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Weekly Coach Newsletter - December 8, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - December 8, 2020

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Claim Your Toolkit: Celebrate Speech and Debate

Speech and debate's biggest day is on March 5, 2021! Make a plan to celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day and the life-changing skills you and thousands of other coaches have taught students through this activity. A parent, student, volunteer, or coach can sign up to be a captain for your school and receive our digital toolkit and free resources to help plan how your team will celebrate.

Read the Board Meeting Agenda

You can read the agenda for the NSDA Board of Directors meeting December 16-17 here. Please feel free to email any comments or questions to Feedback will be compiled and presented to the Board for consideration. 
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Expand Your Resume: Get Accredited

Professional accreditation demonstrates expertise to administrators and is a mark of your commitment to speech and debate. Our first level, Speech and Debate Coaching Endorsement, is the perfect stepping stone to expand and illustrate your skills. The accreditation requires the completion of several NFHS Learn and NSDA Learn courses on coaching, protecting students, and team management. Begin level one today and gear up for the second level of accreditation, coming soon!

Apply to Be a Course Co-Author

We are looking for a coach with experience engaging and mentoring students with disabilities in speech and debate to partner with a legal expert in the field of school law and special education on a new NSDA Learn course. Learn more or apply today

Finding Literature for Interp Events

If your students are looking for literature in the lead up to district tournament season, pass along this Rostrum article full of tips to help them as they get started with the search for their perfect piece. 

Nominate a Senior for Recognition

Each NSDA district has the opportunity to name a District Student of the Year. The award is presented to a graduating senior who best represents the tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor: integrity, respect, humility, leadership, and service. Nominees must also demonstrate strong academic credentials and a commitment to the speech and debate community. District deadlines vary, but winners must be selected and reported to the national office by district chairs by April 16, 2021.

Need Help Planning an Online Tournament? Get the Guide

We're excited to share our guide to online tournaments from the key people who brought you the 2020 online National Tournament! Build on the experience of our team of staff and volunteers as you develop your own plans. The guide includes: 
  • Tips for choosing your platform and making a schedule
  • Guide to offering and staffing an equity office
  • Ideas for livestreaming your finals or awards
  • Overview of tab staff duties and training
  • Policies for dealing with judge tech issues
  • Considerations for certificates or awards
  • Instructions for setting up asynchronous judging in
  • Advice for protecting participant security 
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