"I just wanted to say thank you for such a great, inspirational day! I took 16 pages of notes and learned so much! I can’t wait to get started with my students. It was a pleasure to meet all of you and I hope to return to your next PD." - Samantha F.


The New York City Urban Debate League hosts “DEBATE CON” several times a year on the Chancellor’s Professional Development Days. DEBATE CON is the city’s first education conference bringing together NYC debate educators, coaches and teachers. The event is free for all debate educators. The purpose of the conference is to help debate educators grow and learn from one another, share best practices, as well as build collegiality in the NYC and greater debate community. We will have tracks for all levels of debate instructors from beginners who have never coached debate to advanced instructors who have coached debate for decade/s. Sessions include Introduction to Debate, Parliamentary Debate, Policy Debate, Public Forum Debate, Public Speaking, Teaching a Debate Class, Coaches Roundtable, Debate Curriculum, Travel and National Circuit, Debate Team Management and Fundraising and will be led by master debate coaches and educators. Breakfast, lunch, snacks and refreshments are provided.


Additionally, we have a coaches and staff meeting afterwards for Happy Hour at our Office Location ("Coach Con").  Light Refreshments and Drinks on us as we meet together to discuss how to improve the debate league and improve debate education opportunities for our students, teachers, and schools. This event is invitation only to NYCUDL registered school coaches.


So join us for the next Debate Con by selecting an upcoming conference below!


Additionally, for educators who have completed a debate educators conference or other NYCUDL workshop, we have certificates of professional development completion if you need for personal or administrative purposes. Click here to complete our form submission for your certificate. A copy is emailed to you and the NYCUDL for record keeping purposes. Thanks again for participating in our professional development workshop! 


Debate Educators Conference Schedule

9:00am - Arrival & Breakfast (25 Broadway, 12th Floor)

9:15am - Welcome and Debate/Speech Game

9:30am - Keynote Speaker

10:00am-11:00am - Workshop #1

11:00am-12:00pm - Workshop #2

12:00pm-12:45pm - Lunch and Networking

12:45pm-1:00pm - Debate/Speech Game, Raffle

1:00pm-2:00pm - Workshop #3

2:00pm-3:00pm - Workshop #4

Sign Up for Upcoming Debate Educator Conferences

Click below to sign up for one of our upcoming debate educator conferences. 


Click here to sign up for our Fall 2019 Debate Con on November 5th 2019


Click here to sign up for our Spring 2020 Debate Conference on June 4th 2020


Archive of Debate Educator Conferences

Click below to view our agendas of previous Debate Educator Conferences: