City Council District #11 Debate Initiative

Our Mission

Every school  should have a debate team. Every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. Debate is one of the best academic programs to prepare students for college, career, and civic success.

 

Tournaments Hosted

 

Our flagship program is our Saturday Debate Tournaments. We host debate tournaments every month during the school year and summer for high school and middle school students. Each monthly debate tournament will feature different topics including current events, economics, environmental affairs, philosophy, international politics, law and justice, and every other topic - topics traditionally not covered in school curriculums.  Students practice every academic skill preparing for these tournaments including reading, writing, researching, listening, practicing, public speaking, questioning, team work, and every other academic skill.  Academic learning time basically doubles through this out of school time program and culminates with the monthly debate tournament. At each tournament we serve over 300 students, teachers, family members and volunteers. Tournaments are all day from 7:00am-5:00pm and include breakfast, lunch, debate rounds and an awards ceremony.  Our Tournaments are free thanks to City Council support.

 

Middle School Tournament #1 (2018)

 

Thank you to In Tech High School and Middle School, District 11 , @AndrewCohenNYC, @NYCSchools, @NYCCouncil for hosting Middle School Debate Tournament #1. 30 schools, 229 student, 135 volunteers and families.  Thank you all for a historic debate season! Photo Album: https://flic.kr/s/aHskJKiZTE

 

High School Tournament #2 (November)

 

Bronx Collaborative High School, Worldview High School and Clinton High School host our High School Tournament #2 in November. There are over 300+ total participants including over 200 students and 100 adults (parents, teachers, judges, families and community volunteers)

 

Tournament Photo Album

 

Website Landing Page of the Tournament

 

Tournament Results Page

 

 

Middle School Tournament #4 (January)

 

In Tech hosts our middle school tournament in January which impacts several hundred students. 

 

Tournament Photo Album

 

Website Landing Page of the Tournament

 

Tournament Results Page

 

 

High School Tournament #5 (February)

 

Bronx Collaborative High School, Worldview High School and Clinton High School host our High School Tournament #2 in November. There are over 300+ total participants including over 200 students and 100 adults (parents, teachers, judges, families and community volunteers)

 

Tournament Photo Album

 

Website Landing Page of the Tournament

 

Tournament Results Page

 

 

 

Middle School State Championships (April) @ In Tech Academy

 

District #11 also hosts our Middle School State Championships each year at the end of the school year. Hosted every year at IN-Tech Academy. 200+ total participants. Over 200 students served. Over 100 volunteers, guests, parents from the community. This is a Saturday and Sunday Tournament. We provide breakfast, lunch, debate rounds all day and an awards ceremony. On Sunday we host elimination rounds for the top teams including quarterfinals, semifinals and the Final Round.

 

Tournament Photo Album:

 

Day 1 Photo Album

 

Day 2 Photo Album

 

Website Landing Page of the Tournament: Click here.

 

Tournament Results Page: Click here.

 

 

District Schools and Students Served

 

Half of our work is debate tournaments every Saturday. The other half of our work is how we support our teachers, schools and students through outreach and starting and sustaining debate programs in schools. We have outreach coordinators in each Borough to support schools, train teachers, provide curriculum and professional development, coordinate local debate scrimmages, year round virtual support (webinars, emails, phone calls, etc), help teachers recruit and start debate programs at their school, and anything else needed to start and sustain a successful debate team. We provide assistant coaches and volunteers to schools to support their debate programs. We have all day teacher training conferences at least four times a year.

 

As a result we have successfully partnered with the following schools in the district to create sustainable and successful debate programs through year round support:

 

District Schools Served:

 

Bronx Collaborative High School

 

High School of American Studies

 

Horace Mann Middle Division

 

IN-Tech Academy, MS/HS 368X

 

Worldview High School

 

 

Other District Debate Programs

 

Debate Club. All District students are able to participate in our debate programs for free. We have a Debate Club that serves students without debate teams at their schools. 

 

Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) Partnership. The New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) partners up with the NYC Department of Education to boost middle school literacy skills through curricular and extra curricular debate.


 

Special Awards, Recognition, and Media:

 

“American Studies Debate Team Reveals Secret of Its Success” (Riverdale Press)

http://riverdalepress.com/stories/american-studies-debate-team-reveals-secret-of-its-success,62171

 

“Debate Pays Dividends at In Tech Academy” (Riverdale Press)

http://riverdalepress.com/stories/Debate-pays-dividens-at-IN-Tech,58212?page=2&

 

“Debate Team Helps Students Improve Skills (Riverdale Press)

http://riverdalepress.com/stories/Debates-help-students-improve-skills,61282

 

 

District #11 Debate Participation

 

Bronx Collaborative High School

 

8 active competitors, 3.5 rounds/debater, 83.41% Title 1

61.88% - Hispanic, 30.04% - Black, 4.93%- White

 

10th Place Policy Debate School (Currently)

 

5th Place Team - NYCUDL HS #1 (October 2017) - Kingberry/Mora

3rd Place Speaker - Beatrice Mora

 

11th Place Team - NYCUDL HS #4 (January 2018) - McFarlane/Johnson

1st Place Speaker - Fatoumata Barrie

 

High School of American Studies -

 

27 Active Competitors, 27.39% Title 1

50.8% - White, 23.14%- Asian, 15.16% - Hispanic

 

2016-17 Season

2nd Place Public Forum Debate School

Champions - NYCUDL HS City Championships

Champions - NAUDL Flip The Debate National Championship

Quarterfinalist - NYCUDL HS State Championships

 

2017-18 Season

11th Place Public Forum Debate School (Currently)

 

2nd Place Team - NYCUDL HS #4 (January 2018) - Wang/Kabir

12th Place Speaker - Scott Siegel

 

IN-Tech Academy, (MS)

 

20 active debaters, 4.5 rounds/debater, 88.86% Title 1

82.23% - Hispanic, 10.95% - Black, 3.17% - Asian

 

2016-17 Season

5th Place Team - MSQI/NYCUDL Championship - Hassan/Perez

2nd Place Speaker - Alina Hassan

 

Champion- Bronx Borough Champions - Martinez/Minaya & Hassan/Perez

1st Place Speaker - Benjamin Minaya

 

Quarterfinalist - NYCUDL City Championships - Perez/Hassan

7th Place Speaker - Benjamin Minaya

 

Octa Finalists - NYCUDL State Championships - Skeete/Taverez & Hassan/Perez

4th Place Speaker - Alina Hassan

 

2017-18 Season

8th Place School (Current)

 

14th Place Team - MSQI/NYCUDL #1 (November 2017) - Shihadeh/Perez

10th Place Speaker - Jayden Sosa

 

Worldview High School

 

18 Active Debaters, 7.56 rounds/debater, 94.15% Title 1

67.84% - Hispanic, 28.65% - Black, 1.17% - Asian

 

2016-17 Season

7th Place School (First Year Program Award)

 

Semifinalist - NYCUDL City Championship - Aidah Masoud

1st Place Speaker - Aidah Masoud

 

Quarterfinalist - NYCUDL State Championship - Aidah Masoud

7th Place Speaker - Arianna Pina

 

2017-18 Season

5th Place School (Currently)

 

11th Place Team - NYCUDL #3 (December 2017) - Pina/Pina

5th Place Team - Aidah Masoud