Weekly Coach Newsletter - October 8, 2019
Weekly Coach Newsletter - October 8, 2019

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest resources from our community below! 

Do You Know a Stellar Educator? 

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!

Casting Call: What the Constitution Means to Me Tour

After a hit run on Broadway and off-Broadway, What the Constitution Means to Me will tour the country. The show received two Tony Award nominations and was named a Pulitzer Prize Finalist for Drama.  
Seeking » A high school debater who is a female identified or non-binary person of color between the ages of 13-17 and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA. Candidates should have a strong knowledge of and experience with debate. Those interested do not need to have acting experience. 
To Audition » Students should have their parent or guardian email WCMMcasting@gmail.com with a picture and some details about them and their debate experience. Casting will then reach out to set up an audition. Auditions will take place in L.A. on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18 with callbacks on Saturday, October 19. Learn more »

Resource Roundup

Your NSDA membership opens up access to excellent classroom and competition resources! 
Extemp Practice Questions » A new set of Extemp practice questions is now available! How far should the U.S. go to support Saudi Arabia in its conflict with Iran? Is Rudy Giuliani an effective advocate for President Trump? Download the new set here and dive in! 
Congress Legislation » Students can prepare to compete by debating new Congress legislation including legislation to restrict the production of vape pens, increase NASA funding, and more. 

Student Recognition Opportunities 

Student of the Year Award » The District Student of the Year award is presented to a graduating senior in each district who best represents the tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor. Nominees must also demonstrate strong academic credentials and a commitment to the speech and debate community. Each year, six students who win the district award are selected as finalists for the William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year award. District deadlines vary, but winners must be reported to the national office by April 16. Submit a nomination »
Student Service Award » 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. Coaches or administrators may nominate a student who upholds the highest standard of service for recognition. Current member students of any age are eligible! Nominate a student by January 21.
Pro Tip » Pick up tips for writing great award nominations in our Guide to Knockout Nominations

Celebrate Supporters with an Honorary NSDA Membership

Did you know you can nominate an adult who has contributed to your team to be an honorary National Speech & Debate Association member? This is a great way to generate buy-in from adminstrators or honor a parent who helps your team! Honorary members must be adults who have contributed in some significant way to the speech and debate program of the local chapter, but have not earned Association membership as a student or instructor. Log in and view requirements »

Event Spotlight: Original Oratory

In Original Oratory, students deliver a self-written, ten-minute speech on a topic of their choosing. Limited in their ability to quote words directly, competitors craft an argument using evidence, logic, and emotional appeals. Topics range widely, and can be informative or persuasive in nature. The speech is delivered from memory.
What's unique about Original Oratory? Students have an opportunity to suggest solutions to some of society's biggest questions and problems. Plus, it's the only speech event in which students craft a speech that's persuasive in nature. 

Student Poster Contest 

If you know any students interested in art or graphic design, be sure to let them know about our poster contest! Member students are eligible to submit a design for consideration by December 4. The winning poster will be used by teams across the country leading up to March 6, 2020, to spread the word about National Speech and Debate Education Day. Entry details »
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