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October 23, 2018 - Weekly Coach Newsletter
October 23, 2018 - Weekly Coach Newsletter

Dear Coach,

This week, we share our new Annual Report, fundraising tips, and a free poster download! 

Free Resources for Safe Tournaments 

We're constantly striving to make speech and debate a more inclusive activity. You can download our free Pronoun Guide, Dress Code Template, and Best Practices for Gender Neutral Restrooms to help make your team and your tournaments a safe and welcoming space for all.
You also have access to helpful information in Gender Identity and Inclusion in Speech and Debate, a webinar from Crawford Leavoy, Director of Speech and Debate at Durham Academy and Moderator of the 2017 and 2018 NSDA LGBT+ Coaches' Caucus, and Kiran Sundar, student at Durham Academy. 

Read the 2017-2018 NSDA Annual Report

Check out our year in review! You can view membership statistics, stories from students, and more in our Annual Report
Apply to Present » We will accept proposals for the 2019 NSDA National Conference through November 2

Now Accepting Nominations for the State Educator of the Year Awards

We heard your requests for more time! Click here to learn more about requirements for the State Educator of the Year awards or to submit a nomination by the new deadline, November 2. Remember, each state recipient will be considered for the national award. Below, 2018 National Educator of the Year Mary Gormley shares her take on the importance of speech and debate in the classroom. 
"The world of speech and debate inside the brick and mortar classroom, and the classroom of the world, provides grit. It is a place where it is not only okay to fail, it is essential. It teaches children to be inquisitive, to be tolerant of opposing viewpoints, to be responsible for their rhetoric." 
 Do you know an educator like Mary who values speech and debate and goes above and beyond in the classroom? Nominate them today!   

The Road to Premier Distinction 

Premier Distinction is the highest degree level in our Honor Society. Every time students compete at a tournament or complete a service activity, they're earning points and moving up in degrees. The roadmap below outlines some of the possible stops they can make on their way to our highest level of distinction.
Want to hang this up in your classroom? Click the image below and download the file to print on 8.5x11" or 24x36" size paper! 

Raise Money for Your Team! 

Hundreds of speech and debate teams have raised $260,000+ using Edco! Our recent survey to NSDA coaches revealed that teams need to raise an average of $17,800 annually but have a hard time reaching that number. Edco works on its own or by complementing traditional fundraisers. Spend less than five minutes setting up your page, invite your teammates to join, and get started raising funds! More tips are available in Edco's fundraising guide
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