The Middle School Public Debate Program is the world's largest initiative for classroom and contest debating.

Specifically designed to meet the needs of students in the middle grades (ages 10-14), it serves more than 40,000 students per year in the United States and around the world. We are committed to sound pedagogy, rigorous practice, accessible materials and meaningful community service.

Please use the menu above to find resources for coaches and debaters, a bank of topics, information about joining or founding a league, updates, and contact information.


What's New?

This website is continually being updated. If you have questions about the program,
please email MSPDP Co-Director Kate Shuster: kate.shuster[at]