March 19, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter
March 19, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter

Dear Coach,

Below we share the latest news and resources from the speech and debate world. 

Resource Roundup

Congress Legislation » The March Congress docket is now available for members! Your students can prepare with bills covering conflicts of interest in the Executive Branch, statehood for the District of Columbia, and college access.
Script Database » If you're looking for script ideas or want to check if your student's script has been used in past National Tournament outrounds, we've got you covered! Resource Package subscribers can access our script database featuring more than 1,000 works at
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Celebrating Women's History Month 

We're sharing alumni testimonials for Women's History Month on our social media pages all month! Be sure to check out more notable alumni here or create posters to celebrate women from your own program with our free template
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Coach Transitions 

If you or a coach you know is departing from coaching, please fill out this form to give us more information. We'll work to help keep the program going! 

National Conference Session Spotlight 

We hope you can join us at the NSDA National Conference this August in Colorado Springs. Check out a session spotlight below and visit to register to attend or snag a virtual pass! 
Diving Further into Middle School Speech and Debate: Tools and Techniques for Coaching Younger Voices
Presenters: Debbie Simon, Retired, Hall of Fame Member, MA; Elisabeth F. Venetiou, The Pike School, MA
Middle school speech and debate is a worthy investment. Building on the concept that middle school speech (grades 6-8) coaching is a long-range goal with the aim to build excellent public speakers for life, this workshop explores techniques that work well with this age group. Through a series of hands-on activities for various interpretive and public address speech events, Debbie Simon and Lis Venetiou will work with participants in a workshop style to help them teach the core values of speech to younger audiences. This session will provide practical, usable tools as well as an opportunity for discussion regarding the elementary and middle school level speech and debate students.
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