ELEVATING CIVIC KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND DISPOSITION FOR FLORIDA'S STUDENTS.
The mission of the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative is to create access and opportunities for all students to have the best civics education including curriculum, debate programs, and high-quality teachers that are catalysts for students becoming great citizens who can preserve our constitutional republic for future generations.
JOIN US IN ORLANDO IN NOVEMBER
REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for the National Civics and Debate Championship (NCDC) in Orlando, Florida, on November 11-13, 2022. A showcase of "next level synthesis" of civics education and debate competition, the NCDC challenges students' civic knowledge, debate skills and endurance. Students compete over three days in different debate events.
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FCDI GROWTH AND EXPANSION
YOU'RE IN GOOD HANDS
In 2019, to implement the Governor's executive order, Commissioner Richard Corcoran, the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation recognized the success and potential of partnering with the Central Florida Debate Initiative to establish a statewide debate program that focused on civics education. The Florida Civics and Debate Initiative is the first of its kind to use debate specifically as a tool to enrich civics education and to have incredibly strong support from state leaders.
FCDI DAY AT THE CAP
In January, over 75 students from the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative visited Tallahassee, Florida for a day of advocacy and learning.
The 2021 NCDC
In November 2021, over 150 students from 26 Florida schools throughout the state descended on Orlando for the inaugural National Civics and Debate Championship (NCDC).