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December 11, 2018 - Weekly Coach Newsletter
December 11, 2018 - Weekly Coach Newsletter

Dear Coach,

Check out what's new and noteworthy in our community below! 

All About Service Points 

Students and coaches can earn recognition for service through our Honor Society! Students can earn merit points through service as well as competition. Coaches are recognized for service with the Don Crabtree Distinguished Service Awards. This award is earned by coaches who perform service for the NSDA, such as hosting tournaments, serving on District Committees, volunteering at the National Tournament, or doing a variety of other eligible activities. Learn more in our Guide to Service Points

Adopt a Harassment and Discrimination Policy

To make tournaments a safe and inclusive environment for all, we encourage tournament hosts to adopt the NSDA approved Harassment and Discrimination Policy or post a similar policy approved by your school district. View the policy »
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Last Chance to Speak Up on Potential Changes to Public Forum! 

The CONNECT discussion board for the proposed Public Forum changes will close on December 31. At that time, your feedback will be sent to the Board for consideration. Make sure your voice is heard before then! To weigh in, click here and sign in or make a free account on CONNECT. 

Apply to Attend the 2019 Inclusion Workshop 

The 2019 NSDA Inclusion Workshop for coaches and educators is now open for applications! The workshop will take place August 7-8 in Colorado Springs, following the National Conference. The workshop is free for attendees and limited financial support for housing is available. 
Attendees will learn strategies for effective engagement in dialogue about racial diversity, inclusion, and achievement gaps in education. At the recommendation of our facilitators, space at the workshop is limited and the makeup of our attendees will reflect the demographics of our student membership. Visit www.speechanddebate.org/inclusion-workshop to learn more or apply to attend. 

Download New Extemp Practice Questions  

Don't miss the latest Extemp resources! Members can access ten new practice questions for both USX and IX. Resource Package subscribers can also download advanced questions and resources from Extemp Genie! The new IX set focuses on Saudi Arabia, Reform and Rights and the USX set focuses on Domestic Divide.
Don't have a Resource Package? Click here to learn more about what the package includes or to upgrade today. 

Streamline Student Point Entry with the Autoposting Feature 

The most efficient way to enter student points is with the autoposting feature. Points for tournaments hosted on Tabroom.com, Joy of Tournaments, or SpeechWire are available for autoposting within two weeks of the tournament date. Advisors and coaches with permissions can log in and confirm pending autoposted points rather than calculating them and entering them manually. For step-by-step instructions, visit our Account and Roster Management Guides and select How to Confirm Pending Autoposted Points. 
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