From the Program Director's Desk

January 31, 2019

Over MLK weekend, the Washington Urban Debate League hosted the WUDL Winter Classic at Alice Deal Middle School. Despite dire warnings of snow and cancellations, we persevered and the weather was surprisingly pleasant (at least compared to expectations). 

This tournamen...

October 31, 2018

New teams debuting, lots of observers, more than 100 teams participating....what more can you ask for during an early season tournament? 

October 27th was the first "all team" tournament, as most of Prince George's County made their formal debut. This tournament had tre...

August 7, 2018

The 2018 Ornstein Summer Debate Institute was bigger, longer, and better than ever! More students (138) participated than ever before, even more than we were expecting, and did so for two weeks instead of one, a sign of growth and maturity of our summer program. The pr...

December 20, 2017

Debate is in some senses a contradiction, an activity that defies categorization. Students practice, compete in tournaments against other schools, represent their school, and get college scholarships for their success in ways usually reserved for sports teams, yet deba...

November 7, 2017

The WUDL competitive season continued at Greenbelt Middle School this past weekend, and was our largest tournament ever, featuring 265 students from 35 schools.

To put this season's rapid growth in perspective, 308 students attended at least one WUDL tournament in the 2...

October 17, 2017

240 students. 27 schools. 76 judges. A ridiculous (in a good way) number of parents, administrators, and other observers. 7 teams entered at least 7 teams, showing growth within schools. Its so easy to measure success by numbers and let them tell the story of an event...

August 17, 2017

The trophies have been handed out, the rooms cleaned up, and the students have gone home. The 3rd annual Matthew H Ornstein Washington Summer Debate Institute is in the books, and was a big success. Compared to previous institutes, there were several big changes:

--Host...

May 1, 2017

The last tournament of the year is in the books, and what a year it has been!

The WUDL has grown:

From 7 teams to 29 schools

From 126 students to 318 students

From 65 volunteers to 178 volunteers

The WUDL has flourished:

Qualified two excellent teams to Nationals

Traveled to...

March 18, 2017

The WUDL held their 7th tournament of the year at Wilson High School in NW D.C. This was the last chance for students to practice their skills before the Citi Foundation Urban Debate Regional Finals, hosted this year by Brookland Middle School on April 29th.

The results...

February 7, 2017

The core mission of the Washington Urban Debate League is to serve as an innovative vehicle to inspire students to learn and grow. Getting students to a few debates changes how they think, and puts them on the path to future success. 

Sometimes, that is working with new...