National Urban Debate League names Baltimore its best

Elementary/Middle School Tournament – Saturday, January 18th!

See you this Saturday, January 18 2013, for our Elementary/Middle School Tournament!

Location: Carver Vocational-Technical High School 2201 Presstman St. Baltimore, MD 21216

Download the bus schedule here: Jan 18 EMS Bus Schedule

If you are interested in judging, please complete our new volunteer application form here: http://budl.org/engage-with-us/become-a-volunteer/.

Martin Luther King Day Speech Contest 2014

In partnership with the Walters Art Museum, BUDL is hosting an essay-writing contest for our debaters. The authors of the winning submissions will have the opportunity to read their essays in public at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Family Festival at the Walters Art Museum on January 20, 2014. The two strongest elementary school essays, two strongest middle school essays and the two strongest high school essays will receive awards along with the honor of speaking.  Essays should take no longer than five minutes to read.

Students are asked to write a two-three page essay on one of the following themes:

  1. What can you do to continue the work of Dr. King and make the world a better place?
  2. Write about someone/something that has been important or inspirational in your life and how you feel compelled to pass that gift on to others.
  3. Write about your experiences getting involved in your community and taking a stand on something that was important to you in order to make your community stronger.   Do you think that this is in line with the teachings and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.?
  4. What has been the most important legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.?
  5. Talk about a lesser-known figure and why they were so important to the struggle for civil rights.

Please submit your essays via e-mail to Dominique@budl.org by Wednesday, January 15th

Include the following information with your submission: Full name, School, Grade, Phone Number, and Debate Coach’s name

BUDL Video Featured in Education Weekly

Education Weekly, the most trusted source in education journalism, recently featured BUDL in a blog post: “New Video Tells Story of Baltimore Debate League for Students.”

“As urban educators struggle to find ways to better engage young people and excite them about learning, a new video tells the story of one approach in Baltimore—debate teams—that has shown promise and is now serving students across more than 50 middle and high schools.

The Baltimore Urban Debate League uses the art of debate as a tool to help improve student self-esteem, achievement, graduation rates, and access to higher education. The video, produced by the Open Society Foundation (one of the program’s financial supporters) highlights the team’s ability to offer an alternative to suspension and expulsion of students and describes the positive impact it has had on participants.”

Read more at edweek.org.

High School Tournament this Saturday, January 11th!

See you this Saturday, January 11 2013, for our High School Tournament!

Location: Carver Vocational-Technical High School 2201 Presstman St. Baltimore, MD 21216

Download the bus schedule here: Jan. 11 HS Bus Schedule

If you are interested in judging, please complete our new volunteer application form here: http://budl.org/engage-with-us/become-a-volunteer/.

BUDL Debaters Invited to Annapolis

We’re excited to share that our debaters will be attending the 2014 Annapolis Summit this Wednesday. They have been invited to approach the mic and ask questions of the governor and speaker of the house.

The Daily Record and The Marc Steiner Show will host Governor Martin O’Malley, Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch for a two-hour program.

The Marc Steiner Show will broadcast the Annapolis Summit on WEAA later that week.

The Daily Record will publish a special legislative report on January 8 taking an in-depth look at hot issues during the 2014 legislative session and a business album on January 10 including photos of the summit.

Learn more at: http://thedailyrecord.com/legislativeevents/#sthash.aCTTgZjM.dpuf