April District Leader Newsletter
April District Leader Newsletter

Dear Leader,

Happy National Volunteer Week! Today and every day we're grateful for all you do as leaders on behalf of us and students across the country. Thank you for going above and beyond in your volunteerism! 
Supporting Programs with Coach Transitions » If you know a coach is departing from a school in your district, please fill out this form and we'll work to help keep the program going! 

Enter Your Award Winners into the National Pool by April 16! 

Chairs, please use this form to report your district's winners for Student of the Year, High School Coach of the Year, New Coach of the Year, Assistant Coach of the Year, and High School Administrator of the Year by Tuesday, April 16When you complete the form, they'll be officially entered into the running for the national-level awards!

District Leadership Election Information 

We are now in our second week of district leader elections. Voting closes April 19 and results will be communicated by May 3. All elected chairs will be asked to formally accept the role, express commitment to the NSDA's four core values, and complete online onboarding and professional development in the fall. This training will be available to all leaders as an interactive way to connect and learn from peers! If you have any questions about the process, results, or onboarding, please email Erik Dominguez at erik.dominguez@speechanddebate.org.

You're Invited! Please RSVP for the District Leader Luncheon

Join us at the 2019 District Leader Luncheon and Awards Ceremony during Sunday registration at the National Tournament! Please RSVP here by May 24
We hope you'll also consider nominating a peer for the District Leader Commendation Award by May 10! This award recognizes outstanding individual contributions while also raising awareness about the value of distributive leadership. Please note that district chairs are not eligible for this award. 

Recognize Your District's Qualifiers 

Help recognize your district's student qualifiers as they compete in Dallas! Committee members can submit district ads for the 2019 Tournament Book by Monday, April 15. Not sure where to start with your ad design? We can create it for you! Submit an ad or view pricing and dimensions

Help Provide Diverse Judge Pools at the National Tournament 

In order for late elimination round judge pools at the National Tournament to live up to the values of inclusion and diversity, we need your help! If you are highly qualified to judge and would enhance the diversity of our panels, consider completing a diversity profile and nominating yourself to judge late elimiation rounds on Tabroom.com by June 1. Please encourage the judges you bring to do the same! Instructions are available here

Help Build our Volunteer Base 

We aim to make NSDA committees, focus groups, and selection panels reflective of the complex demographics and broad experiences our community has to offer. If you or individuals in your district would be interested in serving our organization and would enhance the diversity of our committees, please complete this form for consideration. 

Mission Moment 

What you do as coaches and district leaders helps us build a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate. Check out a reminder from NSDA member Oliver Stern of how your work shapes the lives of students. On behalf of Oliver and thousands of students across the country, thank you! 
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