What is an Urban Debate League?
WHAT IS AN
Urban Debate Leagues are organized around a partnership be-
tween the urban public school district and a private partner, of-
ten a non-profit organization, comprising civic-minded leaders
in business, law, academia, government and the nonprofit com-
Roster of Active Schools
Urban Debate Leagues have at a minimum five active high
schools, with at least one teacher coach, and students who
regularly compete at tournaments.
Urban Debate Leagues conduct expert trainings for teachers,
judges, and students, over the summer and during the school
The heart of a UDL is its tournament schedule, which drives
other activities on the yearly UDL calendar.
Professional Community of Coaches
UDLs have developed a norm that gives coaches ownership of
College Access Connection
Universities provide technical assistance, mentoring, and event fa-
cilities. UDL's help transition students into college.
UDLs offer a course in the regular curriculum in Argumentation and
Debate. Some UDLs have introduced debate to other courses, a concept
know as “curricular debate.”
Public Debate and Youth Voice
Many UDLs conduct debates to affect public conversations on community
We welcome your further inquiries on details.
National Association for Urban Debate Leagues - 332 S. Michigan Ave. Ste. 500, Chicago, IL 60604 - tel 312-427-8101 - www.urbandebate.org