MS 50 Hosts Summer Debate Institute to Stem Summer Reading Loss Green Point New

Greenpoint Gazette

MS 50 partnered with the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL) and the Middle School Quality Initiative (MSQI) to host a summer debate institute for middle school students last week.

Students researched the merits and risks of animal cloning and participated in a camp tournament on Friday.

Middle School 50 debate coach, Matthew Mason served as lead instructor and was assisted by a volunteer from the Bronx Science debate team.

The summer debate institute was designed as a way to stem summer reading loss among middle school students. Research has shown that middle school students lose more than two months in reading achievement over the summer. At the same time, MSQI recently completed a study of the effects of competitive debate on middle school reading comprehension growth that concluded that students who participate in competitive debate had reading comprehension growth at twice the national average.

The MS 50 summer debate institute was designed to use the benefits of debate to combat the negative effects of summer reading loss. Middle School teachers from around NYC also attended a “coaches training” at the MS 50 debate institute, learning the nuts and bolts of starting a competitive debate team from NYCUDL Program Director Aubrey Semple. MS 50 student, Edison, took both top speaker and top team, but all participants were winners, as they spent over 25 hours engaged in a rigorous, text-based, Common Core aligned activity.

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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