Debate-Inspired Classrooms: An Approach to Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning

Join us for the 2021 Debate-Inspired Classrooms summer graduate class, Debate-Inspired Classrooms: An Approach to Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning. 

Through this virtual weeklong course, you will learn to use a variety of debate-like activities to foster student engagement. As part of an interdisciplinary mix of upper elementary to high school educators, you will step into the role of learner, debrief your experiences as educators, and collaborate in learning communities within and across content and disciplines. You will leave with concrete tools and strategies you can use immediately in your classroom, as well as deepened insights and reflections about your own practice. 

This course has been designed in response to the landscape in education and the world in which young people learn. We believe a debate-inspired classroom is an anti-racist classroom. Our pedagogical practices throughout the course will be informed by this belief. In anti-racist classrooms, students and teachers see themselves and their lived experiences as valued; experience classrooms in which they are free to be their full selves; act as both leaders and learners in the classroom community; and develop skills and agency to disrupt racism.

Come experience the joy of learning in a community where we value openness, collaboration, appreciation, and a thirst for continuous learning.

Course Dates: August 9-13
Location: Online (20 synchronous hours in two-hour blocks)
Credit Hours: 2 graduate credits, with intro and advanced tracks
  • NAUDL Partners: $200
  • BPS Partner School Educators: $200 for graduate credit; free for PDPs/no credit
  • BPS Non-Partner School Educators: $350 for graduate credit; $200 for PDPs/no credit
  • Non-BPS Educators: $800 for graduate credit; $650 for no credit

For more information, contact Kim Willingham at

*Cancellation/Refund Policy:
  • Cancellations received in writing on or before July 31, 2021, will receive a full refund. 
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations on or after August 1, 2021. You may send a non-registered person in your place or apply your fee to a future BDL event.