In an evolving world of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” where anyone can publish content online, it is increasingly difficult for individuals — particularly youth who are “digital natives” — to discern quality in primary and secondary sources as well as literature. Interscholastic speech and debate requires research to draft speeches and debate cases, as well as to find substantive literature to perform. Teachers often are overwhelmed trying to keep up with information literacy and best practices, so this workshop can help educators build skills applicable both in the classroom, as well as at interscholastic forensic contests.
The free workshop will be held Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at UW-La Crosse. Features include:
- Educators may apply for substitute teacher coverage stipends (where needed)
- Participants will receive certificates showing professional development hours, which can be used for professional development plans/teaching portfolios.
- Nationally recognized experts in speech and debate education
- Exploration of such topics as:
- Tactics for teaching/coaching information literacy in the 21st century
- Facts, Opinions and Alternate Facts: Researching for Speeches
- Extemporaneous Speaking: Best Teaching Practices
- Student Performance Trends and Tactics
- Conducting firsthand interviews (primary sources)
- Deriving significance of student topics to justify relevance
- Exhibition debate (see just how accessible our Public Forum format of debate is)
- Network with colleagues and share best practices
Registration for this free workshop continues on a rolling basis (see button); once we fill we will begin a wait list. Participants will be treated to light breakfast snacks and lunch by UW-La Crosse.
“Speech and debate opens students’ minds to new ideas and cultural experiences; these activities build confidence in young people who are often reluctant to communicate; and the activities foster soft skills and civic awareness to prepare youth to be engaged in our civil society.”
WHSFA Executive Director
The School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education (EPC) develops effective teachers and responsible citizens in a diverse and dynamic world. EPC is engaged in collaborative efforts with the La Crosse School District, including Professional Development School partnerships that provide immersive experiences for teacher candidates and continuous professional development of current teachers, as well as other educational and multicultural programming in the community.
The WHSFA is the nation’s oldest interscholastic activity organization offering speech, debate, and theatre activities. Close to 85% of Wisconsin high schools, and a large number of middle schools participate in programming offered by the WHSFA.
Funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council (WHC), with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The WHC supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the NEH.