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Register: Meetup for After-School Coaches
Do you run an after-school speech and debate team? You're invited to our After-School Coaches Meetup! Join coaches of programs like yours for informal online connection and strategy sharing on Thursday, November 16 at 6:00 p.m. CT.
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Celebrate the Leading Chapter Schools!
Each year, the top high school chapter in accumulated members and degrees in each district receives the Leading Chapter Award. The winning school's total returns to zero and it begins a new record. Leading Chapter Awards will be shipped to district chairs to be awarded as part of the district tournament series and the coaches and administrators at winning schools will receive a letter of recognition. Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Leading Chapters!
Recognize Your Program's Unsung Heroes
The next issue of Rostrum will center on gratitude and celebrating unsung heroes who support speech and debate. This could mean parents, donors, administrators, custodial staff, or other behind-the-scenes supporters who go above and beyond in your area. If you have someone to celebrate, please complete this form by Monday, October 16.
Supplement Your After-School Practices with the Springboard Series
Our Springboard Series offers four free, online practice rounds per month. They take place after school at 6:00 p.m. CT with live judges and ballots. Thanks to the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation, all are welcome to participate, no NSDA membership required. These are ideal practice sessions for speech and debate students who want to build their confidence in competing while also receiving real feedback from judges across the nation. Learn more and register today »
Share the Load with Assistant Coaches
If you're running your program on your own and in need of support, our new NSDA Learn course can help you make the pitch for an assistant coach! Plus, it has tools to help with hiring and onboarding. Check out an excerpt, enroll today for free, or bookmark it to revisit ahead of the next budgeting season!
Course Excerpt: Make Comparisons to Other Activities » Do your best to collect information on the amount of time students and coaches in other activities at your school spend practicing and competing in other activities over the course of the year.
- How long are their seasons?
- How long are their competitions?
How many hours a week are coaches spending at practices?
- How large are their teams?
How many have assistants?
- What do those programs have in common and how does yours stack up?
You'll likely find your season is longer, your competitions are longer, and your practice schedule is just as intense as programs at your school with assistant coaches. There are two arguments to be made here: equity and work-life balance. We'll explore how to make the case for both.
Learn How You Can Best Support Hispanic and Latine Students
Join Dr. Darrel Wanzer-Serrano, Director of the Race & Ethnic Studies Institute and Associate Professor of Communication at Texas A&M University, as he introduces key concepts in Latina/o/x Studies, tailored for coaches who want to support their Latina/o/x students. Topics include terminology, history, and easy-to-implement suggestions to aid in recruitment, retention, and post-secondary placement of Latina/o/x students. Watch the webinar »
Recruit Students to Debate Big Questions
Need help recruiting students for Big Questions Debate? Our printable poster can help! Get your students excited about debating the topic, Resolved: Belief in the supernatural is incompatible with belief in science.
Thank you to all who took the NFHS survey regarding retaining and recruiting speech and debate coaches—more than 900 coaches participated!
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