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7th Annual Camp Kick Starts School Year

JBDI GroupThis summer BAUDL’s Julia Burke Debate Institute (JBDI) helped prepare 116 young minds for the coming school year. As one student summed it up, “Debate camp changed my life.”

More students than ever before spent one week learning debate concepts from some of the best debaters in the country including NDT top speaker Rashid Campbell, and CEDA National Champion Ameena Ruffin. Varsity debater Francisco Villalpardo enthusiastically noted that he expects to win more debate rounds thanks to“amazing pieces of strategy and advice scattered throughout lectures.”

Read more about how it went here

Sending our Graduates off to College
Alumni Maria Ramos Congratulations to our graduating seniors who will be starting college this fall! Our new alumni are headed off to universities as far away as Brown and the University of Pennsylvania on the east coast, and as close to home as UC Berkeley. Out of the 42 seniors debating in the BAUDL last school year, 100% graduated. This is far above Oakland Unified School District’s graduation rate of 66.8%, and even higher than San Francisco’s 81.7%.
Learn more about why debate helps public high school students graduate and see the list of the universities they will attend.

BAUDL Hosts Its Largest Teacher Training in San Francisco
Teachers at our SF PDWhen students participate in debate, they are engaging in a style of learning that achieves a greater depth of engagement than most traditional teaching styles. Debate pedagogy approaches education in a way that reverses the typical classroom environment. It puts the student voice at the center of evidence-based argumentation while instructors do the listening. The methods used to teach students how to debate shouldn't be limited to after school practices. Exposing teachers to debate pedagogy provides them with new tools to successfully engage students in the classroom.
Read more about our Debate Pedagogy Initiative here.

 

 

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