Successful CDL debate squads often establish Squad Objectives, to help plan, guide, and measure their success. We strongly encourage you to adapt this template, creating your own squad objectives, starting with the first meeting.
This great article on coaching confidence is recommended reading for coaches at all levels as they understand their role as coaches in an academic sport.
The Chicago Debate Commission provides thousands of dollars in performance incentives and additional compensation to CDL coaches. Because CDL debate coaches are such a crucial factor in achieving the academic and social benefits that competitive academic debate brings to Chicago Public School students, the CDC and its sponsors devote significant resources to rewarding high-performing debate coaches. For more information about the FY2018 Coach Incentive Forms, click here.
Coach Tax Information Form
All CDL coaches — district, charter, guest school — are required to submit aW9 to the Chicago Debate Commission each season in order to receive coach incentive payments and compensation for special tournaments.
DEBATER DEVELOPMENT BENCHMARKS AND QUALITATIVE ASSESSMENT PROJECT
The Qualitative Assessment Project (QAP) measures urban debaters’ understanding and performance of key elements of competitive academic debate, connecting urban debate more closely to academic learning objectives. The QAP assesses students’ performance against the Debater Development Benchmarks. Below are the assessment rubrics designated by experience level.
The Atlanta Urban Debate League has produced a demo debate on this year’s education topic. Please note that these speech times are far shorter than in a normal debate, but this should help you get an idea for the feel of a debate.
Paperless Debate Templates are an intuitive way for debaters to digitize the debating process. Templates also allow for an efficient way to cut cards and organize files on a computer for in-round access.
The National Debate Coaches Association released some amazing materials! These are extremely helpful for growing a beginning team, making interactive lessons for your students, and becoming more familiar with debate overall.
NDCA resources include:
Lessons and activities
Evidence on this year’s topic
Debate 101 is an instructional guide to everything you need to know about Policy Debate
Finding Your Voice, produced by the acclaimed Pittsburgh University Debate Union, is an excellent policy debate textbook, one that combines the fundamentals with currency and a high degree of practical usability.
The Bay Area Urban Debate League produced a textbook in 2010 – still relevant, other than topic discussion.
Finally, Lane Tech debate coach and alum Nick Locke and Thomas Kelly debate alum John Connor have partnered on a debate education website called Debate Academy – here’s a link to a lesson about evidence.