4 steps to engage your Grade 1-12 gifted child

with our online debate academy

#1: US Coaching

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

#2: unique approach

Review videos, parent references, student testimonials, and FAQs

​#3: Grade level

Determine course options and eligibility based on 2020-21 grade level

#4: select courses

Read course descriptions, watch preview videos, and check schedule

#1: 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. Read about our Founder's background and why he has brought this exciting social impact initiative for high achieving students in India, by clicking here.

"Their points need to be evidence-based and backed by research... I wanted to give them the voice and the confidence to speak up, though respectfully, and express their opinion." Mr. Kacholia in Indian Express, July 2020.

#2: Unique approach

FUTURE READY  CREATIVITY, CRITICAL THINKING, COLLABORATION AND LEADERSHIP

An engaging 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 unique pedagogy to advance competitive debate and essential 21st century life skills by augmenting the most rigorous and 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, July 2020.

 

#3: Select Grade level division

Based on 2020-21 academic year grade levels:

  • Grade 1-2: YE (Young Explorers)

  • Grade 3: JES (Junior ES)

  • Grades 4-5: ES (Elementary School)

  • Grade 6: JMS (Junior MS) or MS (Middle School)

  • Grades 7-8: MS (Middle School)

  • Grades 9-12: HS (High School)

CLICK HERE FOR OUR GUIDE TO SELECTING DIVISIONS

#4: select courses

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 ANY OF 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.

Dates:

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

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

Schedule:

  • Core Courses meet twice a week for 1.5 hours each on stated days.

  • Global Chronicles meets Saturday for 3 hour blocks and is a two quarter long course for tournament prep for ES/JMS and MS/HS students. Requires enrollment in a minimum of two Core Courses between Q1 and Q2.

  • Class Time (IST) Options By Division

    • JES/ES:  3:00-4:30pm

    • ES/JMS: 5:00-6:30pm

    • MS/HS:  6:30-8:00pm

    • MS/HS:  8:00-9:30pm

Price:

  • Each Quarterly Core Course is Rs. 14,900+GST and includes 20 hours of live sessions over the quarter. Sign-up per your child's convenience and interests after reviewing the course options below. The Global Chronicles course over two quarters is an additional Rs. 34,900+GST.

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! Preview above. Signup!

Q1: August 17th - October 3rd

Instructor: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Tue & Thu, Aug 17 - 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! Preview above. Signup!

Q1: August 17th - October 3rd

Instructor: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Sat, Aug 17 - Dec 5**

9am-12 (ES/JMS) & 1-4pm (MS/HS)

The Global Chronicles

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

Q1 & Q2: **Aug 17th - Dec 5th 

Instructor: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

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

Grades 3-12. JES, ES, JMS, MS, HS

Federer, FCB & Fortnite

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

Q2: October 13th - Dec 5th 

Instructor: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

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

Grades 8-12 only. Meets at 5 & 6:30pm*

Who: What's Your Story?

Extracurriculars, Internships/Passion Projects/Summer Programs, and Interviewing! Preview above. Signup!

Q2: October 16th - Dec 5th 

Instructor: 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! Preview above. Signup!

Q1: August 17th - October 3rd

Instructor: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Fri & Sat, Aug 17 - Oct 3

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

Behind the Scenes

Critical analysis of film & TV genres, actors/actresses, scripts, budget & producers! Preview above. Signup!

Q1: August 17th - October 3rd

Instructor: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

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

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

Innovation and Impact

Inside innovative thinking, epic inventions that changed the world, scientific discoveries & visionaries! Signup!

Q2: October 12th - Dec 5th 

Instructor: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

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

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

My Robotic Sibling

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

Q2: October 13th - Dec 5th 

Instructor: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

Meets: Every Sat, Aug 17 - Dec 5**

9am-12 (ES/JMS) & 1-4pm (MS/HS)

The Global Chronicles

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

Q1 & Q2: **Aug 17th - Dec 5th 

Instructor: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Tue & Thu, Aug 17 - 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! Preview and Signup!

Q1: August 17th - October 3rd

Instructor: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Meets: Every Fri & Sat, Aug 17 - Oct 3

Grades 8-12 only. Meets at 5 & 6:30pm*

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! Signup!

Q1: August 17th - October 3rd

Instructor: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

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

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

Bus & Entrepreneurship 2.0

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

Q2: October 12th - Dec 5th 

Instructor: Ms. Ritika Kacholia

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

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

Netflix vs AMZN vs Hotstar

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

Q2: October 16th - Dec 5th 

Instructor: Mr. Rajiv Kacholia

Note all course time options are as follows:

  • Course Time Options By Division

    • YE/JES:  3:00-4:30pm

    • ES/JMS: 5:00-6:30pm

    • MS/HS:  6:30-8:00pm

    • MS/HS:  8:00-9:30pm

  • Exceptions by Course

    • *Where: Know Your Options and Who: What's Your Story? are part of the College Admissions track of 4 courses in the 2020-21 academic year. These special courses are designed to help students understand what's ahead and prepare towards college admissions through debate. Open only to students in Grades 8-12. The two time options for this course are 5:00-6:30pm and 6:30-8:00pm Fridays & Saturdays.

    • **The Global Chronicles is from 9am-12noon Saturdays for ES/JMS students and from 1pm-4pm Saturdays for MS/HS students. This special tournament prep semester long course is open only to students fully paid for a minimum of two Core Courses between Q1 and Q2. Note, no class Oct 10 (Break) & Nov 14 (Diwali). It is similar to our popular Reimagining Our World course which was over-subscribed 250%.

  • Q2 Courses & Schedules include a break for Diwali from Nov 12th-18th. 

the road to nationals 2021

We will continue to provide updates on Nationals for the 2020-21 Academic Year. Here are important notes:

  • Point Based Qualification Into Nationals:

    • Students will qualify based on cumulative points earned between August 2020 and May 2021.

    • 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 A and Regionals B Tournaments this winter and next spring (Students are expected to participate in both Regionals A and B).

  • Regionals Tournaments:

    • divisions for Regionals A and B will include ES, JMS, MS, and HS

    • Practice Tournament for YE/JES

    • Regionals A dates TBD, tentatively starts December 26th, 2020 onwards

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 for 3 hours on Saturdays over the full semester (Q1 and Q2).

  • 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 class - 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 4 to 6 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 give students 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/Saturday. 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? 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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