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Nominate Students for Leadership in the NSDA
The Student Leadership Council (SLC) provides feedback and recommendations throughout the year to ensure the NSDA is meeting students’ needs. This is a unique way to influence the organization’s future and an excellent addition to any student’s resume. If you know a student passionate about improving speech and debate, please tell them about this program and nominate them!
High school member students who will graduate in 2025, 2026, or 2027 are eligible for nomination. Coaches may submit nominations by February 15 through a standard online form, which sends a copy to both the national office and the district chair, if applicable. Each district has the opportunity to nominate one member student for consideration. District winners must be reported by the district chair by March 1. Each country or U.S. territory also has the opportunity to nominate one student. The final SLC will be selected in April.
Champion Corner: Informative Speech Breakdown
In this video, two-time national champion Anneteke Adoga breaks down her 2022 Informative speech to share strategies and insight into her decision making process when writing her piece and choosing her visual aids.
For more like this, visit our Student Experts collection.
Introducing the Multicultural Learning Alliance (MLA)
Are you looking for a place to deepen your understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion? The Multicultural Learning Alliance (MLA) provides a low-pressure environment where speech and debate coaches can develop the knowledge, awareness, and skills needed to effectively engage in diverse spaces. If you are seeking a solid foundation for starting your DEI journey, join the MLA!
Prose and Poetry Resources
Register for Upcoming DEI Programs You Don't Want to Miss
Belonging and Inclusion Station Info Session on October 26 » We invite you to join us for an info session on October 26 about the Belonging and Inclusion Station (BIS) and discuss how to implement a station at your tournament. Dr. Paul Porter, NSDA Director of DEI, and Kara Smith, NSDA Manager of Competition and Events, will discuss the purpose of the BIS, changes to the BIS structure, and training opportunities for Belonging and Inclusion Advocates. Register today »
Activating Equity Award Town Hall on November 9 » The Activating Equity Award honors the work of groups or organizations that strive to ensure fairness and justice in the context of speech and debate. The recipient of this award receives $5,000 and recognition at the National Tournament.
Join NSDA Director of DEI, Dr. Paul Porter, and our 2023 award recipient, AnnMarie Baines, Executive Director of The Practice Space, as they provide valuable insights into the Activating Equity Award. Learn about the nomination process, evaluation rubric, and selection timeline. Get all of your questions answered before the application opens in January! Find out more »
How to Request, Hire, and Train an Assistant Coach
If you're running your program on your own and in need of support, our new NSDA Learn course can help you make the pitch for an assistant coach! Plus, it has tools to help with hiring and onboarding. Enroll today for free or bookmark it to revisit ahead of the next budgeting season!
NFHS Coach Satisfaction Survey Results Available
Thank you to all who took the NFHS survey regarding retaining and recruiting speech and debate coaches—more than 900 coaches participated! Access the overall national results and specific state results via this dashboard.
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