Education

The National Debate Project (NDP) works in the field of education reform, and its mission is to promote debate as a tool for empowering urban and rural youth living in America’s most socio-economically challenged communities. While the NDP serves as a consultant and advocate for other UDLs, the primary target population for NDP pilot programs and new initiatives has been Atlanta. Over its history, NDP programs have grown to include the Atlanta Urban Debate League, Emory National Debate Institute, Georgia Middle School Debate League, The Georgia State Debate Center, Computer Assisted Debate Project, College and High School Bridge Programs, and Debate Across the Curriculum. Atlanta continues to serve as the national model for urban debate innovation and programming. The NDP also supports a range of programs designed to connect different debate communities: secondary, intercollegiate, urban, suburban, and rural. Research and infrastructure planning are underway to develop rural outreach debate programs using distance learning, digital curriculum material, middle school league membership, and teacher training.