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In consultation with the BPS Academic Superintendent for High Schools and the leaders of our member schools, the BDL concluded that the most effective way to bring debate’s benefits to all students would be through a coordinated professional development program that trains teachers to employ debate as a pedagogical tool in their classrooms across all academic disciplines.
Graphic re: evolution of the name
Debate Across the Curriculum → Evidence Based Argumentation → Debate-Inspired Classrooms
The name reflects a holistic approach of teaching and learning in which students are engaged in critical discourse, collaboration, and argumentation
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Over the past decade, the BDL has partnered with 14 Boston Public Schools, more than 500 middle and high school teachers, and 7k students in multi-year collaborations dedicated to fostering classrooms centered in student agency, discourse, critical thinking, and collaboration.