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January 31, 2017  |  A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Coach,
Have a question we don't answer below? Note that during the month of February, our customer service team will be available by phone and email an extra hour, until 6:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, on a trial basis! February is thick with district tournament questions, and it's a great time for us to gauge demand for a longer service window.
NEWS FROM TABROOM
Tabroom Support Forum » We've recently launched a new online Tabroom Support forum. The forum creates a place where Tabroom users (including tournament directors) can ask questions, get answers, and discuss best practices. We think these kinds of discussions are best to have in a public forum, so that other people with similar questions/issues can learn from the collective wisdom. As the forum grows, we hope it will be a useful resource for the whole speech and debate community.
Do you have a question about how to use Tabroom? Curious about best practices when running a tournament? Have a feature request? Are you already a Tabroom pro with some advice to give? Come contribute to the conversation!
How to Ask a New Question » Make sure you're logged in on Tabroom, then click the "Help" tab. On the right, click the "New Topic" button - a box will open at the bottom of the page where you can type your question, then click "Create Topic." See you there! 
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION 
Educator of the Year Finalists » Congratulations to the following outstanding individuals who have been named finalists for the inaugural Educator of the Year award! The winner will be officially announced on March 3, National Speech and Debate Education Day. 
Joni Anker - Eagan High School, Minnesota
Dario Camara - Western High School, Florida
Clifton Davis - Hillcrest High School, Idaho
Renee Motter - Air Academy High School, Colorado 
Cheryl Potts - Clark High School and Plano Senior High School, Texas
Last Call for Hall of Fame Nominations » Coaches who have been members of the NSDA for 25 years, or who are retired from coaching and teaching, are eligible for this prestigious award! Is there an outstanding coach in your life who should be considered for the Hall of Fame? Nominate them by Thursday, February 2.
I Have a Nomination!
GET INVOLVED
Education Conference » Coaches interested in a new and unique professional development opportunity should explore ways to attend our inaugural education conference August 24-27 in Denver, Colorado. Click here for a look at key details, session previews, logisitics, and more. Interested? Register now to receive an early bird discount!  
Public Forum Topic Selection » Chapter advisors and member students can vote online to choose their favorite PF topic for the month of March. The TOPIC AREA is Middle East. To log in and access the ballot, visit www.speechanddebate.org/topics. Voting ends TODAY, January 31 at 4:00 p.m. CT.
ACCESS YOUR RESOURCES
Policy Research Webinar » Coaches and Policy Debaters can join us on Monday, February 6 at 7:00 p.m. CT for Policy Debate - Research for the Home Stretch. Established coach Sean Kennedy will offer tips for getting through the last leg of the competitive season. Jump on here
New Extemp Resource » Resource Package subscribers can check out Advanced Extemp Resources on U.S.-China relations!
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