Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 26, 2019
Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 26, 2019

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest news from our community below!

How to Earn Distinguished Service Awards

While students can earn service points for public speaking and leadership activities, coaches can earn citations for performing service for the Association. Activities include hosting tournaments, writing or presenting about the Association, recruiting a new chapter school, and more. When you earn 20 citations, you will receive a special gold key. Each time you earn 50 citations, you will receive a bronze plaque. Learn more »

Plan to Celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 

We're excited to announce the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on December 3 as the fourth installment in our diversity celebration series! In collaboration with members, we have created a new set of posters featuring NSDA coaches and alumni, a themed set of Extemp questions, and additional resources for tournaments and teams. Plus, check out a literature collection featuring stories by or about persons with disabilities. As your students think about scripts, this is a great resource to share! View the collection »   
Persons with Disabiliites Poster Series Persons with Disabilities Literature Collection
Check out our other collections for Black History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, and Pride Month and keep an eye out for more in 2020!  

Recognition Rundown: Last Chance for Educator of the Year! 

The National Educator of the Year award honors an individual who has enhanced the quality of education in the field of speech and debate. Among other qualifications, nominees must be active classroom teachers in the field of speech and/or debate. If there is a coach and classroom teacher in your district who goes above and beyond in their contributions in and out of the classroom, consider nominating them for the award by Monday, December 2! Start a nomination »
"Being honored by my peers in speech and debate validated my teaching practice and has given me a platform to advocate for speech and debate in my school district and in my state. Receiving this award has opened doors for me in my career."

- Margo Batha, 2019 NSDA Educator of the Year

Judge Training Resources

We've partnered with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to bring you Adjudicating Speech and Debate. This course  provides judging guidelines, identifies the different types of speech and debate events, and gives guidance on what to note during a performance. Check out additional judge training resources at www.speechanddebate.org/judge-training.
Spark Joy: Shop Speech And Debate Gifts

Submit Suggestions on the 2020 Public Forum Topic Area

The February topic area is Economy. Use this feedback form by December 1 to submit suggested changes to the starter resolutions, or to submit a new resolution under this topic area, together with an explanation and research links/citations demonstrating a robust debatable issue. Learn more »

Get Covered: Purchase Liability Insurance

We are excited to partner with the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) to offer liability insurance at a reduced rate. This coverage is available for coaches and teachers to purchase at a low cost of $14. Working with our partners at Dissinger Reed, the NFHS and the NSDA offer coverage for the following types of incidents:
  • Personal and advertising injury
  • Damage to premises rented to you
  • Premises medical payments
  • Sexual abuse and molestation
  • Participant legal liability
  • Crisis response
  • Various accidental medical
Advisors can purchase NFHS insurance today by logging in to visit the coach roster and selecting "Buy" for any coaches without a checkmark in the NFHS column.  

Event Spotlight: World Schools Debate

World Schools Debate features a dynamic three-on-three format and encourages debaters to focus on specified issues rather than debate theory or procedural arguments. This highly interactive style of debate allows debaters to engage each other, even during speeches. The challenging format requires good teamwork and in-depth quality argumentation.
What's unique about WSD? While a given team may consist of five members, only three students from a team participate in a given debate. Rounds alternate between prepared topics students know in advance and impromptu topics with limited preparation. 
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