Our Program

Think. Communicate. Engage.

Debate's Impact

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.”

Our Schools

Our Program

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.

How we help schools:

  • Provide professional development to coaches, including hosting coaches workshops and mentoring coaches
  • Organize tournaments (see schedule)
  • Fund travel and tournament costs
  • Support summer camp opportunities for students
  • Partner with universities to offer college access resources

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