In the fall of 2013, MSQI partnered with the New York City Urban Debate League (NYCUDL), to launch a debate initiative aimed at supporting MSQI schools in creating competitive debate teams and providing opportunities to MSQI students to compete in regular Saturday debate tournaments. The benefits of participating in competitive debate are well documented, including overall improvements in literacy, academic performance, and as a means to close the achievement gap for students in urban school districts. In partnership with the NYCUDL, MSQI hosts a series of four debate tournaments each year, drawing the resolutions for all debate tournaments directly from Word Generation, an academic language acquisition curriculum used widely across MSQI schools.

See below for videos of our MSQI debaters in action!

Videos