2012 Championship Tournament

The MSPDP celebrates its 10th year in 2012 with the largest and most rigorous competition of its kind in the world. Join us at Claremont McKenna College on April 21. Read eligibility guidelines and the schedule by clicking here.

Summer Programming information now available

This summer, Claremont will offer multiple sessions for middle school and high school debate education. These are the only MSPDP-authorized summer programs and the only programs that include MSPDP co-directors Kate Shuster and John Meany on the faculty. Apply now, or get more information online by clicking here.

JOIN the MSPDP and the Public Debate Program for 2012-2013

The Public Debate Program (PDP), parent program of the Middle School Public Debate Program (MSPDP) and the High School Public Debate Program (HSPDP), is now accepting memberships for the 2012-2013 school year. Read about our membership structure and download membership and dues forms here.

Call for Schools: New York, New Jersey and New Orleans

The MSPDP is expanding existing leagues in New York, New Jersey and New Orleans. Leagues are open to all public and private schools. For more information contact Kate Shuster (kate.shuster[at]

Assessment Rubric

In 2008, we made program-wide switch to our new rubric for assigning individual points in competitive debates. Read all about the rubric here and download a copy here.

Call for Schools: California

Due to substantial demand, the MSPDP is expanding existing leagues and creating new leagues all over California. In particular, schools from the Bay Area, Coachella Valley, Inland Empire, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, or Stockton are invited to join the program for 2010-2011. Interested schools should contact John Meany ( or Kate Shuster (

Order Form for DVD Resources

The MSPDP has five sample debates currently available online. It's easier than ever to order these debates for viewing in class or club meetings - just download our new order form.

Be a Better Debate Judge: Visit Our New Online Ballot-Writing Manual

All debate judges work hard to give students good feedback and maximize learning. Although all MSPDP judges reveal decisions and provide substantial feedback at tournaments, judges must also fill out a ballot to help students and their coaches remember what happened in particular debates, and learn more about how to debate. We've put up a new dynamic page to help judges learn to write better ballots. Visit the page

MSPDP Teachers' Guide Available for Download

All of the MSPDP "Starter" materials for teachers are now available in one place for easy download by teachers, parents, and administrators. This color booklet includes advice for organizing a team, complete instruction in the MSPDP format, information about topic selection, and advice about teaching basic debating skills. The guide is aligned to accompany the official MSPDP textbook, Speak Out! Debate and Public Speaking in the Middle Grades (available on, and accompanies orders for our sample debate on DVD or VHS. The guide is available in our "Resources" section, or by clicking here.


  • MSPDP Tabulation Software is available for free on this website. To get the software and manual, click here.

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