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Thurgood Marshall Oratorical Debate 
Education Project
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Our focus remains the same to the Greater Cleveland Area students, schools, and community partners.  Thurgood Marshall Oratorical Debate (TMOD) Education Project will develop a generation of 21st century of leaders by developing the research, analysis, communication and literacy skills of middle school and high school students that will certainly be used in the workforce and lifelong learning. 

“Certain people have a way of saying things that shake us at the core. Even when the words do not seem harsh or offensive, the impact is shattering. What we could be experiencing is the intent behind the words. When we intend to do good, we do. When we intend to do harm, it happens. What each of us must come to realize is that our intent always comes through. We cannot sugarcoat the feelings in our heart of hearts. The emotion is the energy that motivates. We cannot ignore what we really want to create. We should be honest and do it the way we feel it. What we owe to ourselves and everyone around is to examine the reasons of our true intent.

My intent will be evident in the results.”
Thurgood Marshall (1908-1993)
Justice of US Supreme Court

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Our focus remains the same to the Greater Cleveland Area students, schools and community partners.  Thurgood Marshall Oratorical Debate (TMOD) Education Project will develop a generation of 21st century of leaders by developing the research, analysis, communication and literacy skills of middle school and high school students that will certainly be used in the workforce and lifelong learning.

 

 In November 2016, a robust committee was developed to develop an urban debate competition. Two significant partnerships were formed with Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus, and North Coast District of Ohio - National Speech and Debate Association. Over the next 10 months TMOD competition was formed. Our second year we saw the need for additional literacy programming in the community and created TMOD Education Project to focus on Debating, Oratorical, Instructional, mentoring and Student Forums.

 
•    FEBRUARY ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY TMOD STUDENT FORUM
•    TMOD – UNIVERSITY HEALTH SCHOLAR INSTRUCTIONAL INITIATIVE 
•    SEPTEMBER ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL DEBATE COMPETITION   
•    JANUARY ANNUAL DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. ORATORICAL PROGRAM 
•    TMOD – SQUIRE PATTON BOGGS LAW FIRM HIGH SCHOOL MENTORING PROJECT
•    TMOD – LITERACY BOOK CLUB HIGH SCHOOL GENTLEMEN INITIATIVE 

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TMOD Outcomes.

STUDENTS Offers communication skills, critical thinking skills, research development, team building skills, discipline, and leadership.


SCHOOLS Competition facilitate meaningful relationships with students, teachers, staff, administrators, families, and agencies within their communities. 


LEARNING ENVIRONMENT Teachers, students, and parents consistently report positive experiences while participating in the TMOD competition.


COMMUNITY Program is aligned with best practices in community-based youth development and enrichment.


TMOD Is the only urban debate competition within the Greater Cleveland Area.

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