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Debate Education Conferences

The New York City Urban Debate League hosts “STUDENTS DEBATE CON” four times a year on a Saturday (September, November, January, May). DEBATE CON is the city’s first student and teacher education conference bringing together NYC debaters (high school and middle school), educators, coaches and teachers. The event is free for all members of the NYC Urban Debate League.  Breakfast, Lunch and up to four workshops are provided. For non-members of the debate league, please inquire about membership at

The purpose of the conference is to help debate students and educators grow and learn from one another, share best practices, as well as build collegiality in the NYC and greater debate community. We will have tracks for all levels of debate students and instructors from beginners to advanced. Sessions include Introduction to Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Public Speaking, Teaching a Debate Class, Coaches Roundtable, Debate Curriculum, Travel and National Circuit, Debate Team Management and Fundraising and will be led by master debate coaches and educators. Breakfast and lunch are provided. In addition to the student tracks there is a teacher track available as well. Teachers should also see our “Teachers Debate Con” quarterly series which is only for teachers/adults on the NYC Department of Education’s Chancellor Professional Development Days (Click here for more information on Teachers Debate Con).

So join us for the next Debate Con by selecting an upcoming conference on the right!

Upcoming Conferences