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A great volunteer opportunity – be a debate judge!

Are you passionate about education, debate, civics, and providing the best educational opportunities for Chicago youth? Then we need YOU! The CDL relies on a large network of volunteers–college students, debate league alumni, professionals in the community, parents, and teachers–to judge our tournaments. No experience is required; we will train you to be an effective […]

Thoughts from the Executive Director: To Sir with Love

People of a certain age will remember with fondness Sidney Poitier’s powerful portrayal of “Sir,” a teacher who transforms the lives of a group of struggling teens in an inner city London school. Others remember Mr. Kotter, who was “welcomed back” to his Bronx high school to change the lives of teens there. Or Edward […]

Alumni Profiles: David Sorrell, Staying involved with debate

2000 – 2004, Walter Payton Debate Team Graduated 2008, Northern Illinois University, B.A. Political Science Graduated 2011, Olivet Nazarene University, M.A. Organizational Leadership in Business Currently:  Rideshare Program Coordinator at Pace Suburban Bus Having served as a team member, novice captain, and assistant coach, my history with the Chicago Debate League has been long, very […]

Zapata Elementary Academy students compete at Nationals

Emiliano Zapata Elementary Academy became the first school in the history of the Chicago Middle School Debate League to compete at the National Junior Forensic League National Championship, held in Indianapolis in mid-June. Six Zapata students faced off against schools from all over the country, including Houston, New York and Atlanta, and even debated a […]

New research confirms the power of debate to change lives

A new study on the Chicago Debate League in the Journal of Adolescence investigates the relationship between participating in debate and college readiness for students at various levels of risk for educational failure. The research demonstrated that debate is an effective educational program for students at all levels of risk, not only those who were […]

Make Room for Debate a rousing success

On June 19th, almost 300 guests gathered at the University Club of Chicago for our first-ever fundraiser, Make Room for Debate. The event celebrated the CDC’s powerful debate programming for Chicago students and honored Tom Wilson, CEO of Allstate Corporation, with the Champion of Debate award. Among the attendees were Luncheon Chair Rick Godfrey of […]

Connecting academic debate to learning objectives: the Qualitative Assessment Project

After a highly successful pilot project in the spring of 2012, the CDL will launch the nation’s first qualitative assessment of urban debaters’ learning, connecting urban debate more closely to academic learning objectives. The Qualitative Assessment Project (QAP) assesses students’ performance against the Debater Development Benchmarks. These benchmarks, created by the CDC and introduced in […]

This year’s topic: U.S. transportation infrastructure policy

Chicago Debate League students have already begun preparing to debate the 2012-2013 national debate topic – Resolved: that the United States federal government should substantially increase its transportation infrastructure investment in the United States. Among the transportation policy issues that will be debated during the year are: job creation and economic stimulus; energy-efficient transportation as […]