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High School Ethics Bowl Coach Information

Resources for coaches

Check this page often for the latest updates on our upcoming High School Ethics Bowl competition. We’ve included all of the information coaches might need to prepare for and compete in the competition, including a series of free workshops available during the ethics bowl training period. If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, please reach out to Emily Knuth (eknuth@depauw.edu).

Competition Case Set and Rules Manual

Match-Up Schedule

The match-up schedule for the competition will be available here on February 4, 2023.

Team Check-In

Each coach will need to check-in their team in in Hoover Hall between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. on February 4, 2023. Only the coach should enter into the check-in room during this time. Be prepared to list the students that will be competing for each of your teams.

Reminders and Updates

  • Coaches from past competitions recommend that teams who have lost in early rounds watch and observe the final rounds, especially when discussing cases your team has prepared. We know this is a big commitment, but if it works for your schedule, we welcome all teams to join for the final rounds after lunch. See the match-up schedule for more information.
  • Teams may not have anything on their competition table except writing utensils and a sheet of scrap paper that is blank on both sides. We will provide each team a printed copy of the case set book.
  • Any watches that can access the internet cannot be worn (smart watches, Apple watches, etc.)
  • Teams cannot substitute members, review notes, or confer with their coach once the match begins.
  • You may contact Emily Knuth on her mobile phone at 765-720-5352 if you have problems or questions during the competition.
  • Do not share the link to this page or the mobile numbers included here with anyone, including students or team-appointed judge/moderators. This page is designed for use by team coaches only.

Ethics Bowl Workshops We offer a series of free virtual workshops and training sessions for ethics bowl teams.

Ethics Bowl Workshop Inquiry

  • We prefer that every student is able to be on an individual device with access to Zoom.
  • Types of Workshops Available

  • Ethics Bowl Coaching Assistance. Partner with a current DePauw student and Prindle intern to assist with development of your ethics bowl team and preparation for ethics bowl competition. This assistance could be a singular meeting or attending weekly practices with your team. Frequency can be determined as requested.
  • Case Analysis Workshop. Critical thinking and communication skills are required for understanding ethical dilemmas and proposing resolutions to them. This workshop will teach students these skills by guiding them through an ethical analysis of a case-study and developing the framework for a clear argument.
  • Case Presentation Workshop. This workshop will teach students skills to help with the presentation component of an Ethics Bowl competition. After a review of presentation criteria, students will be taught how to construct an ideal argument that clearly advocates for and substantiates a stance, demonstrates an awareness of the complexity of the case-study, and engages with alternative stances.
  • Ethics Bowl Mock Round. Three members of the Prindle Institute team will serve as panelists, or judges, to evaluate and provide feedback about your team's primary presentation and commentary prior to competition.
  • Moral Reasoning Workshop. Moral reasoning is key to a well-rounded high school education. This workshop will teach students to develop their skills in ethical decision-making using a case-study approach. Students will walk away with basic tools designed to help them reason and talk through complicated moral dilemmas. Each session will introduce students to six ethical frameworks. Using a combination of small-group discussion and personal reflection, students will learn how to better understand not only some of the major ideas in the field of ethics, but also their own values and the values of their classmates.
  • Please list dates for which you would like a workshop. We will be in contact with you shortly to determine a specific date and time. Note that we are in the Eastern Time zone.
  • If you have any additional questions, comment, or additional information about your needs, let us know!

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