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Weekly Coach Newsletter - December 1, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - December 1, 2020

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Plan to Celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Thursday, December 3, is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities! Here are a few ways your team can celebrate! Brighten your school hallways or squad room with our poster collection featuring NSDA coaches and alumni. Or, if your students are thinking about scripts, our literature collection featuring stories by or about persons with disabilities is a great resource to share. 
We believe educators featuring topics, themes, and issues that impact an assortment of people and our society at large can create more informed global citizens and a space where students feel heard, welcomed, and encouraged to learn. Visit our Diversity and Inclusion page for specific competitive resources to diversify the subject matter at your tournament, classroom, or practice.
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Initiating Student-Led Recruitment

If you're looking to expand your team in the second semester, share this video on how current team members can recruit new students! To manage your workload, you can also encourage students to take on additional team leadership with peer coaching and practice ideas. Plus, check out more resources for online or in-person recruitment. 
Five Student-Led Recruitment Tips

Get the Textbook Guide to Public Forum and Congressional Debate

This textbook introduces students to both PF and Congress in turn and covers the fundamentals of argumentation, case writing, flowing, rebuttals, legislation, and more.  

Do You Know a Great Teacher?

The National Educator of the Year Award honors an active speech and/or debate classroom teacher for their enhancements to the quality of education in the field. If this sounds like someone you know, please nominate them for the award! Nominations are accepted from coaches, students, alumni, administrators, and parents. See FAQ for details.

Professional Development and Skill Building

If you're looking to fill some extra time over the holidays, consider building your resume with professional accreditation or diving deeper into coaching specific events or team management with free self-paced NSDA Learn courses. Topics include: 
  • Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students
  • Intro to Coaching: Congress
  • Intro to Coaching: DI & HI
  • Intro to NSDA Coaching
  • Intro to Coaching: Informative Speaking and Original Oratory
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College Scholarship Listings

Speech and debate skills can help with several aspects of transitioning to college, including writing a great application and demonstrating readiness for college-level work. If your students plan to continue speech and debate competition after high school, please share our database of available scholarships for college participation!

Nominate a Student for the Academic All American Award

Fewer than 2% of National Speech & Debate Association student members earn the Academic All American award every year. This honor is an indicator of a student's academic achievement and competitive success and is a great addition to their resume. If a student is eligible, you will see a yellow box with AAA? under the Awards column on your Student Roster. Learn more about the award requirements or start a nomination today!
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