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
- 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