the 6x4, and the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions.

While we are proud of our success, we know that parliamentary debate is far more than a collection of trophies. At the POI Debate Institute we truly believe parliamentary debate is an investment in the future. Parliamentary debaters are special because of their unique ability to engage, analyze, and process the seemingly indecipherable white background noise that permeates our world. One round might be about the situation in the Central African Republic with the next round pivoting to the possibility of war in the South China Sea only to be followed by a round weighing the benefits and detriments of European austerity policies. The best parliamentary debaters have a heightened awareness of the multiplicity of problems that afflict our planet and they are constantly conceiving and testing ways to solve these problems. The young women and men who participate in parliamentary debate are inspirations. They provide hope. They are the seeds of a better future.

So please join us this summer. We look forward to seeing you in California and Oregon!

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Who we Are


Our amazing core of directors and coaches is the reason the POI Debate Institute is what it is: the nation's best high school parliamentary debate program. 

Who we Are


Our amazing core of directors and coaches is the reason the POI Debate Institute is what it is: the nation's best high school parliamentary debate program. 

David Saulet, Director and Coach of the POI Master Class Program

David “Bear” Saulet began debating at the community college level for El Camino College. After two years of successful competition at both the state and national levels, Bear transferred to Concordia University Irvine on a debate scholarship. During his time at Concordia, Bear and his partner would become the top parliamentary debate partnership in California as well as the second best partnership nationwide. Since graduating from Concordia, Bear has served as the Assistant Director of Debate at Concordia Irvine, where his team won 1st place sweepstakes at the national NPDA tournament, as well as the Assistant Director of Forensics at Oxford Academy. Bear is currently working on completing his Communication Studies Master’s degree at California State University Long Beach, when not watching horror movies and obsessing over Star Wars

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Zach Moss, Assistant Coach of the POI Master Class Program

Zach debated for two years at Concordia University Irvine during which time Zach and his partner Bear Saulet (Master Class Program Director) won multiple tournaments, posting a league-high 50 prelim wins, and were the second-ranked team on the NPTE leaderboard their senior year. Since then, Zach has acquired a Master’s degree in Communication and Journalism from the University of Wyoming. While coaching at the University of Wyoming, the university’s policy debate team continued their decade-long qualification to the NDT and posted a double-octofinalist finish at the NDT as well as a quarterfinalist finish at CEDA Nationals. Zach currently coaches NFA-Lincoln Douglas and freelances as a parliamentary debate coach. In the 2016-17 season alone they have coached the winners of the first half of Mile High and the second half of the McKendree swing, as well as the ninth place team at the NPTE.

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Sierra Maciorowski, Program Director/Instructor of the Middle School and High School Program

Sierra competed in high school for Sonoma Academy, where she saw her team rise to #3 in the nation during her year as captain, finishing the year ranked 10th as an individual in parliamentary debate. During her gap year, Sierra was ranked #1 as a community college team in NPDA debate while competing for Santa Rosa Junior College.  Sierra began her coaching career by founding a middle school team at Sonoma Country Day School, and now coaches parliamentary debate for the Mountain View - Los Altos school district, in addition to private students. In her first year with MVLA, debaters she works with have won the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions, Martin Luther King, Jr. Invitational, Vikings Invitational, and Berkeley High School Invitational, and reached semifinals at the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, Stephen Schwartz Invitational, and Dempsey-Cronin Invitational. MVLA is currently ranked #2 nationally. Sierra attends Stanford University, where she intends to double-major in English and Science, Technology and Society, and competes in APDA and BP for the Stanford Debate Society. 

Thomas Liao, Co-Director/Instructor of the Middle School and High School Program

After competing in debate in middle school, Thomas co-founded the Campolindo High School debate team in 2012. Over the course of 4 years, it became one of the top clubs in the nation, ranking #3 at the end of the 2015-2016 season. He finished his senior season ranked 6th individually, reaching semifinals at the Tournament of Champions and the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational at UC Berkeley, quarterfinals at the Stanford, 8x4, and Notre Dame Invitationals, and octofinals at the Jon Schamber Invitational. Thomas now competes in NPDA debate for the University of California, Berkeley, where he is currently ranked #10 nationally after reaching finals at the 2017 National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence and semifinals at the NPDA Championship, winning the Georgia B. Bowman Invitational, and taking second place at the Golden Gate Invitational. In addition to his own debate career, Thomas has coached middle- and high-school debaters extensively. 

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Basil Abushama, Co-Director/Instructor of the High School Program

Basil was the president of the debate team at Evergreen Valley High School for two years and led his team to extraordinary renown and growth. Along with his partner, Basil was the first debater in parliamentary debate history to win the Parliamentary Debate Tournament of Champions two years in a row. His list of championships and top speaker awards includes the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational, the Yale Invitational, the Santa Clara University Invitational, the Claremont Invitational, the Bruschke Invitational, and the Georgiana Hayes Invitational. Basil won an award at every high school tournament he competed in since his junior year and hung up his boots as one of the top-ranked high school debaters in the event's history. Basil now attends the University of California, Berkeley.

Jack Greenberg, Co-Director/Instructor of the High School Program

Jack had an accomplished career in parliamentary debate at Sonoma Academy, and was captain of his debate team during the 2015-2016 season. His list of achievements includes winning the Jon Schamber Invitational and CSU Fullerton Invitational, reaching semifinals at the California State Championship and the Stanford Invitational, and quarterfinals at the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational. Outside his own high-school career, he created a free public speaking and debate summer camp for middle-school students, which he has run since 2014. Jack finished his senior season ranked 7th nationally, and now attends Stanford University, where he plans to major in Management Science & Engineering. 


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Spencer DembnerHigh School Program Instructor

Spencer Dembner is the president of the Mountain View - Los Altos speech and debate team, competes in parliamentary debate with a brief foray into Lincoln-Douglas debate, and has been at the top of the parliamentary debate national rankings since he was a sophomore. Where most debaters can hope to rise in the rankings as they age, Spencer is unique, as the only person in parliamentary debate history to be ranked #1 nationally for all three years of his varsity career-- generally by a large margin. After reaching finals at four tournaments his sophomore year, including the Tournament of Champions, the Dempsey-Cronin Invitational, and the 8x4, and winning the Stanford Invitational that spring, he went on his junior year to win the Dempsey-Cronin Invitational, and repeat his finals performance at the Stanford Invitational and the 2016 Tournament of Champions. In his two appearances at the TOC, Spencer lost an unprecedented single preliminary round ballot out of 26 total. This year, Spencer began his season by winning the Yale Invitational, the Dempsey-Cronin Invitational, and the Totally Free Tournament, and reaching semifinals at the Jon Schamber Invitational and the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational.

Lilly Hackworth, High School Program Instructor

Lilly has competed in parliamentary debate and extemporaneous and impromptu speaking since her freshman year at Notre Dame San Jose High School, and is her team's parliamentary debate captain. She finished her sophomore season ranked #11 as an individual after competing with multiple partners throughout an accomplished year, including appearances in quarterfinals at the Stanford Invitational, the Martin Luther King Jr. Invitational, the Dempsey-Cronin Invitational, and the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational. Her junior year career included reaching finals at Claremont's Wolfpack Invitational, in addition to competing in other forensics events. Lilly took 12th place at NSDA Nationals in World Schools Debate in 2016, 2nd place in impromptu at the Jon Schamber Invitational, 6th place at the CHSSA State Championship in domestic extemporaneous speaking, and was a semifinalist in extemporaneous speaking and quarterfinalist in impromptu speaking at the Cal Invitational. Her senior season began with wins at Yale Invitational, the Dempsey-Cronin Invitational, and the Totally Free Tournament, and semifinals at the Jon Schamber Invitational, in addition to semifinals at the National Parliamentary Debate Invitational. 

Want your name here next?

Instructor applications are up and running. 

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The World's Greatest Public University


The POI Debate Institute is proud to call UC Berkeley, the flagship of the University of California system, home and we believe one of the greatest benefits we offer is the week debaters get to spend on the campus of one of the world's greatest universities.

Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the oldest institution in the UC system. Berkeley's faculty and alumni have won 72 Nobel Prizes, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 15 Turing Awards, 20 Academy Awards, 11 Pulitzer Prizes, and discovered 6 chemical elements.

The 2013-2014 Times Higher Education Assessment of the world's greatest universities ranked Berkeley #8. Among the world's universities, Berkeley has the 2nd highest number of academic programs ranked in the top-ten.

Berkeley, probably more than any other university in the nation, gained a reputation for student activism during the 1960s with student opposition to the Vietnam War and the Free Speech Movement calling for the lifting of the ban on on-campus political activity and the acknowledgement of the rights of all students to free speech and academic freedom.

Berkeley's proud history for speaking truth to power, its continued commitment to being a college with a conscience, and its embrace of academic excellence make it the ideal backdrop for a week of intense examination of values, ideals, and discourse.

The World's Greatest Public University


The POI Debate Institute is proud to call UC Berkeley, the flagship of the University of California system, home and we believe one of the greatest benefits we offer is the week debaters get to spend on the campus of one of the world's greatest universities.

Founded in 1868, Berkeley is the oldest institution in the UC system. Berkeley's faculty and alumni have won 72 Nobel Prizes, 45 MacArthur Fellowships, 15 Turing Awards, 20 Academy Awards, 11 Pulitzer Prizes, and discovered 6 chemical elements.

The 2013-2014 Times Higher Education Assessment of the world's greatest universities ranked Berkeley #8. Among the world's universities, Berkeley has the 2nd highest number of academic programs ranked in the top-ten.

Berkeley, probably more than any other university in the nation, gained a reputation for student activism during the 1960s with student opposition to the Vietnam War and the Free Speech Movement calling for the lifting of the ban on on-campus political activity and the acknowledgement of the rights of all students to free speech and academic freedom.

Berkeley's proud history for speaking truth to power, its continued commitment to being a college with a conscience, and its embrace of academic excellence make it the ideal backdrop for a week of intense examination of values, ideals, and discourse.