What is DebateAble?

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DebateAble is a unique debate program for kids that emphasizes the development of critical thinking, tolerance for differing viewpoints, confidence in public speaking, and the value of teamwork. 

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

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DebateAble students work together in teams of three, using researched Evidence Packets on varied topics to create arguments and refutations. Students learn to debate both sides of any topic, actively listening to the arguments of opposing teams, and realizing that there is more than one way of thinking about any single question.

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DebateAble has been teaching kids debate since 2012

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Fun, Kid-Friendly Topics

From current events to favorite cookies,  arguing any topic from both sides broadens perspectives & teaches empathy. 

Collaboration & Teamwork

Learn that the best teammates can lead & follow, support one another & value skills different from their own. 

Critical Thinking Skills

Practice logical, evidence-based argumentation,  deeper reasoning & the ability to anticipate & respond to counter arguments.

Persuasive Writing & Speaking

Enhance persuasive writing skills; improve written & spoken arguments.

Confidence Booster

Build confidence & self-esteem through public speaking, independent thinking & personal expression.

Meet our team 

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Elizabeth Kruse, Director & Founder 
As a former Assistant District Attorney in New York City for over a decade 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 empowering young people motivated her to take the position of Debate Program Manager for the nonprofit Successful Schools in Action. There, she ran the elementary debate program across multiple schools before launching 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! Today, DebateAble is bringing debate and the skills it teaches to children both nationally and internationally, in classrooms, after school clubs and online. 

When she's not running DebateAble, you may find Elizabeth spending time with her husband and two sons, in the kitchen cooking for family and friends, or anywhere in the world with a good book in hand.

Laura has been an active supporter of DebateAble since she started judging tournaments in 2018. That experience inspired her to move into a coaching role, leading DebateAble clubs in 2020 and 2021. In September 2021, Laura was hired as DebateAble's Program Manager where she oversees the onboarding of new clubs and organizations, manages registration and communicates with families to provide club information, meeting instructions and updates. Laura has a background in health communication, with a particular passion for early learning, and she looks forward to continuing to do the good, elevating work of helping kids learn to be passionate, thoughtful and respectful communicators.  

Laura lives in Bellingham, WA, with her cat, J.J., and spends her spare time reading, cooking, meditating, doing yoga, and volunteering with her local independent movie theater. She dreams of one day getting a dog and learning to kayak.
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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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