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January District Leader Newsletter
January District Leader Newsletter
January 2018 | A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

Dear Leader,

Don't miss new conference details, recognition opportunities, and a chance to save time and money below. 

National Conference: Leadership Track

This year's National Conference will feature a leadership track! In the past, we’ve held leadership conferences every other year. Now, we’re combining it with our National Conference so you can enjoy keynotes and networking while still participating in leadership discussions. Join your fellow leaders in the community July 28-31 in Phoenix, Arizona. Visit to learn more or to register! Early bird pricing ends March 5

Save Time with NSDA Tournament Services

Does your tournament offer Extemp or Imromptu? We provide a number of top-notch tournament services designed to make your life as a tournament host easier while saving you money! 
Save yourself hours of generating Extemp questions, Impromptu prompts, or World Schools motions with our limited prep prompts for the cost of just one or two student entry fees! Learn more about our tournament services to reduce your stress and support speech and debate at the same time. And don't forget, we provide free Extemp questions for your District Tournament! 

Hall of Fame Nominations

Do you know an outstanding coach who belongs in the Hall of Fame? Individuals with 25 years of NSDA coach membership (e.g., a merit date of 1993 or earlier), or who are retired from coaching and teaching, are eligible for this prestigious award. Hall of Fame nominations are due February 2

Speech and Debate Day Leadership 

As a leader in our community, we need your help to make March 2, National Speech and Debate Education Day, bigger than ever! We know you are busy teaching and coaching, so this event is a great opportunity to involve your team, especially if your district tournament is taking place that weekend! Select a student or parent to be your NSDE Day Captain, and we will work with them directly to ensure NSDE Day is a success at your school! The level of participation is completely up to you and your team. All you have to do is:
  1. Fill out our sign up form and encourage coaches, students, and parents in your district to do the same.
  2. Promote the event in your school and community.  
  3. Share photos, stories, and social media posts on NSDE Day.
This year, every individual or team who signs up to celebrate NSDE Day will receive a toolkit with information, resources, and FREE swag! Learn more at

Recognize Student Achievement

Please encourage members of your district to nominate a graduating senior for consideration for your district's Student of the Year Award by completing this formChairs, when you report the  tournament results, you'll also tell us who received your award by April 16. That person will be added to the list of contenders for the 2018 William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year Award.
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