The Rural Debate Initiative is a one-stop solution for all debate-related resources, from virtual coaching, to curriculum materials, and to lesson impact measurement. We provide everything a school needs to build a successful debate program, while working closely with each school on your schedule to achieve important learning and development goals. We serve schools with grades 7-12.
Why Partner with RuDI?
We are here to simplify the often costly and complicated process of starting and maintaining a competitive debate program. In addition to the cost of hiring coaches and purchasing materials, competing at 1 major debate tournament for 1 team could mean:
2 * $150 (2 hotel rooms for 2 nights, one for the team one for the coach)
$100 (travel cost for 3)
$75 (tournament entry fee)
$400 (payment for coaches for 3 days of work) + 3 * $100 (meal for 3 for 3 days)
= $1,175 for one in-state tournament within driving distance
It doesn't have to be this way.
Partnering with RuDI gives you the opportunity to develop and sustain a debate program with:
No fees for teachers or students to participate
Limited time commitment from high school teachers to support the coaching sessions
Easy access to coaches and quality training materials
No cost to participate in tournaments
Flexible and professional support every step along the way