The World Series


We are excited to present the World Series, bringing World Schools Debate to our members.

World Schools Debate is a unique and dynamic form of debate.  This highly interactive style allows debaters to engage each other, even during speeches. It is a challenging format requiring good teamwork and in-depth quality argumentation. This 3 vs. 3 debate style typically confronts topics that are global in scope. You can learn more about World Schools Debate HERE.

SEDA is privileged to have both Jason Xiao and Wendy James, world class debate coaches, share their wealth of experience and knowledge during this workshop series.

The series is open to SEDA members in grades 8 to 12.  Register HERE by Sunday Jan 30, 2022.

Cost: $50 (*financial aid available); e-Transfer to 

Meet Your Instructors

Jason Xiao is a SEDA alum and a graduate of the Oxford School of Law. He is a co-founder of Ethos Debate Academy and the current co-coach for Team Hong Kong.

He was the coach of the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Canadian High School Worlds Debate Team. Canada respectively made the finals and then won twice.  Jason was a semi-finalist at the World Universities Debating Championships 2018 and won the 2020 World Universities Debating Championships with his partner Lee Chin Wee.

“My favorite thing about debate is the amount of learning you can have through debate. When done well and at high levels, debate is a condensed form of academia that rewards people for stepping out of their comfort zones and actually engaging with alternative viewpoints. There is nothing better for creating a critical and sharp mind.”

Dr. Wendy James is a SEDA alum who has had an integral role in coaching debaters that have gone on to represent Saskatchewan and Canada over the last two decades. She manages the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Saskatchewan

She coached the 2018 Canadian World Schools debate team. Wendy was also a member of the 1990 Canadian World Schools Debate Team, 3rd place team and 9th place speaker.

"The most valuable thing about debate for me was the exposure to both sides of the most significant issues of our society.  It helped me be more informed, a better citizen, and more inclined to engage with people whose ideas were not the same as mine. {...} Debate improves the quality of your argument and ability to deconstruct an idea, but also how effectively you present that thinking. "

Workshop Series

World Schools Strategy

  • The additional length and complexity of the style requires debaters to look at the debate through a holistic or team approach. This session will teach debaters to gain these skills
  • Monday Feb. 7, 2022, 5:00 – 6:30PM
  • Led by Jason Xiao


  • Target your case to the motion and modeling.
  • Thursday Feb. 10, 2022, 7:00 – 8:45pm
  • Led by Wendy James

Speaker Roles

  • Comparing the speaker roles in Canadian National Style and how it translates into World Schools style.
  • Saturday Feb. 12, 2022, 1:30 – 3:00pm
  • Led by Jason Xiao

World Schools Debate Round

  • Friday Feb 18, 2022 Evening, exact time to be determined.
  • Led by Jason Xiao & Wendy James

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