Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 10, 2019
Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 10, 2019

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest resources from our community below! If you're no longer coaching at your school and wish to stop receiving these emails, please ask the advisor to take you off the roster. 

Explore Literature Collections

Your students can prep for the new season with our literature collections for Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Pride Month! These collections are a great resource as students select new pieces for Interp events.

2018-2019 All American Award Winners

Each year, the top 25 student point earners in the country are named All Americans. The All American award is based on a combination of competitive and service points, of which no more than 25% of the point total can include service. In order to qualify, a student must have competed once at Nationals. Congratulations to the 2018-2019 All Americans
Have You Renewed? » Don't forget to renew your NSDA team membership from your Account page to retain access to speech and debate resources! 

Read the NSDA Board Meeting Agenda 

The NSDA Board of Directors will hold its next meeting on September 20. It's important to the Board that coaches are aware of both the governance and competition/rule issues that will be addressed. Additionally, they want to facilitate Board level access for members to ask questions and offer comments regarding these agenda items and/or other issues during the year. Please feel free to email any comments or questions to board@speechanddebate.org. Feedback will be compiled and presented to the Board for consideration. Meeting minutes will be published in the November/December issue of RostrumRead the agenda »

Access Teacher in a Box Lesson Plans

Teacher in a Box is a collection of lesson plans designed to help introduce students to debate. You can choose from three units, Public ForumPolicy, and Lincoln-Douglas, which each begin with an essential question and a set of objectives. There are links to webinars, handouts, and extended materials.

Download Impromptu Prompts

Impromptu is a public speaking event where students select a topic, brainstorm their ideas, outline, and deliver a speech from memory. Students can practice with a variety of Impromptu Prompts including quotations, single words/short phrases, people, and current event topics. Themed Impromptu prompts from our Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage Month collections are also available! 

Meet the 2019-2020 USA Debate Team

We're proud to announce the new members of the USA Debate Team! Twelve student members of the National Speech & Debate Association have been selected to represent the prestigious 2019-2020 USA Debate Team after completing a rigorous application process. In addition, 15 students have been selected to the USA Debate Development Team. This group of students will train and practice with USA Debate coaches and alumni to learn more about World Schools Debate. Learn more about the USA Debate Team »

Event Spotlight: Informative Speaking

In Informative Speaking, students deliver a self-written, ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. The speech is delivered from memory. An Informative is not simply an essay about the topic— it is a well researched and organized presentation with evidence, logic, and sometimes humor to convey a message. Given students may be doing Informative for the entirety of the school year, they will want to find a topic that they can keep fresh and engaging for extended periods of time and that is current and relatable to audience members. 
What's unique about Informative Speaking? It is the only event in which students write a speech designed to educate, not to advocate or persuade. Plus, it allows for visual aids!  

Save Time with Tournament Services 

For a low cost, you can outsource the writing of your tournament's Extemp Questions to our team. Plus, you can choose from thousands of trophies, medals, and plaques in our online store or work directly with us to create customized awards! 

New Coach Corner: What Can I Do with My NSDA Account?

Check out the Member Roles and Account Permissions Guide for a brief description of the three main roles on an NSDA speech and debate team: advisors, coaches, and students. Plus, we share what each group can see on their account dashboards based on their role and permissions.
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