DebateAble emphasizes the development of critical thinking skills, a tolerance for differing viewpoints, and instilling the value of teamwork. 


Elizabeth Kruse, Director & Founder 

As a practicing Assistant District Attorney in New York City for over 10 years trying homicides and other felony crimes, Elizabeth understands the value of a well-prepared argument. She continued to work in and out of the legal field after relocating to Seattle in 2002.

Her passion for education, civil discourse, and a wee bit of courage stuck with her as she began her work as the Debate Program Manager for Successful Schools in Action. There, she ran the elementary debate program across multiple schools before founding DebateAble in 2012. She developed the one-of-its-kind curriculum with input from college and high school debaters, debate coaches, educators - and kids, of course! 

When she's not running DebateAble or hosting tournaments for the Seattle Area After-School Debate Clubs, you will find Elizabeth spending time with her husband and two sons. Or in the kitchen cooking for family and friends. 

95% of parents surveyed say DebateAble Kids Debate Program met or exceeded their expectations.


“We love the activities. The tongue twisters, impromptu speeches and long and short quotes generated a lot of enthusiasm. I'm so excited to keep going.”

Club Leader & 6th Grade Teacher


“Great way to help kids understand there are at lease two sides to every issue. Helps them be more discerning and less ideological. ”

Parent, Seattle Debate Club


“Adding debate to curriculum is a good investment. It encourages kids to anticipate objections to their arguments. To weigh-in on both sides.”



Watch DebateAble in action.

We see the empowerment that comes when upper elementary students participate in debate. From public speaking to civil discourse to teamwork, and more. Your students can do this too.  See for yourself.

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