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Bronx Middle School To Host Middle School Quality Initiative Debate Tournament

The Bronx Times, March 1st 2016

The tournament is sponsored by the New York City Department of Education’s Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI). The MSQI debate initiative uses an evidence based argumentation curriculum to increase student literacy, writing, public speaking, and critical thinking skills. The New York City Urban Debate League provides schools with on site teacher training, debate resources, workshops, and monthly debate opportunities for MSQI students. Participation in debate has a measurable impact on students’ academic performance, self esteem, public speaking and critical research skills.

All MSQI schools engage in public forum debates, a style in which two-person teams advocate or reject a position posed by the resolution. The debate topics for all MSQI tournaments come directly from Word Generation, an academic language acquisition curriculum used widely in MSQI schools.

History teacher and debate coach, Matthew Doran could not be more excited to have MS 45 host its second tournament of the academic year. “MS 45 is pleased to host the 3rd MSQI tournament of the year,” said Doran “with the competition continuing to grow each tournament, our veteran students as well as our new comers have been working hard to prepare. We look forward to seeing all returning and new schools.” The last MSQI tournament which featured a special introduction from NYC Schools Chancellor, Carmen Fariña, saw over 150 teams from 30 schools compete with Bronx schools making up half the division. The March 5th tournament will be decided by volunteer community judges many of whom were supplied by the Bronx Volunteer Coalition. For more information on the Bronx Debate League, MSQI partnership and/or Saturday’s tournament contact Communications Manger, Tiara Moultrie at 929-341-0089 or

About the New York City Urban Debate League:

The New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) is the largest debate league in the nation with debate leagues in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Harlem, Manhattan, and Queens for all age levels – elementary school, middle school, and high school. We believe every school should have a debate team and every student should have access to the best debate education opportunities. Today, over 1500 students and 100 schools participate in our monthly debates. Every day we support debate practices. 

Every week we offer Saturday workshops and our debaters travel to local, regional, and national tournaments. We also host monthly public debate nights. For more information visit our website here or find us on Facebook or Twitter @nycdebateleague.

About The New York City Urban Debate League

Our mission is that every school should have a debate team and every student should have the opportunity to the best debate education opportunities. One of the most critical problems in education today is the academic and civic achievement gaps. Our solution is to provide the best college, career, civic, communication and community opportunities through year round academic debate. Each month we work with thousands of students and hundreds of schools. We support debate practices every day, debate centers every week, tournaments every weekend, workshops every month, debate camps all summer, and year round support for any student and teacher. We are one of the the city’s most award winning curricular and extracurricular programs. We have received awards from the White House, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, Presidential Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Institute for Museum and Library Services, The Social Index of Top 100 Nonprofits, BoardSource, Points of Light’s Civic Accelerator, Teach for America, and by the First Lady as “one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country.” Why Debate? Debate teaches every academic skill and every academic subject. A Great Debater means a person who has the skills and confidence to lead, to speak up, to argue, to question, to read and write to right the wrongs, to know about the world around you, and to change the world around you.

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