Debate prepares students to thrive in the 21st century. Debaters learn how to think critically - to unpack arguments, dissect research, and evaluate choices. They learn how to communicate - to explain complex concepts and articulate them to diverse audiences. And they learn how to engage in the world - to understand multiple perspectives and make an impact on the world. Research shows that debate can dramatically close the achievement gap in urban school districts - debaters are more likely to graduate from high school, meet college-readiness benchmarks and achieve greater cumulative grade point average than their peers.
The Tulsa Debate League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting students and teachers in Tulsa Public Schools. As an urban debate league, we are dedicated to expanding access to the activity to schools and students who have traditionally lacked access. We organize competitions, fund programs and summer camps, and provide professional development to teachers and coaches.
Successful urban debate leagues make a dramatic impact on student achievement and life outcomes.
A growing body of research by academic researchers substantiates the remarks of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the 2012 Annual Dinner for the NAUDL: “Competitive debate is one of the great equalizers of educational opportunity…To be very clear, the experience of competing on an urban debate team boosts your college readiness and your chance to succeed in life.”
The Tulsa Debate League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner of Tulsa Public Schools, Union Public Schools, Sand Springs Public Schools and several Tulsa area charter schools. Modeled after the most effective urban debate leagues in the country, we organize competitions, fund programs and summer camps, and provide professional development to teachers and coaches.
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