The English-Speaking Union of the United States invites teachers of students in Grades 5-8 to attend Teaching Debate and Argumentation on Nov. 30. The workshop will take place at Stone Bridge Middle School in Allentown, New Jersey.

Debate is a cornerstone of 21st-century literacy. It requires research, analysis, reasoning and evidence. It actively engages young adolescents in critical and complex thinking about both historical and current events.

During the workshop, educators learn how to teach argumentation and refutation, the foundations of debate and skills equally applicable to writing. Workshop leaders include Carol Losos, the director of Education at The English-Speaking Union; Dee Burek, a teacher at Stone Bridge Middle School and president of the Garden State Debate League; and Martin Tansey, a teacher at Barkalow Middle School and president of the Jersey Shore Debate League.

The cost is $25 to attend this one-day workshop. Six hours of professional development credit is given at the end of the day. For information, contact Carol Losos at 212-818-1200 or closos@esuus.org. You may register at bit.ly/esudebate. The registration deadline is Nov. 19.

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