Dear District Leader,

Happy New Year! We're looking forward to another wonderful year of speech and debate and we couldn't do it without you. Check out the latest news for district leaders below! 

New and Improved District Leader Toolkit 

Our District Leader Toolkit has all the leadership tools you need in one place! Pick up tips for running your committee (personnel, finance, communications, growth and promotion), prepping for and running your district tournament, and an overview of district recognition opportunities like the District Growth Award, Best Chair Communications, Nationals Participation Award, and more. Use the seven buttons on the page to navigate around! 


District Leader Toolkit
View the Unified Manual
View the Pilot Manual

Webinar: District Tournament Setup

Join Competition Manager Lauren Burdt, Membership Specialist Lisa Vossekuil, and Membership Services Coordinator Michael Stroud for a webinar on district tournament setup on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. CT. Bring your questions, they have the answers! 

Lend Your Talents—Author a Course! 

We are looking for authors for new courses over on NSDA Learn. If you or someone you know is interested, please reach out to Education and Recognition Coordinator Lauren McCool at
Seeking Authors. Intro to Coaching: Program Oral Interp. Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students. Intro to Coaching: DI & HI.

Join the Power of ONE Campaign

The NSDA is launching a “Power of ONE” membership drive as it seeks to grow the Association ONE member high school at a time. If just 1 out of 4 existing member schools recruits another school, the NSDA will surpass 4,000 member schools! Get ONE new member school to join the NSDA between now and February 14, 2020, and we will discount your 2020-21 school membership by 20% and enter your name into a drawing* to win amazing prizes! Learn more »

2020 Hall of Fame Nominations

The highest honor for any high school speech and debate coach is election to the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame. As a member coach, you can submit a Hall of Fame nomination by February 3, 2020, for consideration! 
In April, current Hall of Fame members and coaches with at least three diamonds vote to determine which nominees will be inducted.

Mission Moment 

What you do as coaches and district leaders helps us build a diverse community committed to empowering students through competitive speech and debate. Thank you for helping Alistair and 140,000 other students across the country uncover their confidence and find their voices. 
"Speech and debate gave me an outlet for my competitive spirit. Participating in it for four years, countless tournaments, going to state and nationals, really helped to sharpen my academic and speaking skills that I will use forever." Alistair Tollar Bethany Christian High School, IN - Class of 2019
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