Sample Agenda

Below you will find a sample agenda from a 2017 Fall State convention. Actual agendas (times, subjects) will vary by convention location.


Registration: 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Opening Session & Keynote Speaker: 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Organizational Block: 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM

  •    Teacher Advisor Meeting
  •    Beginner Debate Workshop
  •    Intermediate Debate Workshop
  •    Advance Debate Workshop
  •    Moderating Workshop (Want to learn how to moderate a debate? Come to this workshop and you’ll be the best moderator on the block!)

Lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Block I: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

  • Resolved, that feminism is no longer necessary.
  • Resolved, that the Federal Government establish a national $15 minimum wage.
  • Resolved, that capitalism is no longer in the best interests of the American people.
  • Thought Talk: Is marriage necessary to achieve the American Dream?

Block II: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

  • Assembly Meeting
  • Resolved, that charter schools raise the quality of education in America.
  • Novice Debate: Resolved, that the supreme court overturn the Citizens United decision.
  • Thought Talk: What should the government do to bridge the black-white education gap?

Block III: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

  • Teacher Advisor Reception
  • Resolved, that all schools be required to provide gender neutral bathrooms.
  • Resolved, that the death penalty is an appropriate response to premeditated murder.
  • Thought Talk Is isolationism a pragmatic solution to the economic situation?

Block IV: 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

  • Resolved, that the American Dream is no longer attainable.
  • Resolved, that Congress adopts a policy of amnesty for all illegal immigrants.
  • Thought Talk: Does China pose an imminent threat to the United States?

Key Distribution: 5:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Dinner: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Chapter Caucus: 8:00 PM – 8:30 PM

At this time, chapters from all across states get together and show their chapter pride!

Nighttime Activities: 8:30 PM – 12:00 AM

  • Dance
  • Karaoke
  • Impromptu Debates


Breakfast & Checkout: 7:45 AM – 8:45 AM

Block V: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

  • Summer School Information Session
  • Resolved, that standardized tests do not accurately measure student achievement.
  • Resolved, that cable news is detrimental to the American people’s perception of politics.
  • Thought Talk: What characteristics make up an ideal politician?

Activism Block: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

  • Political Fair

Students have the chance to meet and engage with local politicians and get involved with activism initiatives and activities.

Block VI: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

  • Resolved, that unions are necessary to protect workers.
  • Resolved, that the United States create a publicly owned fiber optic network.
  • Resolved, that lobbying is an obstruction to democracy.
  • Thought Talk: How can the United States combat institutionalized racism?

Lunch: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Block VII: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

  • Resolved, that Supreme Court justices be subject to term limits.
  • Resolved, that the United States pay reparations to descendants of slaves.
  • Thought Talk: How should the United States pursue energy independence?

Block VIII: 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

  • Resolved, that the public school system gives equal opportunity to students of all backgrounds.
  • Resolved, that America establish a “Fat Tax”.
  • Resolved, that the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
  • Thought Talk: What steps need to be taken to combat rape on college campuses?

Closing Session: 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM