This folder contains resources curated by the program staff at Chicago Debates. It has topic-specific resources and an activity bank!
Teach Debate Curriculum Site
The Teach Debate curriculum site in collaboration with NAUDL. NAUDL has revamped the site, and coaches need to re-register for access to Teach Debate.
Chicago Debates Core Files
Our evidence for the year that students will read and use during each debate and at each debate tournament can be found in our Core Files page.
Check out our Program staff’s demo debate on last year’s criminal justice reform topic. We used Middle School speech times, so this is short for high schoolers but this should help you get an idea for the feel of a debate. We also have a debrief video that helps students review the debate they just watched!
For more advanced high school debaters, who want to do research outside the core files there are 2 main resources to get started. The first is the Open Evidence program by the National Debate Coaches Association (NDCA). This resource has the files from summer debate camps across the country. The second is the NDCA Policy Debate Wiki where schools across the country post their arguments and evidence.
ADMINISTRATIVE RESOURCES – TO BE UPDATED
Coach Stipend Allocation System: District Schools
CDL Coach Stipend Allocation System explains the amount and timing of coach stipend loading into payroll for district high school coaches funded by CPS central office.
Coach Tax Information Form
All Chicago Debates coaches — district, charter, guest school — are required to submit a W9 to Chicago Debates each season in order to receive coach incentive payments and compensation for special tournaments.
Please complete the W9 and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org so you are eligible to receive payments.
RULES AND GUIDELINES
High School Guidelines
OTHER INSTRUCTIONAL RESOURCES
You can print out copies of the High School Flow Sheet & Middle School Flow Sheet for tournaments or for practices where you’re having students practice their flowing/note-taking.
Paperless Debate Resources
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.
Emory University Debate Camp has a lecture on Paperless Debating.
The software used for paperless debate, called Verbatim, can be found here.