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Standards:Local Accreditation Criteria Questions for Non-Affiliates

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Club

  • How often does the club meet?
  • What is the content of an average club meeting and/or practice session?
  • How many members are in the club?
  • What is the academic, social, ethnic and religious breakdown of members?
  • How does the club integrate their activities within the school environment?
  • How does the club promote speech and debate for audiences not directly involved in club activities?
  • How does the club assist in the development of speech and debate in communities and/or raise awareness of important issues among the general public?
  • What community activities are club members involved in?
  • What educational resources are available to club members and how are they encouraged to use them?

Resource Center

  • What hours is the center open?
  • What equipment does the center have - e.g. computer with internet access, a printer, photocopy machine?
  • To whom is the center available?
  • Is the center handicapped accessible?
  • Describe the instructional and pedagogical materials contained in the center?
  • What topic specific resources are available?
  • How does the center support and promote speech and debate activities in the region and/or country served by the center?
  • Name(s) and contact information of the personnel who:
    • staff and maintain the center
    • opens and closes the center
    • oversees the center's equipment and resources
    • provides assistance to teachers, students and coaches

Teacher

  • What language(s) do you feel comfortable teaching in?
  • What skills have you had experience teaching (e.g. refutation, advocacy, conflict resolution, negotiation skills, Debate Across the Curriculum)?
  • What age groups and what size audience do you feel comfortable teaching?
  • What debate formats have you had experience teaching?
  • Briefly describe your background as a teacher.
  • Please discuss your teaching philosophy (upload supplements, etc.).
  • Please outline your professional experience and future plans.
  • Please describe any mentoring experiences that you have had.
  • Describe an authentic or hypothetical problem and how you did or would solve it.

Trainer

  • What language(s) do you feel comfortable training in?
  • What skills have you had experience training (e.g. refutation, advocacy, conflict resolution, negotiation skills, Debate Across the Curriculum)?
  • What age groups and what size audience do you feel comfortable training?
  • What debate formats have you had experience training?
  • Briefly describe your background as a trainer.
  • Please discuss your training philosophy (upload supplements, etc.).
  • Please outline your professional experience and future plans.
  • Please describe any mentoring experiences that you have had.
  • Describe an authentic or hypothetical problem and how you did or would solve it.

Coach

  • What language(s) do you feel comfortable coaching in?
  • What skills have you had experience coaching (e.g. refutation, analysis, etc.)
  • What age groups and what size audience do you feel comfortable coaching?
  • What debate formats have you had experience coaching?
  • Briefly describe your background as a coach.
  • Please discuss your coaching philosophy (upload supplements, etc.).
  • Please outline your professional experience and future plans.
  • Please describe any mentoring experiences that you have had.
  • Describe an authentic or hypothetical problem and how you did or would solve it.

Judge

  • How many tournaments did you attend in the past year?
  • How many rounds did you judge?
  • What events and debate formats do you feel qualified to judge?
  • In what language(s) do you feel comfortable judging?
  • What age groups do you feel comfortable judging?
  • Briefly discuss your background as a judge.
  • Please discuss your judging philosophy.
  • Is your debate judging philosophy entered into DebateTracker?
  • What do you focus on in your feedback to students regarding their performance?

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