• Civics Speech & Debate Team

    Tyrone Middle School, 2023


    Ms. Jacqueline Roberts, Civics Teacher/Team Sponsor

    Ivan Zou, President

    Taylor Hoagland, Vice President

    Ethan Dye, Secretary

    Alejandro Jerez, Treasurer


    Lorena Castellanos Boza, Christopher Gonzalez, Kim Nguyen, Hannah Cerkez, Taylor Parker, Jacob Johnston, Jevanae Mills, Kourtney Smith, Zyaira Smith


    For more information, contact Ms. Roberts at robertsja@pcsb.org.

  • Program Information

    The Florida Civics and Debate Initiative (FCDI) enhances civics education by:

    1. Developing competitive speech and debate teams in schools that do not have one.

    2. Providing professional development opportunities for debate coaches, civics teachers, and U.S. history teachers.


    We are funded by a $5 million grant from the Marcus Foundation. The 3-year grant started in 2020-2021 (Phase One). We are currently in Phase Three.


    Before the FCDI, only 11 Florida counties had competitive debate teams. We have established over 200 new teams in 45 school districts to date. We hope to have teams in all Florida school districts by the end of the 2022-2023 school year.