2012-2013 NYC LOCAL DEBATE TOURNAMENT CALENDAR
Below is our schedule of local NYC debates that we host. All grade levels - Elementary School, Middle School, and High School divisions. Everything is free (registration, breakfast, lunch). Debaters should arrive 9:00am, registration closes at 9:30am.
9/15 - Mini Debate Camp
10/13 - Tournament #1
12/1 - Tournament #3Park Slope Collegiate HS, John Jay Campus.
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Click here for registration
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3/1 - 3/2 - The Lakeland Invitational Tournament
3/16 - Tournament #6 -
4/5 - 4/6 Tournament #7
Yale 2012 Tournament
NYC TRAVEL TEAM TOURNAMENT CALENDAR
Schools interested in travel to out of state debate tournaments each month can join our Travel Pool program. All travel and housing provided by the NYC Debate League and member schools! Contact email@example.com for more information.
9/21- 9/23 - Yale University
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10/5-10/6 - Monticello
11/2-11/3 - Vassar College
12/7-12/8 - Ridge Debate Invitational (New Jersey)
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2/1-2/2 - Newark Debate Invitational (New Jersey)
VARSITY NATIONAL CIRCUIT TRAVEL TEAM TOURNAMENT CALENDAR
For our top teams in the Travel Program that qualify for the Tournament of Champions, we support to travel to the nation's top tournaments. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
10/19-10/21 - New York City Invitational
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11/2-11/3 - University of Michigan Invitational
12/1-12/3 - Scranton Invitational & Round Robin
3/22-3/24 - Novice & Junior Varsity National Championships at Woodward HS, Georgia
SHARE YOUR WORK!
Calling all debate students, parents, teachers, coaches, volunteers - if you would like to be featured in our next NYC Great Debaters Weekly Newsletter, please send any photos, articles, poetry - anything debate related to Erik Fogel, email@example.com. Thank you for sharing your wonderful work!
THE NEW YORK CITY
"Be Great! Be a Great Debater!"
Another fantastic week for the NYC Debate League! A huge tournament on Saturday with new schools joining us! Two NYC debaters are finalists for one of the nation's top scholarship programs! And the New York City Urban Debate League is a finalist for the nation's top after school program! Thank you all of New York City for making our city's debate league such an incredible success! And wish us the best of luck for next Monday, November 19th when the top after school programs in the country will be announced!
BE GREAT! BE A GREAT DEBATER!!
Erik Fogel, Director
The New York City Urban Debate League
THANK YOU NYC CITIZENS COMMITTEE!
Nearly 200 debaters and over 80 volunteers, judges, teachers, alumni, coaches gathered for our second debate tournament of the year at the Institute for Collaborative Education! Policy Debaters argued the topic "Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States." Given Hurricane Sandy's devastating effects on the transportation infrastructure of New York City, this topic was particularly relevant. High School debaters in the event of public forum debate argued the topic "Resolved: Current U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East undermines our national security." Middle school debaters in the event of public forum debate argued the topic, "Resolved: Developed countries have a moral obligation to mitigate the effects of climate change." Parents and volunteers who came to watch and help with the debates remarked they were "amazed" and "awed" by 6th graders arguing about the science behind global warming and high school debaters tackling peace in the Middle East. It was truly an inspirational Saturday.
We would like to thank all our fantastic volunteers, alumni, teachers, coaches, parents and everyone for making our second tournament such a success! We would also like to thank the Citizens Committee of New York for sponsoring our tournament. For more than 35 years, the Citizens Committee has supported volunteer-led neighborhood groups carrying out community improvement projects in the most underserved neighborhoods and schools across all five boroughs. This is our first year partnering with Citizens Committee to provide the best education opportunities for all NYC youth and we hope to continue far into the future. Thank you so much for your support!
Finally, we would love your feedback! Please click here and complete a short feedback form on anything we did well and anything we can improve for our next tournament. Thank you again for your support
NEW YORK CITY DEBATE
TOP AFTER SCHOOL
PROGRAM IN THE COUNTRY!
TOP AWARD WILL BE ANNOUNCED MONDAY!
Each year the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services come together to acknowledge the top programs across the country for their work in the arts and humanities. We are proud to announce that this year the New York City Urban Debate League is recognized as a Finalist and "one of the top arts and humanities based programs in the country." And on Monday, November 19th, the top programs will be announced! Thank you everyone for your support! Without your support we would not even have a debate league - let alone - one of the top programs in the country. And wish us the best of luck on Monday!
NYC DEBATE TOURNAMENT #3
DECEMBER 1ST AT
PARK SLOPE COLLEGIATE, JOHN JAY CAMPUS!
REGISTER NOW FOR OUR THIRD NYC DEBATE TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR! You can register your debaters online by clicking here.
The tournament will be held at Park Slope Collegiate High School, John Jay Campus, 237 Seventh Avenue, Brooklyn. For additional tournament details click here.
Policy Debate Topic (High School and Middle School)
"Resolved: The United States Federal Government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States." Click here for policy debate resources and the Starters Packet.
Public Forum Debate Topic (High School)
Coaches across the country vote for the monthly current event topics and the National Forensics League publishes here the monthly topic on the 1st of the month. The December topic is Resolved: The United States should prioritize tax increases over spending cuts. Click here for Public Forum Debate resources and contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the monthly debate topic materials.
Public Forum Debate Topic (Middle School and Elementary School)
Our middle school and elementary schools vote on the monthly topic at each tournament. Our November topic will be "Resolved: Developed countries have a moral obligation to mitigate the effects of climate change." Click here for Public Forum Debate resources and contact email@example.com for the monthly debate topic materials.
Please register your teams by Wednesday, November 28th. Click here
for registration. Click here
for tournament information. Debaters, judges and everyone should arrive at the tournament on Saturday (12/1) by 9:00am for breakfast. At 9:30am registration closes. Round 1 should begin between 10:00am-10:30am. Round 2 follows soon after. Lunch will be held after Round 2, normally 1:30pm-2:30pm. Elementary and middle school debaters will have an awards ceremony and should be finished between 2:30pm-3:00pm. High School debaters have an additional round after lunch and their awards ceremony should be finished between 5:00pm-6:00pm. If you are interested in volunteering as a judge, please complete our judge volunteer form
. Thank you!
NYC DEBATERS FINALISTS FOR NATION'S TOP SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM!
The Posse Foundation partners with 44 partner colleges and universities in 18 states to provide free college scholarships and all expenses paid to over 1500 college students each year. Every year NYC debaters are finalists and winners for this coveted scholarship program. This year is no exception! Guilberly Loussaint of ACORN Community HS and Elizah Morales of the Bronx School for Law, Government and Justice are 2012-2013 Finalists! Congratulations!
Founded in 1989, Posse identifies public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential. Posse extends to these students the opportunity to pursue personal and academic excellence by placing them in supportive, multicultural teams-Posses-of 10 students. Posse partner colleges and universities award Posse Scholars four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships. For over 20 years, Posse partner colleges and universities have welcomed Posse Scholars onto their campuses. They have awarded an incredible $486 million in leadership scholarships to these young people and have seen their success not only as leaders on campus, but in these students' 90 percent graduation rate. Good luck to this year's corps of Posse Scholars!
NEXT DATE WITH DEBATE, NOVEMBER 15th, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Date Debate!!!! Thank you to our guests for our first Date with Debate on October 8th at the Crocodile Lounge. Free drinks, free pizza, free debate workshop, free debate discussion! Shout outs to Benjamin Banneker HS Coach James Bathurst for fantastic ideas on travel tournaments for all schools.
Each month we are hosting a "Date with Debate" for everyone passionate about supporting the NYC debate community! We will have a jam packed evening! Debate workshop! Debate Coaches Meeting! Debate talk!! Sharing best ideas, debate activities, debate lessons! Volunteer and judge appreciation! Help us tabulate the following Saturday's tournament! Free pizza! Free drinks!! But the most important goal for the evening - have fun with debate so hopefully you will be back for another debate date!
Thursday, November 15th
325 E 14th St
(between 1st Ave & 2nd Ave)
Contact - Erik Fogel, 917-455-1079, firstname.lastname@example.org
(look for the only person sitting in the bar typing on a laptop!)
The National Center for Policy Analysis and Debate Central announce the 2012 Young Patriots Essay Contest! The annual contest features a new controversial topic each year designed to challenge high school students to creatively solve problems in the realm of public policy through the art of writing. The topic of this year's essay contest is: "What is the proper role of the government in insuring people against major social risks?" This year's topic addresses government social insurance for the risks that everyone faces. "For as long as there have been human societies, people have faced these same risks," said John C. Goodman, president and CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis. All essays must be submitted by Friday, November 23 at 11:00pm EST.
VOTE FOR NEXT YEAR'S POLICY DEBATE TOPIC!
All our member schools have free membership to the National Forensics League (NFL) and so if you haven't applied for membership, you can click here. NFL Chapter advisors from active schools may vote online for one of two final Policy Debate resolutions for 2013-14. Simply log in to the Points Application and select "Policy Topic Selection" from the left side menu. Voting will conclude at 4 p.m. CST on Thursday, January 3, 2013. The two topics making the final round of voting are:
1. Latin America. Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its economic engagement toward Cuba, Mexico or Venezuela.
2. Export Controls. Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially strengthen its export controls on military and/or dual-use technology toward one or more of the following: China, India, Israel, Russia, Taiwan.
So sign up now for membership in the National Forensics League - the nation's largest academic honors society and host to the largest academic competition in the world - the National Championships in speech and debate! Membership is free for all urban debate schools!
CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS!
As the city's free debate league for all students, we rely on an incredible network of volunteers - students, alumni, parents, teachers, and everyone passionate about education, debate, civics and providing the best opportunities for New York City youth! We need judges for each of our monthly tournaments. No experience required, we provide a training session, breakfast, lunch and incredible debates! So please contact email@example.com or please complete our judge volunteer form.
We would love to have you at our second tournament, November 10th! Thank you so much for supporting all our students to become Great Debaters!
DROP BY YOUR DEBATE CENTER!
We offer debate centers in each borough for any students or teachers to drop in for the best debate training, supplies and snacks - for free! Click here
for more information about our debate centers or click on any of the centers below.
When: Wednesdays, 3:00pm-7:00pm
Where: The Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice, 283 Adams Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
Contact: Ben Crossan, firstname.lastname@example.org
When: Mondays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
Where: St. John's University, St. John's Hall, Room 203
When: Mondays, 3:00pm-6:00pm
Columbia University, Teachers College, Zankel 406, 525 West 120th Street
Contact: Jen Johnson or Erik Fogel, email@example.com
When: Mondays, 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Where: The Urban Assembly School for Law, Government and Justice, 244 E. 163rd St., Bronx, NY, 10451
Contact: Erik Fogel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Policy Debate & Public Forum Debate Resources and Curriculum Available!
Our tournaments feature the country's two most popular and rigorous debate formats - policy debate and public forum debate.
Policy debate is the oldest American debate format. It is also the most popular debate format at the college and high school levels. Policy Debate engages students in a year long study of a single topic where students earn an equivalent of a masters degree on that topic. Policy Debate is unique in (1) freedom of argumentation (there are no limits in strategies of argumentation - the only rule being there are no rules), (2) quantity of information (debaters research and study thousands of arguments), (3) speed of thinking and delivery (debate rounds can reach over 350 words per minute), (4) evidence based argumentation (points go to not how well you speak but how well you read, analyze, question, construct and deconstruct evidence). Click here to access our policy debate resources.
PUBLIC FORUM DEBATE
Our other event of Public Forum Debate is the country's newest, fastest growing debate event, and one of the most popular debate events at the high school level. Public Forum Debate ("PFD") is the most real world debate format at the national level and one of the best means of preparation for a career in politics and leadership. PFD challenges our debaters to be tomorrow's political leaders with topics that change each month based on current events. Students engage in presidential style debates of researching, writing and delivering speeches on the most pressing current issues of the day. Points go to debaters who best persuade the audience. PFD is also the best debate format for younger, beginner debaters and new coaches looking for a quick and easy debate format to learn. Click here to access our public forum debate resources.
JOIN THE NEW YORK CITY DEBATE LEAGUE!
The New York City Debate League is free for all students and all schools! Sign up for the 2012-2013 debate season! Weekly workshops, monthly tournaments, professional development, summer debate camps, books, materials, curriculum, scholarships - everything you need to start a debate team at your school is free. Don't have a debate team at your school? No problem! We provide free tournaments, training, materials and everything else you need! Not sure of what type of debate you want to do? We have all types of debate - policy debate, public forum debate, international debate and more! Whatever you need! Whenever you need! Wherever you need! Just let us know!! We believe that all students should be Great Debaters! Contact Erik Fogel, email@example.com, 917-455-1079, or sign up online!
2012 - 2013
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