Les LynnFOUNDER & CEO

Les Lynn is the founder and CEO of Argument-Centered Education, Inc. Les was the founding executive director of the Chicago Debate Commission and the founding executive director of the National Association for Urban Debate Leagues. He has worked with teachers across the country for 20+ years to train them to use debate and argumentation to improve academic outcomes.

Dr. Gerald GraffFOUNDING ADVISER AND CONSULTANT

Dr. Gerald Graff is a founding adviser and consultant to Argument-Centered Education. Gerald Graff is one of his generation’s most influential commentators on education, not only as a historian and theorist, but also through his wide impact on the classroom practice... 

Cathy BirkensteinFOUNDING ADVISER AND CONSULTANT

Dr. Cathy Birkenstein, also a founding adviser and consultant to Argument-Centered Education, is the co-author with Gerald Graff of the best-selling textbook, They Say/I Say, which also has a version with readings co-written with Graff and Russel Durst, and a version...

Yanelly VillegasPROJECT COORDINATOR

Yanelly Villegas, project coordinator, obtained her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Communication, from Northern Illinois University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Communication, also from NIU. Yanelly graduated from Kelvyn Park H.S. in Chicago Public...