High School Coaches Weekly - 1/3/19

by Erik Fogel | Jan 3, 2019 11:36:52 AM |

High School Debate League


Hi Everyone!  Happy New Year and Lots of Exciting New Opportunities!  HS Tournament #4 Coming Up!! NYCUDL is rolling out Version 1.0 of our E-Debate courses!!  Free weekly current events curriculum available!  State Champs Bids Updated!  HS City Champs PF debate is sponsored by Citibank with Financial Literacy Topic and Coach stipends!  And more!...... 


1. HIGH SCHOOL TOURNAMENT #4 REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS 5PM MONDAY!!!!!!!!   Tournament on January 12th!!!!! 

Two Locations.  Policy Debate is at the New School in Manhattan!!!!!!!  Public Forum Debate at In Tech Academy in the Bronx!! You can find details, address and registration links below. And/or of course visit tabroom.com as well. Feel free to email us at info@debate.nyc for any questions! Reminder you can add "TBA entries" and change names by Wednesday. Also, thanks to coach feedback we have added an Intermediate/Junior Varsity Division to our High School Public Forum Tournaments which will now feature  4 Divisions!!!  Beginners, Novice, Intermediate and Open/Advanced Divisions.  FINALLY, 9am!!!!  is the deadline to be physically at the tournament and register. That was the big issue with HS Tournament #1. Students/Schools arriving late can still compete in Rounds 2 and 3. But please make sure to plan accordingly for 9am arrival. Only a teacher/adult can register students. 


Tournament Registration Link (Registration deadline is 5pm!)



New Division! Junior Varsity/intermediate Division.

This is for students in their Freshmen/Sophomore years, former middle school debaters. 


New Division! Beginners division for new schools, rebuilding schools, and other support needed for schools. 



1. Policy Debate Tournament - The New School, 66 West 12th Street, New YorkNY 10011

2. Public Forum Debate - IN-Tech Academy, 2975 Tibbett Ave, Bronx, NY 10463


High School Calendar and Registration Link



Student Permission Slip Link



2.  Free Weekly Current Events Curriculum for Your Debate Team! 

You can access on our Teachers Portal - https://www.debate.nyc/teacher-resources

NewsCurrents Online delivers a weekly discussion-based current events curriculum to every NYCUDL school member. The program covers important national and international news, as well as developments in science, the arts, and more. Subscribers receive 34 issues during the school year. Every issue contains two components: A teacher’s discussion guide (written on three learning levels), and images that go along with each story. The teacher’s guide gives you everything you need to conduct a teacher-directed discussion about important issues, while students focus on the visuals, answer questions, and express opinions. The visuals contain teaching elements like maps, news and historic photos, charts, and more. Consistent weekly use builds background knowledge, critical thinking, and oral expression skills. Aligns with Common Core.


3.  NYCUDL E-Debate Courses Coming Soon! 

Exciting announcement!  During the Holiday Break, our team has been working hard on building out Version 1.0 of free Debate E-Courses for our Members. Our first prototype will be a General Debate 101 Course, September - June (20 weeks, 2 practices/week) so 40 units. General overview of all things debate and all the debate events featured at NYCUDL Tournaments. And shortly after building out debate specific E-Courses for Public Forum Debate, Judges, and starting in September - Policy Debate.  And of course this is Version 1.0 and so very interested in getting any feedback, folks to try it out, ideas for readings, activities, etc. 


4.   HS Public Forum City Debate Championships Update!!  Financial Literacy Debate Topic and Coach Stipends Coming Soon! 

Sponsored by Citibank!  Financial Literacy Topic!  Coach Stipends for Title I Schools!  And more! Our March City Championships High School Public Forum Debate Division will feature a unique Financial Literacy Topic sponsored by Citibank which will be sponsoring the tournament and also generously providing $500.00 coach stipends for NYC Title I school coaches to participate!!!!   You heard that right!!!... Get Paid for Attending City Championships!!!!  Not sure if we can do this every year. But this year thanks to the generosity of Citibank, lots of exciting opportunities at the Citi Championships. We are still finalizing debates.  More information so far - https://www.debate.nyc/financial-literacy-debates./   The topic for High School Public Forum Debate City Championships is : 

Resolved: It is a better financial decision to use discretionary income to pay down debt than to use discretionary income to invest in a retirement account.  Materials will be available and more information later! 


5.   High School States Championships Bids Updates!!! 

At City Championships, each high school can send two teams per division and per event!  Totally up to you what teams!!! Have your own mini tournament! Select based on overall record!!  or other method!  For State Champs however, it is through "bids" - at least 2 winning record tournaments... with the same partner!! More info and bid list on our State Champs website - https://www.debate.nyc/the-new-york-state-debate-championship



6.  Student Tournament Internship Application

 Have students Interested in getting more involved? Interested in doing other things besides debating? Need an internship for high school, college or career? Then apply for our Student Tournament Internship Program. We are looking for high school students and upper middle school students interested in helping at tournaments in all the different ways how tournaments run. Learn more by clicking here: https://www.debate.nyc/tournament-internship

General Reminders


1.  Public Forum Debate Resources. Updated Weekly from the NYC Debate Center.

The New York City Debate Center is located at our office and provides weekly instruction for students and coaches.  NYCUDL coaches are welcome to drop in to observe lessons, meet with staff, and also schedule 1-1 professional development training. The Debate Center is also open to all NYCUDL high school students.  We make available to all NYCUDL coaches, the weekly current events quizzes, topic lectures, and other lessons and curriculum at the NYC Debate Center. 


1.  Monthly Topic (National Speech and Debate Association)

2.  Monthly Topic Lectures (Public) (NYC Debate Center and NYC Debate Club)

3.  Monthly Topic Handbooks (NYCUDL Teachers, Password Protected)

4.  Weekly Interactive Current Event Trivia (NYCUDL Teachers, Password Protected)


2.  2018-2019 Tournament Calendar! Save the dates!  NEW CALENDAR SYSTEM! 

We have a new calendar system on our website so you can add the Tournament Calendar to your Google Calendar, iCalendar or other feeds. As well as share via social media, Email, etc. Each tournament location is also linked to Google Calendar for directions. And you will also see a button that takes you to Tabroom.com to register for that tournament. Visit our High School Calendar: https://www.debate.nyc/hs-calendar.


10/20 - NYC High School Tournament #1 - Leon Goldstein HS Hosting Policy Debate. Public Forum - Beacon High School (Confirmed)
11/17 - NYC High School Tournament #2 - Clinton HS (Confirmed)
12/15 - NYC High School Tournament #3 - Brooklyn Tech HS (Confirmed)
1/12 - NYC High School Tournament #4 -  New School tentatively hosting Policy Debate; IN-Tech Academy hosting Public Forum Debate (Confirmed) 
2/2 - NYC High School Tournament #5 - Midwood HS - Confirmed
3/8 - 3/9 - City High School Debate Championships - ICE hosting Policy Debate & NEST+M hosting Public Forum Debate
4/6-4/7 - New York State High School Debate Championships - William Cullen Bryant HS 
3.   Outreach Support!
Are you a new debate coach in the NYCUDL? Are you a returning coach and need support with restarting your debate team for the new year? Are you a veteran coach that needs assistance on how to move your team to the next level? The NYCUDL is focused on providing support to all of our coaches with our NYCUDL outreach initiative. Coaches can work with our outreach staff and work with you directly (in-person visits, email and/or phone) and provide technical assistance for team management. For more information on outreach, visit our Teacher Resources website. Note - Password Required - limited to NYCUDL schools. https://go.debate.nyc/teacher-resources
Scheduling an Outreach Visit! You can schedule a school support visit with our High School Director and Program Director, Aubrey Semple. Click here to schedule a meeting. This can be over the phone, in person, video conference or whatever best for you!
4.  The High School Debate Center and High School Debate Club! (Saturdays, 12:00pm-2:00pm)
Every Saturday (except for Holidays and High School Tournaments) we have a drop in High School Debate Center for students at our Office, 25 Broadway, 9th Floor. Coaches as well as high school students are welcome to participate in our coaching classes, practice debates, photocopying, etc. Snacks, drinks, and lunch provided! Click here to learn more!  And every Wednesday after school we host a Varsity only Debate Practice at our office! 

5.  School Registration for this Year!  SCHOOL REGISTRATION CLOSES JANUARY 1ST!  You can still register after January 1st, but competition and training will begin the new school year. 

No changes from last year! You can sign up by visiting: https://go.debate.nyc/school-registration-2018-2019.  We do have fee waivers for Title I schools that cannot afford and that can host tournaments! Click here - 



6. Getting our Updates? Our Weekly Newsletter and Social Media Updates


7.  College Scholarship Opportunities


College Board Scholarship Program! College Board Opportunity Scholarships program, lays out six key steps in the college application process and gives high school students a chance to win money in monthly drawings tied to each step. The steps for students include, for example, successfully building a college list (six hundred awards of $500 each) and studying for the SATs using Khan Academy's Official SAT Practice resource (fifteen hundred awards of $1,000 each). The College Board offers free online, on demand resources that students can use to complete all six steps. Students who complete all six actions will be eligible for a drawing for twenty-five scholarships worth $40,000 each. You can read more about this program here: http://bit.ly/2AnpIrx.


Calvin Coolidge Scholarship! Attention High School Juniors! Applications open! The Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study. This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the U.S.http://bit.ly/2NXjlid. You can also learn more about college scholarships on our page - http://bit.ly/2O5deJ2. 


National Association of Urban Debate League Nomination for the US Presidential Scholars Award (November 19th)

Attention Graduating Seniors!!! National Urban Debate League Nomination for the US Presidential Scholars Award is now open! Applications due November 19th! Check out our NAUDL student opportunities for more information! https://www.debate.nyc/student-opportunities

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