SUPPORT OUR GROWTH
We have reached new heights in our efforts to bring debate to students across Dallas ISD. Between 2012 and 2016, we doubled in size to serve 50 campuses and 900+ students yearly. At the beginning of the fall semester in 2022, we began reaching over 70 schools across the district. In 2023, we grew to the second-largest urban debate league in the country. By early 2024, we reached over 1700 students from 113 schools. This steady growth has been made possible through the generosity of donors like you.
We want to do more than increase our participation numbers. Our organization's goal is to revolutionize the role debate plays in Dallas ISD's educational mission. We are reimagining our programs by expanding the support we offer to participants. Through a series of thoughtful initiatives we are creating an intellectually rigorous experience for participants that will better equip them for a rapidly changing world.
Your support will allow us to continue to update our programs to increase the quality of student and coach involvement. We have offered new professional development sessions for our teachers, led by nationally-recognized debate coaches. We have redesigned our on-boarding & training process for new coaches to streamline the addition of new campuses. We developed new formats to make debate even more relevant to our students and teachers as we help them reach out to lead their communities.
These plans are designed to increase student and coach retention, to heighten the intellectual standards demanded by our programs, and to give every student a chance to succeed regardless of their circumstances.
More than ever, your support will change the lives of Dallas ISD students and teachers and empower our efforts to better equip our constituents for a rapidly-evolving future. Join us in developing better students for a better Dallas.