The Duval Urban Debate League (DUDL) is a public-private partnership operated by our Advisory Board made up of a private group of civic and business leaders under the guidance of the Duval County Public Schools (DCPS).

Duval County School Board, then (2009-2011) under the direction of Mr. Lawrence Dennis, cluster chief of Turnaround middle schools, provided development funds for the pilot of Duval County’s first middle school debate league, the Duval Urban Debate League (DUDL). Seven local middle schools kicked off the year with rigorous training to compete in our first policy debate tournament. Jacksonville, Florida’s public school system finally joined the national movement that’s sweeping universities, high schools and now, middle schools.

Primary Goal – To introduce and measure innovative after-school parent and alumni engagement strategies that have proven literacy impact for student’s particularly in reading and math.

Vision – To leverage the power of critical thinking and argumentation as a platform to develop the “whole child”.

Aim – To reinforce teacher instruction and cultural aptitude through thought-provoking classroom discussion, positive self-conceptualization and strong parental involvement in throughout the debate learning process.

Our lesson plans are developed to appeal to a student or group of students diverse learning styles.


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