Tulsa Debate League

Think. Communicate. Engage.

About Tulsa Debate

Debate prepares students to thrive in the 21st century. Debaters learn how to think critically - to unpack arguments, dissect research, and evaluate choices. They learn how to communicate - to explain complex concepts and articulate them to diverse audiences. And they learn how to engage in the world - to understand multiple perspectives and make an impact on the world. Research shows that debate can dramatically close the achievement gap in urban school districts - debaters are more likely to graduate from high school, meet college-readiness benchmarks and achieve greater cumulative grade point average than their peers.

 

The Tulsa Debate League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit supporting students and teachers in Tulsa Public Schools. As an urban debate league, we are dedicated to expanding access to the activity to schools and students who have traditionally lacked access. We organize competitions, fund programs and summer camps, and provide professional development to teachers and coaches.

Our Schools

High Schools

  • Booker T. Washington High School
  • Central High School
  • Charles Page High School (Sand Springs)
  • Daniel Webster High School 5. East Central High School
  • Langston Hughes Academy
  • McLain High School
  • Nathan Hale High School
  • Union High School
  • Will Rogers High School

Middle and Elementary Schools

  • Carver Middle School
  • Collegiate Hall
  • East Central Junior High
  • Gilcrease Elementary School
  • Jackson Elementary School
  • Kendall Whittier Elementary School
  • KIPP Tulsa
  • Legacy Charter School
  • Will Rogers Junior High
  • Union Middle Schools (6th, 7th, and 8th grade centers)

Our Program

The Tulsa Debate League is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit partner of Tulsa Public Schools, Union Public Schools, Sand Springs Public Schools and several Tulsa area charter schools. Modeled after the most effective urban debate leagues in the country, we organize competitions, fund programs and summer camps, and provide professional development to teachers and coaches.

 

How we help schools:

  • Provide professional development to coaches, including hosting coaches workshops and mentoring coaches
  • Organize tournaments (see schedule)
  • Fund travel and tournament costs
  • Support summer camp opportunities for students
  • Partner with universities to offer college access resources

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