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

Tulsa Public Schools - High

  • Booker T. Washington High School
  • Central High School
  • Daniel Webster High School
  • East Central High School
  • McLain High School
  • Memorial High School
  • Thomas Edison Preparatory High School
  • Will Rogers High School

Tulsa Public Schools - Middle

  • Carver Middle School
  • Central Junior High School
  • Daniel Webster Junior High School
  • Monroe Demonstration Academy
  • Nathan Hale Junior High School
  • Thomas Edison Preparatory Middle School
  • Thoreau Demonstration Academy
  • Will Rogers Junior High

Tulsa Public Schools - Elementary

  • Anderson Elementary School
  • John Hope Franklin Elementary School
  • Kendall Whittier Elementary School
  • Marshall Elementary School
  • McClure Elementary School
  • Mitchell Elementary School
  • Roberson Elementary School
  • Unity Learning Academy
  • Walt Disney Elementary School
  • Walt Whitman Elementary School
  • Wayman Tisdale Elementary School

Union Public Schools

  • Union High School
  • Union Middle Schools (6th, 7th, and 8th grade centers)
  • Ellen Ochoa Elementary School
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School

Other districts and partners

  • Charles Page High School (Sand Springs)
  • Clyde Boyd Middle School (Sand Springs)
  • Collegiate Hall
  • Langston Hughes Academy

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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