Introducing Students to Congressional Debate
The latest installment in our Start Here lesson plan collection is Congress! Use the collection in full or borrow bits for your own instruction of middle school students or high school novices.
Sample » Lesson one uses this video to introduce students to the flow of a Congress round by explaining the role of the PO, authorship and sponsorship speeches, precedence, affirmative and negative speeches, questioning, and voting as the elements unfold on screen.
Use One Phrase to Drastically Increase Student Effort
"I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them." This phrase, known as "magical feedback," communicates belonging, establishes high standards, and shows students you believe in them. The combination has led to students being more likely to dedicate time to revision and to significantly improved performance. Try incorporating it into your practices! Read more »
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 All Americans
Each year, the top 25 student point earners in the country are named All Americans. This award is based on a combination of competitive and service points, of which up to 25% of the point total can include service. In order to qualify, a student must have competed at Nationals. Congratulations to the 2021-2022 All Americans!
$5,000 Team Grant Available This Fall – Apply by September 30
In order to ensure more students have access to speech and debate, the Keith West Memorial School Grant will provide one $5,000 grant and two $2,500 grants to schools that are ready to make a big impact but lack financial resources. Not sure if you should apply? We have five categories for evaluating each application: diversity, need, growth, initiative, and impact.
Fall Coaches’ Caucuses – Meeting Dates Available!
Belonging and Inclusion Station Info Sessions begin October 4!
We are excited to introduce the Belonging and Inclusion Station (BIS), a tournament resource designed to address violations of harassment and discrimination and provide a safe space for students, coaches, and judges to report these types of issues. Join Dr. Paul Porter, NSDA Director of DEI, for an info session on October 4 at 6:00 p.m. CT and learn how to implement a BIS at your next tournament.
Free Online Practice Opportunites for Your Students
Your team is invited to join fellow speech and debate students across the nation for a variety of free, after-school, online practice sessions through our Springboard Series. During our online scrimmages, we hold one session of Congress and one round of speech and debate. Then, students receive written feedback and ranks just like at a live tournament. A bonus: students who are NSDA members will earn tournament points for participating! There is no membership requirement to participate. This is an excellent opportunity for any team to practice their performance in front of a live audience pre-competition and receive essential feedback and experience to grow their confidence and performance. Check the full schedule; we have four events per month now through November. Register on Tabroom.com today.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
¡Feliz Mes de la Herencia Hispana! Join us in honoring all of the Hispanic and Latine students, coaches, alumni, and supporters who help make speech and debate possible.
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