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Tomorrow: PF Topic Webinar with the State Department and NASA
Join us tomorrow, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. CT for a special virtual briefing by the U.S. State Department and NASA on the Artemis Accords and the U.S.-India bilateral relationship. The session is intended to help Public Forum debaters prepare for the March topic, Resolved: India should sign the Artemis Accords.
Time is Running Out: Nominate Students for the Leadership Council
Do you know students interested in influencing the future of the NSDA? Nominate them for the Student Leadership Council. The new Student Leadership Council (SLC) will be composed of current high school student members of the National Speech & Debate Association graduating in or after 2024. Members will provide feedback and recommendations throughout the year to ensure we are meeting students’ needs. Each district, country, or U.S. territory has the opportunity to nominate one member student for consideration. District deadlines vary; please check with your District Committee. Reporting forms from chairs are due Wednesday, March 1.
“The NSDA is unique. It is an organization for students, but decisions have been made for the longest time without students. Thankfully, with the advent of the Student Leadership Council, you—the student—are now at the forefront of the organization. Indeed, after hours of searching to find the perfect card, weeks of perfecting a scene in your Interp, months of writing and memorizing your Oratory, and years of learning the intricacies of your event, why shouldn’t you be the person crafting the future of your activity? After all, who knows more about the stressors, inequity, and deep-rooted problems of speech and debate than students?" – Arjun Banerjee, 2022 National Student of the Year
Free Printables for Classrooms or Hallways
The Road to Premier » When students join the NSDA, they embark down the road to Premier Distinction, the highest degree level in our Honor Society. Download a poster to highlight some of the stops they can make on their journey.
Code of Honor » Hang a visual reminder of the commitment students have made to character, personal accountability, and social responsibility.
Highlight Representation » All students should see themselves represented in the materials you use to market speech and debate and celebrate success. Explore our poster series for various celebratory months and print off a few, or use our template to create posters featuring your students! Want something bigger? You can order a set of full-size posters from the NSDA Store.
Need something else? We have some full-size welcome posters from years past. Email Director of Membership Annie Reisener with your school name and state and we'll send you a few.
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Join the Conversation and Attend Coaches' Caucuses This Spring
The NSDA Coaches' Caucuses exist to actively support coaches from underrepresented populations by creating safe and private spaces to articulate concerns facing coaches from traditionally marginalized communities. Connect with other coaches and explore best practices for supporting students and coaches in speech and debate! Sign up today »
Create a Student Leadership Program on Your Team
As spring approaches, it's a great time to lay the groundwork for any new initiatives you want to introduce to your team next year. Offering leadership opportunities on your team facilitates peer coaching and mentorship, positively influences team culture, fosters leadership qualities in students, and inspires the next generation of coaches. Plus, it can help you offload some coaching or admin responsibilities. Upon completion of our free NSDA Learn course, you will be able to:
- Build a student leadership model that fits your team.
- Attract, interview, select, and onboard student leaders.
- Train leaders to run practices and bootcamps independently.
Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students
Learn to intentionally recruit Black/African American students (and assistant coaches/judges), create solid guardian-coach connections, advocate for students, and build equitable relationships. Our NSDA Learn course Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students features distinct strategies for engaging and mentoring Black students as a Black coach and as a non-Black coach. Enroll today for free and take the course at your leisure.
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