Weekly Coach Newsletter - January 14, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - January 14, 2020

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest news and resources from the speech and debate world below!

New Congress Legislation 

Members can download new Congress legislation. The January docket includes legislation regarding solitary confinement, universal Pre-K, line item vetos, and more.

New Extemp Questions 

What explains Boris Johnson’s big win in the UK’s elections? How will the evolution of 5G shape 2020? Members can access these questions and more here

LD Topic Analysis  

Members can access an analysis of the January/February LD topic, Resolved: States ought to eliminate their nuclear arsenals.
Rostrum: Unlimited Potential. "Now, more than ever, we need all hands on deck—urban, suburban, and rural—to study, debate, and negotiate a common future." - Dr. Kevin Minch, Truman State University, Missouri.

On MLK Day, Celebrate a Commitment to Service 

The National Exemplary Student Service award is given annually to a student who serves their school, community, city, region, or state using skills they honed through speech and debate. 
Set aside a few minutes on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr., Day, to nominate a student who upholds the highest standard of service, one of the core tenets of our Code of Honor, for recognition. Nominations close January 21. Current member students of any age are eligible! 

PF Video Topic Analysis 

Members can watch the video topic analysis and prepare to debate the January PF topic, Resolved: The United States should end its economic sanctions against Venezuela. 

We're Seeking Course Authors

We are in search of authors for courses on Engaging & Mentoring students from marginalized communities for our professional development platform, NSDA Learn. This year, these courses will focus on the Black/African American and LGBT+ communities. If you or anyone you may know may be interested in writing one of these courses, please reach out to Victor Torres at victor.torres@speechanddebate.org. Authorship of the course is compensated, can be approached as an individual or a team, and will create benefits for the NSDA community for years to come!

Updated Script Database

Resource Package subscribers can explore our newly updated script database, containing a list of scripts performed at Nationals in HI, DI, and Duo. 
Don't have the Resource Package? Add it here

Plan to Celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day

On March 6, we celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day and the life-changing skills you and thousands of other coaches have taught students through this activity. Preparations are underway for this year, and we're looking for team captains! 
A parent, student, volunteer, or coach can sign up to be a captain for your school and receive our toolkit and free resources to help plan how your team will celebrate, including this poster designed by NSDA member student and 2020 poster contest winner Olivia Tsang from American Preparatory Academy in Nevada, Class of 2024.  

Why Points and Degrees Matter

When students join the NSDA, they embark down the road to Premier Distinction, the highest degree level in our Honor Society. Earning points through competition and service can provide motivation for students to keep building their skills in the face of obstacles. Plus, earning points also determines eligibility for special NSDA awards
Points and degrees don't just matter for students; they impact your program at large! Each degree from an active, paid student adds another point to a school’s strength, which impacts the number of entries a high school can take to the district tournament. 

Fundraise with EdCo

Start the new year with a new kind of fundraiser! EdCo’s brand new online platform lets you accept tax-deductible credit card donations so you’ll be able to cover the costs of your speech and debate program. Send donors a link to your fundraising website via SMS or email while EdCo tracks everything for you. Most fundraisers miss out on employer matching programs, but with EdCo, all donors are automatically prompted to take advantage of them. Don’t wait! Sign up today!
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