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Dedimus Potestatem

Dedimus Potestatem provides fun, academically challenging programs to students in primary, middle, and high school. Our programs include Debate, Leadership, Model UN, Mock Trial, Etiquette, STEM, speech writing and recently dance, theater and tumbling have been added. Our programs are very much student-focused, with plenty of time allocated for practical learning. Dedimus Potestatem works with students and schools all over the world. Our students have competed and won awards at local and regional tournaments.

Sessions -


We currently offer both virtual and in-person private, semi-private, and group sessions as well as after-school programs. To register, visit or email us at

Leadership: Primary School Ages 6-9, Middle School ages 10-13, High School ages 14-18 -

Leadership: Primary School Ages 6-9, Middle School ages 10-13, High School ages 14-18

This is a unique leadership course that gives students the skills they need to succeed in life. Using an activity-based syllabus centered around character traits most sought and admired in leaders (initiative, honesty, self-control, adaptability, empathy, persuasiveness, resourcefulness, diligence, tolerance, determination, generosity, punctuality, courage, reliability, endurance, deference, creativity and integrity) students learn how to deal with situations they encounter in life. These building blocks will ensure they grow to become the leaders so sought after by our burgeoning society. Our grading rubric was adapted with the permission of Neil Mercer, the Director of research and Head of Faculty at The University of Cambridge.

Speech & Debate: Primary School Ages 6-9, Middle School Ages 10-13, High School ages 14-18 - Courses for college students also available. We offer beginner, intermediate competitive and advanced competitive debate courses. -

Speech & Debate: Primary School Ages 6-9, Middle School Ages 10-13, High School ages 14-18 - Courses for college students also available. We offer beginner, intermediate competitive and advanced competitive debate courses.

The objective of this program is to prepare participants for the myriad situations that require formal and informal presentations. Participants will learn to craft and present arguments and inform, persuade, and motivate an audience in a variety of ways. Students will learn to effectively present and defend a persuasive argument using the MSPDP method developed by Kate Schuster and John Meney, Directors of the National MSPDP debate program. Students learn to write and deliver compelling arguments and counter-arguments and how to refute using an efficient four step process. Students explore efficient arguments (and counter-arguments) and the different methods that famous orators have used throughout the years to sway opinion.

Model UN (Ages 11-18) -

Model UN (Ages 11-18)

Model UN simulates the six major organs of the United Nations. Students role play as delegates from a country of their choosing and learn to write and present resolutions based on topics they are passionate about-just as if they were representing member states of the United Nations. We utilize materials from National Model UN and video tutorials to teach students how to write and present position papers, working papers, and draft resolutions. Students use debate and negotiation to enlist the support of other delegates for their resolution. Model UN is a great way to teach students leadership skills like communication, conflict resolution, negotiation, and delegation.

Mock Trial (Fairy Tale Mock Trial for ages 7-9, regular Mock Trial Ages 10-18) -

Mock Trial (Fairy Tale Mock Trial for ages 7-9, regular Mock Trial Ages 10-18)

Mock trial is a hands-on simulation of the American judicial system. The goal is to help participants acquire a working knowledge of our judicial system, develop analytical abilities and communication skills, display leadership in a court of law, and gain an understanding of their obligations and responsibilities as participating members of our society. Materials for this course are provided by The American Bar Association.

STEM: (Ages 10-18) -

STEM: (Ages 10-18)

Our unique STEM program focuses on the exploration of cells, cellular structure, DNA, Gene editing, and Bioethics. Ideal for middle and high school students, this program focuses on educating students on the evolving trends in the scientific community and encourages a healthy debate about the trajectory of science and biology. (We also have a STEM course for primary school students focused more on the exploration of the world around us and the Scientific Method. Email us for further details)

Etiquette (Ages 5 and up) -

Etiquette (Ages 5 and up)

Due to increasing popular demand from groups and individuals, we have decided to offer our etiquette course as an eight week after-school class. Students will not only learn how to introduce themselves and their friends, they will explore appropriate language for quotidian and special occasions, how to enter and leave conversations, proper table behavior for different scenarios, effective strategies for conflict resolution and negotiation, the importance of tone, expression, and body language in every social interaction and why manners and soft skills are essential to a successful life.

Model Congress  Ages 10-18  -

Model Congress  Ages 10-18 

This civics course simulates the legislative process. Students will learn about the electoral process, lobby for issues they are passionate about, draft and deliver bills, amend legislation, debate international policy, and learn how to effectively represent a constituent body of their choosing. We utilize materials from The Constitutional Rights Foundation, ICivics (founded by Justice Sandra Day O’Connor) and the National Model U.S. Congress. These resources have been proven to improve students’ civic knowledge, presentation, and core literacy skills. New research has also shown that the use of the aforementioned materials has also led to increased participation in the democratic process. Our objective in this course is to educate the next generation, nurture and inculcate a passion for civics and history and encourage young people to advocate for themselves.

Speech and Essay Writing: Ages 8-18 -

Speech and Essay Writing: Ages 8-18

This group class includes eight one-hour online sessions focused on the creation, development, and delivery of informative and persuasive speeches. This program is tailored to the needs of the individual(s) in question and can include essay writing, use of stylistic devices, and persuasive rhetoric and/or instructions on how to craft and deliver a persuasive or informative multidimensional presentation with compelling slides, audio, and videos.

Intro to Digital Photography -

Intro to Digital Photography

Our Intro to Digital Photography class offers students the opportunity to not only take good pictures but create artwork. By learning the basics of light, composition, and editing, kids will leave this course with the skills to create powerful imagery. To enroll in this course, students must have access to a digital camera and memory chip.

Hebrew for Beginners -

Hebrew for Beginners

Hebrew for Beginners Students will be introduced to the Hebrew Alpha Bet and learn all 32 letters and vowels. In addition, they will become familiar with common Hebrew words.

Hebrew Intermediate Level -

Hebrew Intermediate Level

Students are expected to know all their letters and vowels. They will formally begin Hebrew reading. The students will learn how to decode words and basic conversational phrases.

Advanced Hebrew -

Advanced Hebrew

Students will build upon their prior Hebrew knowledge and continue to learn more words. Students will also learn to read and pray the Friday night prayers which include Barechu, Kiddush, Shema, V’Ahavta and various holiday and food blessings.

Visual Storytelling -

Visual Storytelling

Tiktok, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube - what if you could use these platforms to change the world, educate, inspire, move and motivate people?  Young people all over the world have begun using social media platforms like TikTok to amplify minority voices, educate people about social justice issues and share science, poetry, art, movement, culture and more. In this class students will learn to capture brief videos that share important and inspiring messages with the world, analyze movements from other young activists that have impacted their communities and use these platforms to advocate for a better world.

“Finding Your Voice; Understanding and Writing Poetry.” -

“Finding Your Voice; Understanding and Writing Poetry.”

In this course we will attempt to demystify poetry as an inaccessible art form of antiquity and reveal it for what it is; an invaluable tool for communicating thoughts, understanding feelings, and articulating experiences. We will explore the difference between written and spoken word poetry. Each student will have written a fully formed poem. We will explore the difference between literal and colloquial meanings, the mechanics of effective metaphor, and we will ask important questions of ourselves and the authors we review to better understand intent. By the end of this course each student will have a stronger command of the English language as well as a useful tool for processing their experiences in a productive and healthy way. 

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