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Support the evolution of Dallas Urban Debate
We have hit a stride 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. By the end of the Fall 2019 semester, we have already engaged more than 65 campuses and 600 students. This steady growth was made possible through the generosity of donors like you.
On the cusp of a new decade, we seek to do more than increase our participation numbers. Under new leadership, our organization's goal is to revolutionize the role debate plays in Dallas ISD's educational mission. This Spring, we set out to reimagine our programs by expanding the support we offer to participants. Through a series of thoughtful initiatives we will create an intellectually rigorous experience for participants that will better equip them for a rapidly changing world.
In 2021, your support will allow us to update our programs to increase the quality of student and coach involvement. This Spring, we will begin to break ground on a series of initiatives built in collaboration with Dallas ISD and Urban Debate Leagues around the country. We are planning new professional development sessions for our teachers, led by nationally-recognized debate coaches. We are redesigning our on-boarding & training process for new coaches to streamline the addition of new campuses. We are exploring a regional pop-up workshop model to give students highly-qualified feedback on topic content, rhetorical strategy, and research skills.
These plans - and others not yet published - 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 in competition regardless of their circumstances.
More than ever, your support will change the lives of Dallas ISD students and teachers. By giving, you empower our efforts to better equip students for a rapidly evolving future. Please join us in forging better students for a better Dallas.