Competitive Debate coaches for both Elementary/Middle and High School can now visit www.budl.org/competitivedebate for goals and benchmarks aligned to each debate level : Elementary/Novice, JV, and Varsity. Resources are available to download assist coaches and teachers in creating engaging activities for everything from research to creating blocks.
Students who participate in BUDL are three times less likely to misbehave. Watch Up for Debate, a new video released by Open Society Foundations featuring BUDL alum Deverick Murray & current debater, Kaela Pittman.
“If it’s hard to conceptualize the many approaches to building nurturing learning environments, the above video makes the point vividly clear. It features an exceptional example of a creative school debate program—Baltimore Urban Debate League—that helps students develop meaningful interactions with adults in their schools in addition to finding their own voice and expressing themselves.
In the video, we meet Kaela, who once struggled building relationships with adults in school. After joining the program and winning two medals during her first debate, she flourishes into a great debater and student. Alternatives to harsh disciplinary policies help make the difference between whether students succeed or fail.
As the Baltimore Urban Debate League has shown, solutions exist. We just need to take the time to identify and implement alternatives that give students needed support—and the chance to dream big.”
From Is Harsh Discipline Necessary? It’s Up for Debate, by Judith Browne Dianis
The High School Tournament scheduled for this Saturday, December 14th, has been cancelled due to weather. Stay warm, and see you in January!
Please note that the next Elementary Middle School tournament scheduled for this Saturday, December 7th, has been canceled to avoid conflict with Baltimore City Public Schools Choice Fair. The next High School tournament is December 14th, and the next Elementary/Middle School tournament will be next year on January 18th. See tournament calendar below for all 2014 dates.