Boston Debate League

DI Classrooms™
Partner Schools

Our experienced team of Instructional Coaches provide professional development and 1:1 support to educators at our partner schools, across content areas and grade levels. With the support of our team, educators utilize the Debate-Inspired Classrooms™ instructional approach, creating classroom communities where students build argumentation skills; talk with, question, and collaborate with each other; and lead and learn from one another. These are essential skills that give students power and agency over their own education.

We offer two partnership models: The Debate-Inspired Classrooms™ schoolwide model is a three-year engagement designed to support the development of all teachers across all subjects in the school, and ultimately support the learning of every student in the school. In the cohort model, a cohort of 4-6 teachers in a school commits for two years to the work of debate-inspired practices in their classrooms. The BDL provides intensive one-on-one coaching for all teachers in the cohort. We also offer alumni schools the opportunity to stay engaged. See below for a list of our current partners.

Schoolwide Model
  • Boston Collaborative High School (Year 1)
  • Community Academy of Science & Health (Year 1)
Cohort Model
  • Burke High School
  • Henderson Inclusion Upper School (CZI Cohort)
  • Madison Park Technical & Vocational High School
Alumni Model
  • Margarita Muñiz Academy
Interested in getting your school involved? Contact us at:
Kelly Cody, Senior Volunteer Manager, joined BDL in 2021
Joshua Nixon, ASD and Resolved Program Manager, joined BDL in
Douglas Matute
Douglas Matute, Program Manager for Debate en Español, joined BDL in 2022
Ranner Faugas, Assistant Director of After-School Debate, joined BDL in
Roger Nix, Assistant Director of After School Debate, joined BDL in
Carlos Monteiro, Instructional Coach for DI Classrooms, joined BDL in
Sarah Mayper, Senior Instructional Coach for DI Classrooms, joined BDL in
Marisa Suescun, Director of Programs, joined BDL in 2013
Kimberly Bartlett-Ra, Director of Operations, joined BDL in
Kim Willingham, Executive Director of the Boston Debate League , joined BDL in
Jackney Prioly Joseph, Director of External Affairs, joined BDL in September 2020. Jackney leads our efforts to engage and partner with community and corporate organizations to create a community of support for our students. She previously served as Director of College and Career Readiness at the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education. She has diverse leadership experience in education, nonprofits, and city government where she served under Mayor Thomas M. Menino and former City Councilor, now Congresswoman, Ayanna Pressley. A Bryn Mawr and Posse Foundation alum identified for her extraordinary leadership, Jackney works to secure partnerships that will tap and sharpen the leadership skills of our program participants.