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Weekly Coach Newsletter
Weekly Coach Newsletter
October 24, 2016  |  A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Coach,
Don't miss your chance to win our biggest prize yet, topic and resource updates, and new election info in this week's newsletter. 
WHAT'S HAPPENING 
Last Chance to Win! » We’ve almost reached the end of Member Appreciation Month but we have one last prize to give away. Follow us on social media and be on the lookout for your chance to win a free Team Resource Package for the 2016-2017 school year!
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Public Forum Topic Selection » Chapter advisors and member students can vote online to choose their favorite PF topic for the month of December. The TOPIC AREA is Federal Drug Policy. To log in and access the ballot, visit www.speechanddebate.org/topics. Voting ends October 31 at 4:00 p.m. CT.
Public Speaking Skills & Media Literacy Week » October 31 marks the beginning of Media Literacy Week, and we have a fun way for your team to get involved! In partnership with NAMLE, we are asking students to take the following pledge: "I pledge to think critically about the media I create and consume." Encourage your students to make a PSA including why they believe in thinking critically about the media and share it on YouTube with the tags #medialitwk and #sparkleaders. They can earn five service points for participating, and it's a great way to practice speaking skills! Questions? Email steve.schappaugh@speechanddebate.org.
ELECTION CORNER
Break the Election » We have an exciting new opportunity to involve your students in the 2016 election that combines critical thinking and technology! Using LAMP's Break the Election resource guide and free technology, students remix and critique political commercials, news coverage, and more. Approaching the media in this manner lets students examine misinformation and bias. Try this out with your team or in your classroom; it's a great way to involve students who aren't old enough to vote!  
Presidential Debate Polling Results » We conducted national polling of our membership during the final Presidential Debate. Participants responded to questions throughout the night and we tracked who was ahead, topic by topic. Thank you to the nearly 1,000 members of our community who shared their opinions with us! Here's a look at what respondents expected before the debate began. Want to see the final results? Click here!
RESOURCE ROUNDUP
Big Questions » We have fresh resources for all things Big Questions Debates related! Want to know more about Big Questions? Visit our page or email lauren.burdt@speechanddebate.org. Your team could earn up to $1,700 for hosting an event! Already planning a debate? Check out the resources below! 
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