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Weekly Coach Newsletter
Weekly Coach Newsletter
January 9, 2017  |  A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Coach,
Happy New Year! We resolve to keep you and your program healthy this year. Check out how we’re kicking off 2017 plus the latest resource updates below.   
MLK Day Activities » Looking for ways to acknowledge Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in your classroom? We’ve put together a collection of activities and rubrics to make your life easier. Check them out in the MLK Day section of our Voices of the Future page.
Scholarships for Your Students » Spread the word about our scholarship listings! Go to for a list of colleges and universities that offer opportunities for speech and debate students to make higher education more affordable.
Lincoln-Douglas Topic Preparation Webinar » We have partnered with the Bill of Rights Institute to create free debate preparation webinars! Join us Wednesday, January 11 at 6:00 p.m. CT for a discussion of the Lincoln-Douglas resolution, “Resolved: Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech.” A nationally recognized expert will present information relevant to the resolution, and then take questions from students live. Sign up here.
National Tournament Update » Are you ready for a sneak peek at #Nats17? Check out our website for early details including tentative schedule, site plan, logistics, and more. We look forward to hosting everyone in The Magic City!
Call for Hall of Fame Nominations » Coaches with 25 years of NSDA membership, or who are retired from coaching and teaching, are eligible for this prestigious award. Nominate a deserving coach before February 2
Educator of the Year » Time is running out to nominate a worthy educator for the inaugural Educator of the Year Award! The recipient of this national-level award will earn free registration for the education conference and be invited to deliver a speech for attendees. Nominations will be accepted until January 20. To view the nomination form, click here.
Extemp » Members can log in to access January’s Extemp Practice Questions. Resource Package subscribers can also take advantage of the latest Advanced Extemp Practice Questions.
Public Forum » Log in to check out the newest PF Topic Analysis to get started with the January topic, Resolved: In order to better respond to international conflicts, the United States should significantly increase its military spending. The Advanced Evidence Update for the January topic is also available for Resource Package subscribers.
World Schools » Take a look at the new prepared and impromptu motions plus general info in the latest WSD Motion Overview. Resource Package subscribers can view the Advanced WSD Motion Overview that offers new  motions and walks students through the potential opposition and proposition arguments.
Congress » The latest Legislation Docket is now available for members!
Lincoln-Douglas » Members can log in to check out the Lincoln-Douglas Topic Analysis for the January/February topic, Resolved: Public colleges and universities in the United States ought not restrict any constitutionally protected speech.
Policy » Policy Files Updates are available for Resource Package subscribers!
Big Questions » Just getting started with Big Questions? Check out our new Intro to Big Questions Video and get started with more than 100 pages of Affirmative and Negative Evidence. Delve further into the topic with the new December  and January Topic Updates.
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