Summer Public Speaking Course

Earn academic credit for summer study. 

Summer 2017: Public Speaking

week of June 26 

week of July 17


Summer Public Speaking provides students the opportunity to earn .25 required graduation credit hours in one week! Through active participation, students will learn the essential researching, composing, and delivering skills necessary for oral presentations. Using student-driven content ,four types of presentations will be covered: demonstrative, informative, persuasive, and impromptu. We will work in a variety of speaking atmospheres--classroom, lecture hall, and large assembly room--both with and without microphones. Students will deliver four major presentations, demonstrating proficiency in oral communication as measured on the Competent Speaker Speech Performance Evaluation. There will be breaks throughout the day (in addition to a one-hour break for lunch) and students will have opportunities to be outdoors.

The class is graded. Grades will be given according to Pennington's system, with an annotated teacher review of student performance. Students earning credit will be expected to submit work online on July 10 and submit a final analysis of their work online after July 15. All work must be completed by July 22 to receive academic credit for the course.


Dolores Eaton, Chair of Arts Department and Teacher, Public Speaking (week of June 26)
Susie Paige, Health and Wellness Counselor and Teacher, Health (week of July 17)


Students beginning Grades 9-12 in fall 2017

ITEMS PROVIDED: Lunch, all course materials

ITEMS TO BRING: an iPad or laptop, personal snacks, and refillable water bottle


Week of June 26

Week of July 17 

9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; some additional time will be required for assignments completed at home

$695 for students not enrolled at Pennington for 2017-18 
$520 for enrolled Pennington students--enter code Penn2017 during registration checkout

We expect this course to fill up quickly; please click this link to register today!

Dolores Eaton is a visual art instructor and chair of the Pennington Arts Department. Ms. Eaton is also an active member of the National Art Education Association, where she has presented on the national level about her curriculum work for The Dinner Party Curriculum Project, for the educational component connected to the PBS Series, Craft in America, and the ceramics curriculum she created and teaches at Pennington. She loves to help students find their unique speaking styles by helping them create speeches on subjects about which they are most passionate.

Susie Paige is a health and wellness counselor and a teacher of public speaking and health. She also teach an elective course, Girl Power, in the Middle School. Ms. Paige is one of the two faculty advisors for the Junior Proctor program at Pennington.


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For general camp questions, please contact Jeff Eckerson, Director of Summer Programs:summerprograms@