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March 13, 2018 | A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

Dear Coach, 

Don't miss conference highlights, a big resource release, reminders, and recognition opportunities below! 

Catch the Keynote

The second annual NSDA National Conference will be held July 28-31 in Phoenix, Arizona. The keynote speech at the conference will be given by LaToya Green. LaToya's engaging and humorous style captivates audiences and introduces listeners to tips and techniques that foster a stronger foundation of purpose. She believes that “inspired people, inspire people” and threads that idea through all of her presentations. 

Session Highlights + Leadership Track

We are excited to offer a range of conference sessions that support our theme of Radiant Voices: Empowerment through Speech and Debate. Plus, we're offering a leadership track, which is open to all coaches! Check out a few session highlights below or see more on our conference page
  • Finding the Honest Voice of the Character » In modern society with ever-changing identities, interpers need to bring to life the voices of characters without judgment and or appropriation. This session will examine the need to move beyond beginning level development that often results in stereotypical portrayals of characters and caricatures of race, disability, class, gender, and sexuality. 
  • Big Fish, No Pond: Teaching Debate in Isolated Regions » Whether you’re new to teaching or just new to a district, this session is for those rogue debate coaches operating in isolated regions and communities who want to connect students into the national Policy Debate circuit. 
  • A New Era of Advocacy: Our Engagement With Civil Discourse » Fake news, sponsored content, and alternative facts are three of the most notable barriers to achieving objective argumentation. This session will discuss these argument trends and offer suggestions for practical, new ways to advance critical thinking in the classroom to create effective and ethical advocates for society. 
Learn More

Do You Know an Incredible Coach? 

Nominate an outstanding coach for national recognition! We are now accepting nominations for both the High School Coach of the Year Award and the Middle School Coach of the Year Award. Be sure to review the criteria online and start gathering both letters of recommendation now, well ahead of the April 6 deadline! 

Resource Roundup

Extemp » Members can access a new set of Extemp Questions. Plus, if you have a Resource Package, your students can prep for competition with a new set of United States Extemp Questions and Resources and International Extemp Questions and Resources from Summit Debate
Public Forum Debate » The March Public Forum Topic Analysis from Summit Debate is available for download. 
World Schools Debate » Members can download the March World Schools Debate Sample Motions from the Global Debate Symposium.  
Congress » The March Congress Docket from Champion Briefs Institute is available for members. 

Deadlines and Reminders

Student Membership » Advisors, please take a few minutes today to register your students for a lifetime membership! Our honor society is a powerful mechanism for students to earn distinction among their peers for their commitment to speaking, debating, and interpreting literature.
Middle School Nationals » Registration is open for the Middle School National Tournament! Teams are permitted to enter four entries per event and list additional students for consideration on the wait list. Visit to register or learn more! 
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