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Introducing Students to Congressional Debate
Teach students all about Congress using our Start Here lesson plan collection! Use the lessons 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.
National Tournament Updates
The complete Sunday schedule is now available! Check out times for registration, coaches' caucuses, judge trainings, events for new coaches, and more to help you plan your day. Have other questions about the week? Check out the following:
How to Register for Nationals on Tabroom.com
Join us Wednesday, March 29 at 5:00 p.m. CT as Tabroom.com super-users Martin Glendinning and Zachary Prax go through the steps of completing high school National Tournament registration on Tabroom.com. Can't make the live session? A recording will be available on the Nationals page.
Tabroom Tip: Speech Doc Sharing in Debate Rounds
Tabroom.com allows users to share speech docs during rounds without sharing personal email addresses. This feature protects privacy while enabling communication. Tournament administrators can enable this feature in the settings of their tournament. Learn more »
Share Your Plans for Next Year
Are you retiring? Leaving coaching? Changing schools? If you're making a change next year, please share the details so we can continue to support the program by advocating for or onboarding your replacement.
Register for the Final Springboard Scrimmages
of the School Year
There are only two more opportunities for your students to compete in the free, after-school Springboard Series scrimmages—today, March 14 and next Tuesday, March 21. Registration for both closes at noon CT the day of the event. These events are free and membership is not required; however, NSDA members do earn points when they compete. Register your students »
Build Loyalty, Celebrate an Administrator
If your admin is a supporter of your program, nominate them for recognition! All nominees from middle school programs submitted by May 1 are entered into the running for national Middle School Administrator of the Year. At the high school level, each district will select a nominee from their pool as their winner to be entered into the running for national High School Administrator of the Year. District deadlines vary, but reporting forms are due April 16.
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