developing leaders

courses to future-ready Kids, TEENS & ADULTS

Taught exclusively by USA Faculty | founder from stanford university

Debaters enroll 7X at top U.S. colleges

Non-debaters (grey)   Debaters (blue)

Based on 1,963 NSDA surveys, 2019

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Meet our Founder

Head Faculty

Mr. Kacholia is an ex-State Champion Debater two years in a row in the United States, winning numerous 1st and 2nd place speaker and team awards, an alumnus of Stanford University and Goldman Sachs, former Board President of the American School of Bombay (ASB), has held leadership roles on Wall Street and as an entrepreneur, and worked for two United States Senators. Read about Mr. Kacholia's vision here and press articles here.

Courses are taught exclusively by US faculty. Click here for student testimonials

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Kids

Courses: Debate

Starts in August - grades 3-5

Get a head start on building key academic and life skills with our junior debate courses designed for fun and rigor. Register for Q6 Courtrooms 3.0 ES featuring exciting, collaborative, new courtroom debate cases! Course details further below.

Mon & Thurs, 5pm-6:30pm

Aug 16-Oct 8

Signup for an ES course now!

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Teens

Courses: Speech, Debate, Global Chronicles 4.0, Research & Writing Scholars

Starts in August - grades 6-12

Enroll now to join new Speech and Debate courses. One or two days a week Core speech and debate courses on weekdays, our popular GC4.0 national/ international tournament prep on Saturdays, and new Research and Writing Scholars Program on Sunday mornings. Course details further below.

Starts mid-August, various times

Signup for MS/HS courses now!

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Adults

Courses: Reinvent Yourself!

Coming Soon - for Adults

Are you seeking to re-enter the workforce, change career paths, start a business or new passion project? Learning isn't just for kids - take charge of your future path! Meet once a week to engage in lectures, case study discussions, and gain new perspectives on re-positioning your future with self-empowerment for success! Course details further below.

Signup for an Adult course now!

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Global Chronicles 4.0

Students based internationally and in India can enroll now for Global Chronicles 4.0, our tournament prep course on Saturdays August 2021 - December 2021 plus Special Tournament Prep Sessions, open to new and current students in Grades 5-11 for the 2021-22 academic year. Learn rigorous international debate formats, collaborate with team members, research and develop unique cases on diverse globally relevant topics, and compete for spots at Global Events through Speech and Debate India, the exclusive India partner of the U.S. NSDA. Topic analysis and coaching by Mr. Kacholia. See further below for more information on the success of our GC2 and GC3 class students at international events at Stanford University, Harvard University, and Georgetown University debate tournaments!

Grades 5-12 (MS/HS): Saturdays 1pm-2:30pm, or 2:30pm-4pm, or 4:30pm-6pm, or 6:30pm-8pm IST. Students will learn and work with partners based on grade level and experience.

Q6/7: August 14 - December 12

Faculty: Mr. Kacholia

Format: Debate course

Best for: students aiming to advance to a national level and represent India at international level debate tournaments!

Signup here for Global Chronicles 4.0 now!

Research & Writing Scholars

A special research and writing focused course on Sunday mornings. Students will work independently and in small groups on research and writing assignments across a diverse range of topics including science, psychology, linguistics, and philosophy. Develop your persuasive writing, work on writing drills and analysis, and learn scholarly research skills through lectures and class discussions with Mr. Kacholia. Top student writing pieces will be recognized and published on our site!

Grades 6-12 (MS/HS): Sundays 11am-12:15pm

Q6/7: August 22 - December 12

Faculty: Mr. Kacholia

Format: Writing & Research course

Best for: students seeking to advance their writing and research skills!

Signup here for Research & Writing Scholars now!

Peanut Butter vs. Jelly

Fun debates for younger kids in grades 2 to 4! Students will learn basic debating skills including note-taking, research, and writing, while becoming comfortable expressing their thoughts. Topics include a variety of fun debates in food, space exploration, sports, and technology. Students will work on age appropriate debates, gain comfort, and prepare in a collaborative, small team approach. Debate helps kids develop critical life skills and this course is designed with a gentle format to help kids gain an early foundation! This is a fun, exciting, introductory debate course for children!

Grades 2-4 (ES): Tuesdays & Fridays, 5pm-6:30pm

Q6: August 16 - October 9

Faculty: Mr. Kacholia

Format: Debate course

Best for: students interested in learning basic debate skills in a fun and engaging format!

Signup here for Peanut Butter vs Jelly now!

Mysteries and Courtrooms 3.0

A new version of our popular course on mock courtroom trials. Students will work on age appropriate legal cases in a highly collaborative, team based approach. This is a fun, exciting, and rigorous debate format. Learn to debate while enhancing attention to evidence and detail, structure, and planning cross-examination questions. Students work together on complex cases with evidence to hunt for clues, re-construct events, solve mysteries, and persuade for a positive verdict!

Grades 3-5 (ES): Mondays & Thursdays, 5pm-6:30pm

Grades 6-12 (MS/HS): Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30pm-8pm

Q6: August 16 - October 9

Faculty: Mr. Kacholia

Format: Debate course

Best for: students interested in courtroom debates and solving mysteries in this entertaining format!

Signup here for Courtrooms 3.0 now!

Cryptocurrency Debates, Econ 2.0

A new version of our economics focused course to learn about and debate one of the most controversial topics of recent years: cryptocurrencies. Students will work on debating modern digital currencies and their implications on the world around us. No prior knowledge required. Learn how crypto works and is used. Debate the economic value of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, the implications to governments and regulators in developed and developing countries, and what lies ahead for consumers?

Grades 6-12 (MS/HS): Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30pm-8pm,

Q6: August 16 - October 9

Faculty: Mr. Kacholia

Format: Debate course

Best for: students looking to develop their debate skills and interested in economics, business, and current events!

Signup here for Cryptocurrency Debates, Econ 2.0 now!

Fun, Creative Debates 2.0

A new version of our popular student-requested course on fun, creative debate topics. In FCD2.0, students will be creating a New Utopian world. Students will engage in innovative discussions and debates exploring and answering: what would a perfect world look like? Learn how to balance views and work with team members to identify which values should be prioritized at a global, local, and personal level. Debate and reimagine key elements of society!

Grades 6-12 (MS/HS): Tuesdays 6:30pm-8pm

Q6/7: August 16 - December 12

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Format: Debate course

Best for: students who enjoy debating and are seeking a fun and creative format!

Signup here for Fun, Creative Debates 2.0 now!

Intro to Speech

A new solo format of competitive speech where students will learn how to research and prepare original and informative speeches. Students will be introduced to two of the most popular speech events and learn how to prepare, present, and perform their work independently. In this course, they'll learn and engage with Mr. Juan, whose students have placed at major tournaments in the United States in speech events!

Grades 6-12 (MS/HS): Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30pm-8pm

Q6: August 16 - October 9

Faculty: Mr. Juan

Format: Speech course

Best for: students seeking to work independently to learn how to write and present speeches!

Signup here for Intro to Speech now!

Reinvent Yourself!

A new course for Adults. Studies have found that only 15% of adults are satisfied with their careers - if you're in the 85%, whether re-entering the workforce, or seeking a new role, entrepreneurial pursuit, social cause, or passion project / adventure, this course is designed to help you identify and assess options, develop a plan, and make the most of your time ahead! Despite strong interest in seeking change, 94% of adults cite barriers to change. In these interactive lectures, Mr. Kacholia will guide you through new perspectives on breaking down those barriers and repositioning your inherent strengths. As the world rapidly evolves, life-long learning is important to maintain an edge, rekindle life goals, and take charge of your future pathways! Meet once a week to engage in lectures, case study discussions, and empower yourself to take on new pursuits!

Adults: Wednesdays

Q6/7: Coming Soon!

Faculty: Mr. Kacholia

Format: Lecture and discussion course

Best for: adults seeking a new pursuit, self-reflecting, defining goals, and constructing paths for success!

Waitlist here for Reinvent Yourself!

SPECIAL: STANFORD & HARVARD UNIVERSITY TOURNAMENTS 

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADE 6-11 STUDENTS SELECTED FOR STANFORD & HARVARD!

The Stanford University and Harvard University Debate Tournaments were held in February 2021 with typically the top 1-2% of Middle School and High School debaters in the United States, China and other countries competing in global events. 90% of our grade 6-11 Global Chronicles 2.0 course students were selected to compete in the Stanford and/or Harvard University Tournaments!

Update: The Global Chronicles 3.0 course has launched and is now closed. Waitlist for The Global Chronicles 4.0 for either the beginner or advanced level or for other core courses in May, June, July 2021 at the waitlist form.

Students based internationally and in India can apply now for selection to The Global Chronicles 4.0 tournament preparation course starting Saturdays August 2021 - December 2021 plus Special Tournament Prep Sessions**, open to new and current students in Grades 5-11 for the 2021-22 academic year. Learn international debate formats, collaborate with team members, research and develop unique cases on diverse globally relevant topics, and compete for spots at Global Events through Speech and Debate India, the exclusive India partner of the U.S. NSDA.

No prior experience needed. We're looking for academically sharp and curious kids - both introverts and extroverts can succeed in debate. Apply today. Limited Seats!

The Global Chronicles 4.0 is taught by our Founder, Mr. Rajiv Kacholia to train students for international debate competitions. Mr. Kacholia is an ex-State Champion Debater, and alumnus of Stanford University and Goldman Sachs. Read more about Mr. Kacholia's background and vision here and press articles here.

 

The Global Chronicles 4.0 dates and times will be announced soon.

 

GC3 started Saturday March 20th and will run through August 7th, 2021** (more info further below). International students, check your time zone for schedule:

  • India: 6:30-8pm IST

  • USA East Coast: 9am-10:30am EST

  • USA Central: 8am-9:30am CST

  • USA Mountain: 7am-8:30am MST

  • United Kingdom: 1pm-2:30pm

  • Dubai: 5pm-6:30pm

Apply for this incredible experience today - The Global Chronicles 4.0

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speech and debate india advances at stanford & harvard tournaments

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRADE 6-11 GLOBAL CHRONICLES 2.0 STUDENTS!

Speech and Debate India students competed with some of the best teams in the world recently. Below is a brief highlight clip from the Harvard University Debate Tournament Award Ceremony where our Speech and Debate India team is recognized.

Waitlist for this incredible experience today - The Global Chronicles 4.0

  • Traditional education with teachers simply imparting knowledge is failing to holistically prepare kids.
     

  • U.S. Debate is research-backed, engaging students in a thrilling learning experience and proven to boost grades, critical thinking, and balanced leadership. Debate can pay back in productivity gains, making school easier, with debaters typically in the top 10% of their class.
     

  • U.S. Debate Aumni include Jeff Bezos (Amazon), Jack Dorsey (Twitter), Ted Turner (CNN), Oprah Winfrey; U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy, Jimmy CarterRonald Reagan, and Bill Clinton.

"Confidence, eloquence, friendliness, and open-mindedness... truly essential for leaders."  Mr. Kacholia in Tribune India.

#1: US Coaching

Inspired by Founder - 2 time US State Debate Champion, Stanford University Alumnus

#2: unique approach

Modern Pedagogy - Review videos, parent & student testimonials, and FAQs

​#3: Grade level

Select Division - based on 2021-22 grade level for course options

#4: select courses

Select Courses - read descriptions, watch preview videos, and check schedule

#1: Live US Coaching

U.S. COACHING FOR GIFTED CHILDREN:

Inspired by our Founder – two time U.S. State Debate Champion and Stanford University alumnus, Rajiv Kacholia.
 

"Their points need to be evidence-based and backed by research... I wanted to give them a voice and the confidence to speak up, though respectfully, and express their opinion." Mr. Kacholia in Indian Express.

#2: Unique approach

FUTURE READY  CREATIVITY, CRITICAL THINKING, & COLLABORATION

Uniquely thrilling and rigorous U.S. curriculum is taught by U.S. faculty based in Mumbai. This is not a traditional elocution class. Mr. Kacholia has developed a uniquely modern pedagogy to advance competitive debate and essential 21st century life skills by augmenting evidence-based debate formats. 

"Research demonstrates that debaters advance in reading, writing, and life skills. We use exciting games and challenge our students to extend beyond their personal opinions and explore alternative perspectives through rigorous analysis and discussion. Children dive into topics, become self-motivated to read and process information faster, while aspiring to formulate creative ideas supported by evidence-based reasoning." – Mr. Kacholia in Education World.

 

#3: Grade level determines division and course time

No prior debate experience or content knowledge is required. Our pedagogy integrates new kids quickly - they will start participating in discussions and debating in their first week!

 

Based on your child's grade level, we will assign them to the appropriate class time for their age group. Available times are on the Application Form. Our divisions include:​​

  • Grades 3-5: ES (Elementary School)

  • Grade 6-8: MS (Middle School)

  • Grades 9-12: HS (High School)

GUIDE TO DIVISIONS

previous courses - each covers new debate topics

INTENSIVE SUMMER 2021 DEBATE COURSES!

NEW: Younger students can enroll now in the following twice weekly special science and ecology debate course:

Grade 3-5, The Race to Extinction - June 21 - July 21, Mon-Wed 3pm-5pm.  (SOLD OUT)

Grade 6-8, The Race to Extinction - June 22 - July 22, Tue-Thu 4pm-6pm.  (SOLD OUT)

Habitat loss and extinction are perhaps the greatest threat to biodiversity. This course delves into the causes and effects, along with potential solutions to the problem. We will debate and then recognize the importance of each creature in our ecosystem.

NEW: MS/HS students (grade 6-11) can enroll now in the following courses taught live online, exclusively by Speech and Debate India's Founder, Mr. Rajiv KacholiaMr. Kacholia is an ex-State Champion Debater two years in a row in the United States, winning numerous 1st and 2nd place speaker and team awards, an alumnus of Stanford University and Goldman Sachs, former Board President of the American School of Bombay (ASB), has worked for two United States Senators and served as an Advisor to the New York City Economic Development Council post the Great Recession of 2008 when Michael Bloomberg was Mayor. Read more about Mr. Kacholia's background and vision here and press articles here.

NEW Intensive Summer Debate Courses:

Global Leadership 4.0 - April 21 - May 10, Mon-Wed-Fri 4pm-6pm. Signup!  (SOLD OUT)

Reimagining Western Intervention - May 10 - May 21, Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 6pm-8pm. Signup!  (SOLD OUT)

Economic Crises - May 31 - June 11, Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 6pm-8pm. Signup!  (SOLD OUT) 

Philosophical Conundrums - June 21- July 2, Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri 6pm-8pm. Signup!  (SOLD OUT)

Keep mentally engaged this summer with our exciting intensive debate courses. Each curriculum is personally structured by Mr. Kacholia for students to learn and advance their debating, critical thinking, and leadership development skills. Debate requires commitment, an openness to different perspectives, and focus, as both introverts and extroverts can excel.

Global Leadership 4.0 

A new version of our popular leadership development course, this time with a focus on learning about and debating the political process! Dive deeper by debating elections, political party systems, coalition building, political decision making, and domestic policies in this global political course! Signup!

Reimagining Western Intervention

Special Tournament Prep Course for the Spring Tournament / Nationals. Western nations have long held an active global role through imperialism and modern political alliances and economic strategies. This special course examines the pros and cons of Western Interventionist policies and strategies, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region. This course will examine war and political interventions in trade and economics, human rights, terrorism, and nuclear threats to help prepare for the Spring / National Tournament series! Signup!

Economic Crises

Economic cycles, crises, and policy responses are a recurring direct and indirect theme in global debate topics. This course debates critical economic issues through the lens of periods of global and regional crises along with governmental and financial market responses! Signup!

Philosophical Conundrums

We'll join the ranks of philosophers who have long debated questions of human nature, existence and aim, while attempting to solve some unsolvable conundrums! This course will challenge you to think deeply and broaden your perspectives on matters of life, ethics, and human behavior! Signup!

Other options/requests for ES, MS, HS, and College/Adult students? Send us your requests and waitlist for upcoming courses!

Meets: Saturdays Aug 14 - Dec 11

Grades 5-11. various times IST 1pm, 2:30pm, 5pm, 6:30pm**. 2021-22 Year

The Global Chronicles 4.0

NEW! Special Tournament Prep Semester Course.  Prep for elite global tournament selections!! Beginners welcome. Signup!

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Q1/2: Aug 14th - Dec 11th

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Tue & Thu, Mar 23 - May 8

Grades 2-11. 5-6:30 (ES), 6:30-8 (MS/HS), All times pm, IST

Business & Sports 2.0

New version of this fun, relatable course learning business management and leadership through sports! Closed

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Q4: Mar 23rd - May 8th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Friday, Jan 11 - May 8

Grades 5-12. 6:30-8 (ES/MS/HS), All times pm, IST

Fun, Creative Debates

This once a week fun debate course will examine wacky and creative topics by student demand! Closed

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Q3/4: Jan 11th - May 8th 

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Mon & Wed, Jan 11 - Mar 6

Grades 5-12. 6:30-8 (ES/MS/HS). All times pm, IST

Me, My Brain, and I  2.0

New version of our popular course on cognitive science & psychology, this time debating success and happiness! Closed

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Q3: Jan 11th - Mar 6th 

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Saturday, Jan 2 - May 8

Grades 5-12. 1-3 (ES/JMS), 3-5 (MS/HS), All times pm, IST

The Global Chronicles 2.0

Special Tournament Prep Semester Course.  Q4 prepare for Regionals, Nationals, and Global tournament selections!! Closed

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Q3/4: Jan 2nd - May 8th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Tue & Thu, Oct 13 - Dec 5

Grades 1-12. 3-4:30 (YE/JES) 5-6:30 (ES/JMS), 6:30-8 (MS/HS), 8-9:30 (MS/HS)

Federer, FCB & Fortnite

Greatest athletes across sports, sports team management, board games, & video gaming industry! Preview above. Closed

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Q2: October 13th - Dec 5th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Fri & Sat, Oct 16 - Dec 5

Grades 8-12 only* 6:30-8 (MS/HS). 

College Admission Debates

Extracurriculars, Internships/Passion Projects/Summer Programs, Interviewing, College Selection and Essays! Closed

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Q2: October 16th - Dec 5th 

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Mon & Wed, Aug 17 - Oct 3

Grades 4-12. ES, JMS, MS, HS

Mumbai + Miami = Atlantis

Climate change causes, risks, key players, alternative technologies, and future impacts! Closed

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Q1: August 17th - October 3rd

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Fri & Sat, Aug 21 - Oct 3

Grades 4-12. ES, JMS, MS, HS

Behind the Scenes

Critical analysis of film & TV genres, actors/actresses, scripts, budget & producers! Closed

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Q1: August 21st - October 3rd

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Mon & Wed, Mar 22 - May 8

Grades 5-11. 6:30-8 (MS/HS). All times pm, IST. 2020-21 Academic Year

Global Leadership 3.0

A new version of our popular leadership development course, this time with a focus on reimagining government!  Closed

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Q4: Mar 22nd - May 8th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Tue & Thu, Jan 11 - Mar 6

Grades 1-12. 5-6:30 (ES/JMS), 6:30-8 (MS/HS)

Courtrooms 2.0

New, exciting courtroom mock trial debates as requested by students, utilizing a highly collaborative format! Closed

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Q3: Jan 11th - Mar 6th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Saturday, Jan 2 - May 8

Grades 5-12. 1-3 (ES/JMS), 3-5 (MS/HS), All times pm, IST

The Global Chronicles 2.0

Special Tournament Prep Semester Course.  Q3 prepare for Harvard/Stanford University tournament selections!! Closed

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Q3/4: Jan 2nd - May 8th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Friday, Jan 11 - May 8

Grades 5-12. 5-6:30 (ES/JMS), 6:30-8 (MS/HS)

Arts & Technology

Inside our passion for music, architecture, art and visual design technology, as we debate these creative fields! Closed

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Q3/4: Jan 11th - May 8th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Mon & Wed, Oct 12 - Dec 5

Grades 4-12. 5-6:30 (ES/JMS), 6:30-8 (MS), 8-9:30 (MS/HS)

Innovation & Impact

Inside Stanford University's innovative design thinking, epic inventions with global impact, discoveries & visionaries! Closed

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Q2: October 12th - Dec 5th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Tue & Thu, Oct 13 - Dec 5

Grades 5-12. 6:30-8 (MS/HS). All times pm, IST

My Robotic Sibling

Examining innovations in AI, ethics, the possible impacts of tech near- and longer-term for us all! Preview above. Closed

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Q2: October 13th - Dec 5th 

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Sat, Aug 17 - Dec 5

Grades 4-12. ES, JMS, MS, HS

The Global Chronicles

Special Tournament Prep Semester Course.  The latter part of the course will focus on Regional Tournament A prep! Closed

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Q1 & Q2: **Aug 17th - Dec 5th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Tue & Thu, Aug 18 - Oct 3

Grades 1-12. YE, JES, ES, JMS, MS, HS

Global Leadership 2.0

A new version of our popular course on leaders, leadership styles, decisions made, & role play debates! Closed

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Q1: August 18th - October 3rd

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Fri & Sat, Aug 21 - Oct 3

Grades 8-12 only*

Where: Know Your Options

Get the inside scoop on types of colleges, location choices, & finding the best fit. Course 1 of 4 to be College-Ready! Closed

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Q1: August 21st - October 3rd

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Mon & Wed, Mar 15 - May 8

Grades 6-11. 6:30-8 (ES/MS/HS). All times pm, IST. 2020-21 Academic Year

Ethics & Human Rights

Debates on human rights, ethics, and the psychology & sociology of what's right and what's wrong? Closed

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Q4: Mar 15th - May 8th 

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Friday, Jan 11 - May 8

Grades 5-12. 5-6:30 (ES/JMS), 6:30-8 (MS/HS)

Arts & Technology

Inside our love for music, art, architecture, and visual design technology, dive deep as we debate these creative fields! Closed

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Q3/4: Jan 11th - May 8th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Mon & Wed, Jan 11 - Mar 6

Grades 1-12. 5-6:30 (JES/ES/JMS), 6:30-8 (MS/HS)

Revolutions!

Examining and debating key revolutions including modern movements like Me Too and Black Lives Matter! Closed

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Q3: Jan 11th - Mar 6th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Friday, Jan 11 - May 8

Grades 5-12. 6:30-8 (ES/MS/HS), All times pm, IST

Fun, Creative Debates

This once a week fun debate course will examine relatable and creative topics by student demand! Closed

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Q3/4: Jan 11th - May 8th 

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Mon & Wed, Oct 12 - Dec 5

Grades 5-12. 6:30-8 (MS/HS). All times pm, IST

Bus & Entrepreneurship 2.0

New version of our popular summer course on business plans, entrepreneurs, & forming your own start-up! Preview above. Closed

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Q2: October 12th - Dec 5th 

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Fri & Sat, Oct 16 - Dec 5

Grades 4-12. 5-6:30 (ES/JMS), 6:30-8 (MS/HS)

Netflix vs AMZN vs Hotstar

Business & marketing through the lens of media, content acquisition, positioning, & the future of news! Preview above. Closed

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Q2: October 16th - Dec 5th 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Mon & Wed, Aug 17 - Oct 3

Grades 4-12. ES, JMS, MS, HS

Mysteries and Courtrooms

Unsolved mysteries, all-time famous courtroom cases, and unique mock trial debate structures! Closed

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Q1: August 17th - October 3rd

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Tue & Thu, Aug 18 - Oct 3

Grades 4-12. ES, JMS, MS, HS

Me, My Brain, and I

Cognitive psychology debates: explore our memory, the idea of intelligence, ability & cognition! Closed

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Q1: August 18th - October 3rd

Faculty: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Sat, Aug 17 - Dec 5

Grades 4-12. ES, JMS, MS, HS

The Global Chronicles

Special Tournament Prep Semester Course.  The latter part of the course will focus on Regional Tournament A prep! Closed

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Q1 & Q2: **Aug 22 - Dec 5 

Faculty: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Join Speech and Debate India's high energy, live online classes, practices, and small group competitive team debates! We limit debates to small groups and every child has a speaking role within debates to express their evidenced-based views. We have limited seats and this is a competitive activity - please review the FAQs further below and sign-up to engage your child socially and intellectually. 

NO PRIOR DEBATE EXPERIENCE NEEDED FOR OUR COURSES. We are able to integrate new students into our courses quickly and gradually build their comfort level and competitiveness. Students should participate with an open mind and respect alternative perspectives. We will be interviewing new students applying for enrollment in The Global Chronicles 3.0.

Dates:

  • 2020-21 Academic Year

    • Quarter 1 Core Courses - August 17th to October 3rd, 2020

    • Quarter 2 Core Courses - October 12th to December 5th, 2020

    • Global Chronicles 1.0 - August 22nd to December 5th, 2020

    • Quarter 3 Core Courses - January 11th to March 6th, 2021

    • Quarter 4 Core Courses - March 15th to May 8th, 2021

    • Global Chronicles 2.0 - January 2nd to May 8th, 2021

    • Global Chronicles 3.0 - March 20th to August 7th, 2021

    • Quarter 5 Intensive Summer Courses - April 21st - July 22nd, 2021

  • 2021-22 Academic Year

    • Quarter 1 Core Courses - August 16th to October 9th, 2021

    • Quarter 2 Core Courses - October 18th to December 12th

    • Global Chronicles 4.0 - August 14th to December 12th

    • Research & Writing Scholars - August 16th to December 12th

Core Courses:

  • Core Courses meet once or twice a week for a total of 20 hours of live sessions over the course.

  • Class dates and times are subject to modifications per Mr. Kacholia's schedule and availability. We have reserved the week after each quarter for make-up days. One week in September for Q1 and tentatively one week in November for Q2 are reserved as a Mid-Quarter week off with no classes scheduled during those weeks. Breaks for Core Courses and Global Chronicles to be announced per Mr. Kacholia's schedule and tournament schedule closer to the dates.

  • General Class Time (IST) Options By Division (See above for individual course times and check the application form for specific options available)

  • Core courses are priced at Rs. 14,900+GST.

**The Global Chronicles 4.0:

  • Global Chronicles meets Saturdays and is approximately a two quarter long course for tournament prep for grade 5-12 students.

  • General Schedule​ - 16 Saturdays, August 16th to December 12th, 2021

    • All times unless otherwise indicated are India Standard Times (IST). We have a number of students who join from other time zones around the world such as in Singapore, Dubai, UK/Europe, EST, PST etc. Please convert times to your time zone if outside India.

      • We typically host special/extra training sessions prior to events/tournaments and these are scheduled based on event dates.

      • This is an intensive course and students are expected to spend time outside sessions to research, collaborate with partners, and prepare for debates.

  • The Global Chronicles 4.0 tournament prep course is Rs. 34,900+GST.

  • NEW: International Honor Society Membership is an annual fee paid once a year of Rs. 4,900+GST to cover the current academic year international honor society membership through July 2021. This is mandatory for all Global Chronicles students and eligibility for any international tournaments. It will need to be renewed each new US school year (August 2021 for the 2021-22 academic year) to continue to accumulate honor society points and earn privileges.

  • Enrollment in The Global Chronicles gains eligibility for selection to international tournaments. Selection will be based on merit and performance within the course, other enrolled courses and our tournaments. Coach decisions are final.

  • Note that international tournament fees and any other tournaments not organized or hosted directly by Speech and Debate India will be at an additional charge based on the tournament participation and judging fees. These will be charged separately and tentatively indicated at the time of conditional selection to a given international tournament. While most tournaments are online, in the event of any travel, all such expenses are the responsibility of the student's family.

  • 16 Sessions for Global Chronicles 4.0 with Breaks to be announced per Mr. Kacholia's schedule and tournament schedule. This is an intensive course and students are expected to work independently and collaborate with partners for course and tournament preparation. We often hold free, extra prep sessions or sometimes need to shift course times based on international tournament schedules to help teams prepare for major events.

  • Check further FAQs below, Terms and Conditions on the website, and contact us to setup a time to speak by sending a WhatsApp message on +91-9819979293 or click here to connect directly!

the road to nationals 2021

We will continue to provide updates on Nationals for the 2021-22 Academic Year. Here are important notes:

  • Point Based Qualification Into Nationals:

    • Students will qualify based on cumulative points earned between August 2021 and May 2022.

    • Points will be earned for active participation in each course, with extra points in The Global Chronicles, and the highest number of points awarded for team and individual performances in both Regionals Tournaments this winter and next spring (Students are expected to participate in both Regionals Tournaments).

  • Regionals Tournaments:

    • Tournaments will include students in ES, MS, HS

    • Regionals A, the Winter Tournament dates are tentatively

      • ES: December 11, 2021, 8am-1pm​

      • MS: December 19, 2021, times TBA

      • HS: December 26, 2021, 8am-2pm

international HOnor society membership

Since 1925, Honor Society members have reflected the highest standards of integrity, humility, respect, leadership, and service. Students who join can earn points for competition and community service. The more points accumulated, the higher the designation awarded at the time of High School graduation. Honor Society members may also become eligible for special awards and can wear an honor cord at graduation. Annual membership is valid through August 1, 2022 for Rs. 4,900 + GST.

Earning Points and Degrees of Designation levels reflects your individual growth and achievement as well as your commitment to the speech and debate community. Being a member can also help with college admissions. "College admissions representatives recognize our honor society as an impressive achievement on student applications." - NSDA.

We will hold an induction ceremony for all students who signup for Honor Society Membership. This is required for international tournaments. Degree designations students can graduate with are below:

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frequently asked questions

  • Are programs live? Yes, lectures are live online, with real-time Q&A & interactive small group debates.

  • What is the time commitment? 20 Hours of live sessions over each Quarter's course. All Core Courses meet twice a week for 1.5 hours each session. Note, that The Global Chronicles Tournament Series Prep Course meets on Saturdays over more than twice as long a time period.

  • What is the typical student profile? Our students are generally based in major metropolitan cities in India and internationally in the U.S., Europe and Middle East. One common thread is that our students are passionate, attend top schools and are gifted or advanced for their grade level.

  • Is there homework? Many students will spend extra time ahead of debates to read and prepare. While this is optional, debate is competitive and helps stimulate self-interest in research and critical thinking. Our goal is to significantly deepen their understanding in each program track and build critical thinking and creativity skills, while gaining perspectives and self-motivated learning in each subject area.

  • How do you provide feedback? Students have opportunities during classes to receive assistance, feedback, and ask questions. We track student performance during classes as well as in tournaments. 

  • Is prior experience needed? Your child will start debating in the first week - no prior experience needed.

  • How do you encourage interaction? We leverage technology to promote participation in each live session. We encourage students both through written and verbal shares to communicate their ideas and questions either broadly or privately during lectures that can be responded to live. In breakout rooms, students get to work in smaller teams of 2 to 4 students to prepare for debates, where we check in to see if they have questions or need help preparing. Each child has a speaking role within structured debates and cross examination, and we moderate debates to coach and encourage collaboration among team members and sharing of responsibilities during cross-examination while helping to prepare their fellow team members.

  • How does the new Quarterly system work? We will be systematically tracking students in each course and those who participate in The Global Chronicles. Participation and performance in courses each quarter (Q1-Q4), in The Global Chronicles, and in the Regionals A and B Tournaments will be factored for National Tournament 2021 eligibility. Students can select the courses they are excited by. Each course uses a different content area with our unique pedagogy to teach and advance student debate skills while they deepen their knowledge of content areas.

  • What does each topic cover? Each curriculum and debate topic is curated by our U.S. instructors and takes a deep dive into issues of global importance and leadership. Kids are introduced to extemporaneous speech, research, critical analysis, and debate skills while gaining insights into influences and impacts on government, business, leadership, economics, science, and the world around us. Watch videos of each of our new courses.

  • Can I sign-up for multiple courses? Yes, we've designed the new Debate Academy on a flexible quarterly basis to help students advance their skills and confidence. Students are provided several content options they find engaging on distinct topics with global relevance. Many students have previously enrolled in all our courses. Students can generally choose from two exciting options each day. Core Courses meet Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, and Friday. Students gain critical thinking, creativity, communication, and leadership skills, while raising familiarity with important 21st century issues and leadership decisions. Topics are adapted for age groups. Each division will be challenged to read at a higher grade level. Select the topics and times that work best for your child and schedule.

  • What device/materials do I need? Laptop/tablet, internet connection for streaming video, notebook

  • Which ages can join? Students from grades 1 to 12 in school year 2020-21 can join while space is available. Students in younger grades can join a waitlist for our next Young Explorers courses which meets for an hour daily over 20 days each month. 

  • My child is shy, nervous, stammers - can they still enroll? A majority of our students are shy. Fear of public speaking is common in adults and kids. Shy kids can gradually gain confidence in a controlled environment and advance to become successful leaders. This takes time. We encourage shy kids with a safe small group environment to express their views from the comfort of their home. Debate does not require any memorization - we remove such obstacles, encouraging deeper thinking and the use of notes to gradually build confidence. 

  • How is your approach different? Our courses are taught exclusively by instructors from Stanford University. Mr. Kacholia has developed a unique pedagogy to teach students important content through debate, while advancing their debate and life skills with a highly rigorous and evidence-based format of debate. We are also the official, exclusive partners of the world's largest organization in this field, the U.S. NSDA. We take a real-world approach, using games and challenges to engage in practice each session, while gradually imparting theory and encouraging self-reflection and engaging discussions to articulate evidence-based reasoning. We dive deep into each topic area, evaluating evidence from multiple perspectives. We challenge kids to move beyond their personal opinions to develop an appreciation for alternative viewpoints based on evidence. U.S. NSDA debate has been proven over 95+ years to foster balanced leadership and no other academic activity has the extent of research supporting the academic, college, and life benefits. Our approach is very different than traditional courses on public speaking and elocution. This is not an elocution class. We don't memorize speeches. Our format of debate is designed to extend gifted children.

  • How do I register and pay? Sign-up here. You'll automatically receive electronic payment instructions to your registered email. Once your payment has been received, you'll receive enrollment confirmation.
     

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