All classes have one coach who facilitates discussions on new areas of knowledge or strategic concepts, helps students prepare arguments for new debate topics, and judges practice debates among students. Students are expected to read the news regularly and prepare debate cases as homework before class. Almost every class will have one practice debate – which is followed immediately by detailed coach feedback targeted towards improvement. The rest of class time is spent preparing for practice debates, discussing new concepts, and practicing skills through a variety of speech and debate activities.
Most classes will emphasis both one skill area and one knowledge area; for example one class might focus on getting students familiar with weighing the importance of different arguments, and do so using debates about the role of education. Some classes will be specifically devoted to a skill, and others will be specifically devoted to an area of knowledge, but most classes will involve both.
While coaches will be given a good deal of discretion in determining each class’s lesson plan, student input is important too. Feedback from students will be incorporated into the direction of future lessons.