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January 23, 2017  |  A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Coach,
Check out a new speech tool, your chance to win a free Resource Package, and all new resources below! 
WHAT'S HAPPENING
Free Resource Package Opportunity » Are you enjoying your Resource Package? Do you think it could do more? Let us know by taking our Resource Package Survey. Answer a few questions for the chance to get your package for the 2017-2018 school year FREE!
I'll Give Feedback
Words Matter » Throughout the 2016 election cycle, we shared a number of resources from our Voices of the Future program. We will continue to update the Voices of the Future page with new resources encouraging students to use speech and debate skills inside and outside the classroom to get involved in our democratic society. Please email steve.schappaugh@speechanddebate.org if you have suggestions of pertinent topics or resources to share.
New Speech Training App » Practice speeches just got a whole lot easier. The NSDA has partnered with Say It Media, Inc. to provide a speech and debate perspective and create topics for their speech training app, LikeSo! LikeSo helps you train against verbal habits and practice speaking articulately, confidently, and without all of those “likes,” “sos," and other filler words. The app calculates an Articulate Score grade (A+ thru Uh Oh!) based on the percentage of non-filler words over total words spoken and your pace. LikeSo is available in the App Store for just $0.99. Give it a try and then use this survey to let us know what you think! Your suggestions on how to make the app more successful in a squad or classroom environment will go straight to the developers for consideration as part of the next version. 
Earn Up to $1,700 » Need help with fundraising? Give Big Questions a try! These debates can be held with your own team or with other students in your area. They can even take place in your classroom! You can earn up to $1,700 to help cover fees for your state tournament, buying new supplies, or getting to the National Tournament. Email lauren.burdt@speechanddebate.org to see how much your team could earn! 
WEBINAR SPOTLIGHT
February PF Topic Webinar » Join us Tuesday, January 24 at 5:00 p.m. CT as Dr. Kip McKee breaks down the upcoming PF topic, Resolved: The United States should lift its embargo against Cuba. Click here to participate! 
New Coach Webinar » Director of Community Engagement, Steve Schappaugh, and Membership Manager, Deano Pape, will host a new coach webinar on Thursday, January 26 at 7:00 p.m. CT. Learn more about the honor society and get answers to all of your questions by hopping on here
ACCESS YOUR RESOURCES
Lincoln-Douglas » Check out the free recording of the Lincoln-Douglas January/February Webinar, where Lee Rowland, ACLU Free Speech Attorney, discusses the topic and answers questions! No login information is required to access this recording, so feel free to share it with others!  
Public Forum » Members can log in to view the February Topic Analysis on the topic, Resolved: The United States should lift its embargo against Cuba. You can also view recordings of the John Edie Holiday Tournament Round Robin finals and semifinals. Be sure to check out the new Teacher in a Box Public Forum Lesson Plans for new ways to bring PF to the classroom!
Policy » The latest Policy File Updates by experienced coach Sean Kennedy are available for Resource Package subscribers! Members can also login to view Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the Policy Kritik Readings.
Impromptu » Six new sets of Impromptu prompts are available for members!
World Schools Debate » Check out this demonstration video of the USA Debate Development Team competing last month!
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