Jonathan McIntosh is Special Education Coordinator and Learning Specialist for KIPP AMP Academy in Brooklyn, New York. Since 2009, Jonathan has re-conceptualized the KIPP: AMP debate team into a fully integrated co-curricular activity, offering 50+ students free opportunities for competition, enhanced critical thinking, democratic deliberation, and foreign/domestic policy analysis. Additionally, Jonathan created a partnership with the argumentation class he teaches at New York University, to provide mentor ship opportunities for his students. Utilizing the common core as the basis of his uniquely designed argumentation curriculum, KIPP: AMP debaters have historically averaged over 2.5 years of reading growth per year, earning scholarships to the best boarding, specialized, and public high schools on the East Coast. The KIPP: AMP debate team was the first middle school team in New York State History to win both the 2013 New York State Debate Championships in both public forum & policy debate and will be attending the National Tournament in Alabama. Additionally, as special education coordinator Jonathan has worked to develop and innovate the KIPP: AMP special education delivery systems including the integration of blended learning, multimedia and computer technology and a full range of services to meet the diversity of needs of students' with exceptionalities. Serving as the primary coach for the learning specialist and student support services team, Jonathan has also worked on creating professional growth opportunities and spaces for collaboration to make sure students are getting the best instructional support possible. Jonathan aspires to design and open a 5-12 school that is founded on incorporating the concepts of deliberative democracy and political participation into the curriculum.