Team Tools, News, and Your Intro Guide to Spoken Word Poetry
Team Tools, News, and Your Intro Guide to Spoken Word Poetry

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Critial Classroom Conversations

Issues concerning social justice are more than just topics for speeches or debate rounds. They affect students, teachers, families, and communities daily. Thank you for holding these courageous conversations. We’ve updated our free Critical Classroom Conversation page with resources addressing the recent surge of Anti-Asian hate and violence. 

Getting Started with New Supplemental Events

This year, students can choose to compete in two new supplemental events at Nationals, Original Spoken Word Poetry and the Pro Con Challenge. This guide to getting started with Spoken Word is a helpful tool as students explore ways they might express their thoughts and experiences through poetry. You can also get a first look at ballots in both the Pro Con Challenge and Spoken Word to preview how students will be evaluated.
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Recognize Academic Excellence

Fewer than 2% of students earn the prestigious Academic All American award every year. This award recognizes high school students for academic and competitive success. Students who meet the points requirement are marked with a yellow box that says AAA? on your Student Roster. Nominate eligible students today!

Financial Support: Apply on Behalf of Your Team 

We've pledged to give $100,000 in financial assistance to teams and students to create a more equitable experience at the 2021 National Tournament. If your team needs to purchase technology, pay for internet access, rent appropriate competition space, or acquire other resources that will allow students to compete online, apply for the William Woods Tate, Jr., Memorial Fund
We've put together a three question Competitor Resource Assessment you can use independently to evaluate potential challenges your students have and ways that the Tate fund may be able to support them. We will award the first round of grants around May 1, so please apply early as we anticipate funding will go quickly. 

Build Loyalty: Celebrate an Administrator!

If your admin is a supporter of your program, nominate them for recognition! All nominees from middle school programs submitted by May 1 are entered into the running for national Middle School Administrator of the Year. At the high school level, each district will select a nominee from their pool as their winner to be entered into the running for national High School Administrator of the Year. District deadlines vary, but reporting forms are due April 16.

Weigh In: Novice Policy Case Limits

Member students and one chapter advisor per active school can vote for novice case limits for the 2021-2022 Policy topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its protection of water resources in the United States. Follow the ballot instructions to rank the ten possible cases by tomorrow, March 24 at 4:00 p.m. CT.

High School National Congress Legislation Due April 1 

Legislation for the 2021 National Congress can be submitted by your district chair before or after your district tournament is completed in Each district can submit one or two items of legislation, preferably one bill and one resolution. Legislation must be formatted using NSDA Templates. If you have legislation to submit, please contact your district chair! 

Inclusive Tournament Checklist

We strive to ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to make your tournaments safe, welcoming, and inclusive for all. Use this checklist as a starting point to measure your tournament's inclusion efforts or plan for the future! Looking for more resources like this? Head to our Diversity and Inclusion page.
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Using Tabroom's Online Tournament Features

Join experts Ameena Amdahl-Mason and Greg Malis on Tuesday, March 30 at 6:30 p.m. CT to learn about using online tournament features in By the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to set up and run an online tournament on using a variety of different methods, including asynchronous rounds, NSDA Campus rooms, and synchronous rounds using an external service like Zoom or Classrooms.Cloud.

Completing Nationals Registration in

This webinar, led by experts Zachary Prax and Martin Glendinning, will cover how to register your qualifiers for the National Tournament using's online registration system. Attendees will be able to complete the registration process from start to finish, understand the new judge day obligation system, and learn how to assign judges the events and days they are available to judge at the National Tournament. Join us Monday, April 12 at 5:30 p.m. CT.
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