Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 5, 2019
Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 5, 2019

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest news from our community below!

Take the Course: Introduction to NSDA Coaching

Learn the ins and outs of coaching in our new Intro to NSDA Coaching course! This course is hosted on our new platform, NSDA Learn, where you can enroll in courses and complete them at your leisure. Intro to NSDA Coaching covers many of the basics of NSDA membership and answers the following questions:  
  • What are NSDA merit points?
  • What can I do to start the season well?
  • How do I learn more about NSDA points, events, and rules?
  • What is Nationals and how do students qualify?
  • What are other forms of recognition through the NSDA?
All coaches who complete the course by the end of 2019 will receive one free student membership! Upon completion of the course, please email a copy of your certificate to Lauren McCool along with any feedback on the course, and we'll apply the credit to your account. Log in to your account and click Enroll Now to begin!  

Recognition Rundown

Celebrate Star Educators » The National Educator of the Year award honors an individual who has enhanced the quality of education in the field of speech and debate. Among other qualifications, nominees must be active classroom teachers in the field of speech and/or debate. If there is a coach and classroom teacher in your district who goes above and beyond in their contributions in and out of the classroom, consider nominating them for the award! Start a nomination »
Recognize Academic Excellence » From more than 140,000 high school student members of the National Speech & Debate Association, fewer than 2% of students earn the 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 as AAA? on your Student Roster. Start a nomination » 

Access New Congress Legislation

The November Congress legislation is now available. Students can prepare with a Bill to Establish Mental Health Programs in Schools, a Bill to Pass the 2019 Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act, and more! 

Submit Rule Change Suggestions 

You can submit suggestions for any rule additions, deletions, or changes to the Rules Revision and Evaluation Committee by completing the Proposed Rule Change Submission Form.

Fundraise for Speech and Debate

Support speech and debate teams across the country by running a Facebook birthday fundraiser! Donations will be matched up to $10,000 and will go toward the Tate Fund, which helps schools and students attending the National Speech & Debate Tournament for the first time, as well as schools with demonstrated financial need. Start your fundraiser today!

Event Spotlight: Duo Interpretation

In Duo Interpretation, two competitors team up to deliver a ten-minute performance of a published play or story. Competitors convey emotion and environment through a variety of performance techniques focusing on the interactions between the characters. No props or costumes are used. Performances can also include an introduction written by the students to contextualize the performance and state the title and the author.
What's unique about Duo? The biggest component of an effective Duo is the relationship between the two characters. The event uses off-stage focus. 

American Legion Oratorical Contest

The American Legion Oratorical Contest presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that develops deeper knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship. Competition progresses through local community, regional, and state levels, culminating in a national contest every April in Indianapolis where American Legion Oratorical winners certified from each state vie for the top championship title and an $20,000 scholarship. Each certified state winner participating in the national contest receives a $1,500 scholarship, with those advancing to the second round receiving an additional $1,500 scholarship. For more information about The American Legion Oratorical Contest in your state, click here
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