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Boston Debate League

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31 State Street, Floor 10 Boston MA 02109 USA


The Boston Debate League's mission is to measurably improve students’ academic achievement and their expectations of themselves by engaging as many BPS high school and middle school students as possible through academic debate.


At the conclusion of the 2011-2012 school year, over 600 BPS students had participated in our after-school programs, and we had trained over 300 BPS teachers to incorporate debate techniques into their classroom structure.

Target demographics:

High school and middle school students in the Boston Public Schools

Direct beneficiaries per year:


Geographic areas served:

Greater Boston area


The BDL offers both in-school and after-school programming. The After-School Debate League is the home of BPS' competitive debate teams, training students to compete against their peers at monthly tournaments. Our in-school programming features Evidence-Based Argumentation, a professional development program that trains teachers to use debate techniques as an engaging alternative to traditional classroom activities.

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