Weekly Coach Newsletter - February 2, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - February 2, 2021

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Celebrate Black Excellence

February is Black History Month! We encourage you to mark the month by celebrating Black Excellence on your team or in our community and by making a plan for how you will intentionally recruit and mentor Black/African American students. Use the video below to showcase the successes of Black students across the country! 
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Start Here: Teaching Public Forum

Start Here: Teaching Public Forum

Have you ever wished you had a road map to help you teach a new event? We've consulted expert coaches to create the Start Here series (formerly Teacher in a Box) to act as your guide while navigating a new event. Our easy to follow lesson plans are backed up with ready-to-use resources and materials. The Public Forum series is ready to download today! Stay tuned for the release of Start Here: Teaching Lincoln-Douglas and Start Here: Teaching Policy, coming soon! 

Save the Date: Winter Caucus Meetings

In addition to the National Tournament coaches' caucuses and their Facebook groups, several caucuses will be meeting this month. Register below or learn more about the caucuses and our caucus leaders! Please remember that participants should abide by the NSDA harassment and discrimination policy at all times.
  • Register for the Asian American Coaches' Caucus on Tuesday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. CT. 
  • Register for the Black/African American Coaches' Caucus on Thursday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. CT, or join their Facebook group.
  • Register for the LGBTQ+ Coaches' Caucus on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. CT, or join their Facebook group
  • Register for the Persons with Disabilities Coaches' Caucus on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. CT. 
  • Register for the Womxn Coaches' Caucus on Sunday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m. CT.

Advanced LD Research Guide

Resource Package subscribers can download our new advanced research guide for the January/February LD topic, Resolved: States ought to ban lethal autonomous weapons.

Show Your Appreciation

Show your thanks to a coach, district leader, or administrator on National Speech and Debate Education Day with a Thank You Gram! Sign up here and we'll send a message on March 5 to whomever you choose, thanking them for their support in a tough year. 

Earn Funds for Your Team with Big Questions Debate!

In Big Questions, students debate topics at the intersection of science, religion, and philosophy.
The 2020-2021 topic is, Resolved: Mathematics was discovered, not invented. You can earn up to $2,500 for your team when you apply and are approved to host an event at a tournament or against members of your own team. Online events are eligible. Almost $1.5 million has been awarded to programs since 2016. Funding is limited, so apply today! Learn more about the format or apply at www.speechanddebate.org/big-questions.
Enter NSDA Points for Students! Reward Hard Work, Show Distinction, Motivate Your Team
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