LATEST QUEENS DEBATE LEAGUE NEWS
Thank You to City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley for Sponsoring the Queens Debate Institute and Tournament!Thank you to City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley and her amazing staff members for making the Queens Debate Institute possible and debate in New York City possible! Thank you so much! And thank you for your presentation and discussion of city council legislation!... read more
Remembering Ralph Bunche, High School Debater, College Debater, Debate Team President, United Nations Undersecretary General, Civil Rights and Peace ActivistGreat article last week published on high school, college debater, President of the Debate Team and Queens, New York resident Ralph Bunche. Bunche besides being an award winning debater was the first African American recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, first African... read more
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ABOUT THE QUEENS DEBATE LEAGUE
In 2011, there were ZERO schools in Queens with competitive debate teams. This was an educational travesty because Queens if counted as a city would be the fourth largest city and school system in the United States. The mission of the Queens Debate League is that every school in Queens should have a debate team and every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. Thanks to support from the New York City Department of Education and the New York City Council our program is free for Title I schools in Queens.
“Competitive debate is one of the great equalizers of educational opportunity. In a number of respects, competitive urban debate is uniquely suited to building what’s been called the ‘Four C’s’ of 21st century skills—critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity. And to that list I might add a fifth ‘C’— for civic awareness and engagement.” - US Secretary of Education honoring our debaters in Washington DC. Our debaters won 1st in the nation and visited the White House to meet the President.
Through independent peer-reviewed research we know that urban debate prepares students to succeed in school and in life.
90% of urban debaters graduate on time.
72% of urban debaters with the highest risk of dropping out graduate on time.
Each semester that a student debates, his/her grades will improve.
At graduation, the average GPA of an urban debater is 3.23, significantly above the college readiness benchmark.
Debaters are more likely to test as college ready.
After graduating from high school, 86% of urban debaters enroll in college.
Urban debaters are 80% more likely to graduate from college.
Urban debate prepares students for twenty-first century careers.
Queens is now home to some of the most successful debate teams in the region. Maspeth High School and Queens High School of the Sciences have won top awards at every local and regional tournament. Maspeth High School has also qualified teams to the National Speech & Debate Association’s National Debate Championship - which is the largest academic competition in the world. A Queens High School student also won 1st Place in the nation Top Speaker Award at the National Association of Urban Debate League’s National Championship as well as multiple bids to the nation’s most prestigious debate tournament, the Tournament of Champions.
Interscholastic Debate Program
Our interscholastic debate program or after school debate program supports school based debate teams. We provide monthly tournaments, workshops, professional development, and any other support to start and sustain successful debate teams. We work with the following schools in the borough: AGAPE, Hawtree Creek Middle School, Hunters Point Community Middle School, KAPPA VI, Queens High School of Sciences
Curricular Debate Programming
In partnership with the Middle School Quality Initiative we work with schools to implement debate across the curriculum in every subject area. We work with the following schools in the borough: P.S. 043, Waterside School for Leadership, Village Academy, Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School, PS/IS 116 William C. Hughley, I.S. 238 - Susan B. Anthony Academy, Queens United School, Hunters Point Community Middle School.
Queens Debate Tournaments
Our core program are monthly Saturday tournaments. We provide at least three rounds of debate competitions, workshops, breakfast, lunch and an awards ceremony for all students.
Queens Summer Debate Institute
Our debate program is year round. During the summer we offer a free summer debate institute for students. Our Debate Institute offers a rigorous curriculum of public speaking, research, rhetoric, current events, and public policy. Mornings include lectures on debate skills and topics and afternoons are devoted to small lab groups to practice debate skills. The debate institute culminates with a summer debate tournament. The Queens Summer Debate Institute is one of our largest summer debate institutes and we are so honored that the institute is hosted by Maspeth High School.
Queens Travel Debate Team
We also support travel scholarships for the top high school debaters. This allows students the opportunity to travel and compete at some of the top tournaments on the East Coast including Harvard University, Yale University, and other out of state and national tournaments.
We have a program director and outreach staff who visit schools to help train teachers who are new to debate and start and sustain successful debate programs.
New York City Urban Debate League Citywide Programs
All our programs throughout the city are available for all students. We offer tournaments nearly every weekend, workshops and Debate Nights every month, citywide debate invitationals, summer debate institutes in each borough, the New York City Debate Championships, and other debate opportunities year round.
Hawtree Creek Middle School
Hunters Point Community Middle School
Queens High School of Sciences
William E. Grady Career and Technical High School
Queens MSQI Debate Schools
Waterside School for Leadership
Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School
PS/IS 116 William C. Hughley
I.S. 238 - Susan B. Anthony Academy
Queens United School
Hunters Point Community Middle School