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NEW LESSONS: Teaching Middle School Public Forum
The latest addition to our Start Here series is Middle School Public Forum Debate! This set of twelve lessons spans 5+ weeks and features a mix of activities, videos, lectures, group work, and practice debates. Homework and assessment options are included. These lessons are classroom-ready. Just grab them and go! Like this? Check out the full series »
Scholarships for Debate Camp
The J.W. Patterson Foundation for Academic Excellence in Speech and Debate is offering need-based scholarships for summer camps in speech and debate. Scholarships range in amount and cover travel expenses, as well as tuition and/or room and board, depending on need. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2022. For more information, please email Elizabeth Patterson at Elizabeth@JWPattersonFoundation.org.
Register for Upcoming Coaches' Caucuses
Several coaches' caucuses will be meeting this winter starting with the Black/African American Coaches' Caucus this week. Register below or learn more about the caucuses and our caucus leaders! Please remember that participants should abide by the NSDA harassment and discrimination policy at all times.
Register for the Black/African American Coaches' Caucus tomorrow, February 16, at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Planning Online Award Ceremonies
If you're organizing an online tournament, check out our ideas for making awards as special as possible in this format.
Post Open Positions on the NSDA Job Board
Hiring an assistant coach? Leaving coaching and searching for a replacement? Anyone with an NSDA account can post a position on our job board for free, regardless of membership status!
Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students
Learn to intentionally recruit Black/African American students (and assistant coaches and judges!), create solid parent-coach connections, build an anti-racist team, advocate for students, build equitable relationships, and recognize race while coaching. Our NSDA Learn course Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students features distinct strategies for engaging and mentoring Black students as a Black coach and as a non-Black coach.
Be Part of Speech and Debate's Biggest Day
March 4 is National Speech and Debate Education Day! Held annually on the first Friday in March, NSDE Day recognizes teachers and students who are transforming tomorrow through speech and debate education. Teams across the country will join in the celebration, and we hope you'll be among them! A parent, student, volunteer, or coach can sign up to be captain for your school and receive our digital toolkit and free resources to help plan how your team will celebrate the life-changing skills millions of students have gained through this activity.
Use our Starter Kit to explore the fundamentals of Prose, including notes on event structure, cutting, working with a manuscript, and delivery, as well as advice from National Tournament finalists. This guide is appropriate for middle school and high school students but features time limits for middle school.
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