NYCPS Literacy Collaborative

About the New York City Public Schools Literacy Collaborative Middle School Debate League

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 NYCPS Literacy Collaborative Debate League 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 these students. Preliminary results show substantial gains in literacy for students participating in debate versus their peers who do not participate in debate.

Upcoming Tournaments

#3 May 4th

Location: TBA

Topic: Resolved: The benefits of government investment in renewable energy technologies outweighs the harms.



🏆 High School Championships: May 29th




🏆 Middle School Championships: May 31st



Past Tournaments

 #2 January 27th

Location: TIS 220 JHS, 4812 9th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220

Topic: Resolved: The United States should make voting mandatory for all citizens over the age of 18.


#1 November 18th

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

Topic: Resolved: School Districts should offer financial incentives for performance in school for K-12 students in the United States.