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.
THE GREAT DEBATE: THIS NOVEMBER
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. The 2023 National Civics and Debate Championship: The Great Debate took place November 10-12, 2023 in Orlando, Florida.
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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.
2023 FCDI DAY AT THE CAPITOL
In April, more than 40 students from the Florida Civics and Debate Initiative visited Tallahassee, Florida for a day of advocacy and learning.
The 2023 GREAT DEBATE
In November 2023, over 400 students from 60 Florida schools and 7 states descended on Orlando for the inaugural National Civics and Debate Championship (NCDC).