About the MSQI Initiative

In 2014, the New York City Urban Debate League and the New York City Department of Education partnered up to bring curricular debate and after school debate programs to over 100 New York City middle schools to close the achievement gap.  The MSQI debate initiative uses an evidence based argumentation curriculum to increase student literacy, writing, public speaking, and critical thinking skills.  The NYCUDL team provides schools with on site teacher training, debate resources, workshops, and monthly debate opportunities for MSQI students. Preliminary results show substantial gains in literacy for students participating in debate versus their peers who do not participate in debate.


Additional Resources about the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI)

“Middle Schools Start Longer Days with a Focus on Participation” 

“Schools Chancellor Walcott and City Council Speaker Quinn Announce Pilot Program to Extend School Day & Expansion of Middle School Quality Initiative”

A Literacy Intensive Expanded School Day

The Word Generation Curriculum 

Upcoming Tournaments

#3 May 6

Location: IS 220 4812 9th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Topic: Commercial genetic testing on humans should be banned.


🏆 Championships: June 2-3

Location: TBD

Topic: TBD

Past Tournaments

 #2 February 11th

Location: In-Tech Academy, 2975 Tibbett Ave,The Bronx, NY 10463

Topic: Resolved: Medical marijuana should be legal.



 #1 November 19th

Location: MS 210 Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School at 93-11 101st Ave, Queens, NY 11416

Topic: Resolved: K-12 Schools should be able to punish student speech that occurs off-