This academic year, Dr. Briana Mezuk will be researching the impact of debate on student achievement and growth. She will be analyzing growth in a broad spectrum of areas: academic achievement, assessments, school engagement and social-emotional skills including resilience, self-efficacy, and social connectedness.

That research will analyze data from multiple sources, including student surveys and observation. Dr. Mezuk and Greg Ekey, from the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues, will be convening 35-minute in-person meetings for all coaches of the Chicago Debate League in order to describe the goals, processes, and scope of the research, and to explain the measures taken to ensure the privacy and confidentiality of all participants. These meetings will be offered as at-tournament PD and coaches will get 1 hour of PD toward their 10 hour PD incentive of $100 for the fall semester.

Half of the session will be a presentation and the other half will be devoted to questions from the community.