2015-2016 School Year
FREE PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS
Date: Please check back Winter 2016 for next year's date.
Judge Training will resume in Fall 2016.
For more information or to register, contact email@example.com.
All Middle School Public Debate Leagues are eligible to participate in the Championship Tournament on April 16, 2016.
Join other experienced MSPDP debaters for a fun, rigorous, and educational 5 day debate camp, culminating in a 2-day, full-blown, 5 issue tournament competition! Hosted by the Hackley School.
|British International School of New York|
|Bronx Academy of Letters|
|Clinton School for Writers and Arrtists|
|Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School|
|Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science School|
|East New York Middle School of Excellence|
|Hunter College Community School|
|IS 228 David Boody Jr. High|
|Marine Park IS 278|
|NYC Lab Middle School for Collaborative Studies|
|Speyer Legacy School|
|Success Academies Harlem East|
|Success Academies Harlem West|
|Success Academy Harlem Central|
|Success Academy Harlem North West|
|The Dalton School|
|The Equity Project Middle School|
|The School at Columbia University|
On May 29th at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York City the facts flew back and forth between students from the the Hackley School of Tarrytown, New York, and the Pegasus School of Huntington Beach, California, who were vying to become the 2015 National English-Speaking Union - Middle School Public Debate Program Champions. Arguing in support of the motion "The United States should abolish the death penalty," Hackley convinced the panel of three judges to award them First Place.
The ESU is pleased to share today's The New York Times article, "A Diverse Mix of Pupils, Learning Civilized Dissent," featuring the ESU Middle School Debate program's New York Debate League. Now in its fourth year, the program, designed to help young adolescents develop critical thinking and language arts skills through public speaking, has reached more than 2,300 students in grades 5 to 8 in New York and New Jersey. There are nearly 900 individual debates through this program annually.
The article underscores one of the Middle School Debate program's strengths—bringing together students from various backgrounds that, as Brianna Scott (a seventh grader at Success Academy Harlem West) says, "prepare[s] you to go out into the world."