Weekly Coach Newsletter - December 3, 2019
Weekly Coach Newsletter - December 3, 2019

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest NSDA news and resources below!

Read the Community Impact Report

Explore how NSDA membership helped coaches and students get involved, build their skills, and celebrate achievement in the 2019 Community Impact Report
Member Resources. 207,688 Total Views. Most Popular Website Resources - 1. 2019-20 Policy Debate Topic Synopsis. 2. OO Final Round Archives. 3. Hi Final Round Archives. 4. Duo Final Round Archives. 5. 2019 January Congress Legislation.
Contest Ends Soon! Member students are eligible to enter our National Speech and Debate Education Day poster contest by tomorrow, December 4!  

Celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities Today!

Today, December 3, is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. In collaboration with members, we have created a new set of posters featuring NSDA coaches and alumni, a themed set of Extemp questions, and additional resources for tournaments and teams. Plus, check out a literature collection featuring stories by or about persons with disabilities. As your students think about scripts, this is a great resource to share! View the collection »   
"Joining the speech and debate team in high school provided me a community willing to overlook my differences and allowed me to grow intellectually by using my voice." Meg Howell-Haymaker Alamogordo Senior High School, NM - Class of 1978 NSDA member coach and Hall of Fame member
Check out our other collections for Black History Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, and Pride Month and keep an eye out for more resources in 2020!  

Read the Board Meeting Agenda

The NSDA Board of Directors will hold its next meeting on December 11 to discuss the proposed NSDA Equity Statement, committee reports, the 2019-2020 operational plan, and other governance business. It's important to the Board that coaches are aware of both the governance and competition/rule issues that will be addressed. Additionally, they want to facilitate Board level access for members to ask questions and offer comments regarding these agenda items and/or other issues during the year. Please feel free to email any comments or questions to board@speechanddebate.org. Feedback will be compiled and presented to the Board for consideration. Meeting minutes will be published in the February/March issue of Rostrum

Review Your District Tournament Info

You can review your district tournament's dates, rules, and awards by viewing this sheet! If you have any questions, please reach out to your district chair. Plus, use the resources below to prepare for your district series. 
Illinois College, Jacksonville, IL. Debate & Speech. At IC, you will compete at the highest levels of national competition while developing skills that will help you in your career. Scholarships aand college credit available for debate and speech participants. To learn more about competing for the Illinois College Debate and Speech Team, please contact Head Coach Shawna Merrill at shawna.merrill@ic.edu.

2020 Board of Directors Election

Any member coach of any age with five years of Association coaching experience, who is listed as a member coach on record, at an active member school, may become a candidate for the Board of Directors by so advising the Executive Director in writing before January 19, 2020, via certified mail. Learn more about Board member responsibilities, deadlines, and election details here

Event Spotlight: Program Oral Interpretation

In Program Oral Interpretation, students use selections from Prose, Poetry, and Drama to create a ten-minute performance around a central theme. Students who are successful in this event must have strong argumentation skills and performative range. Performances can also include an introduction written by the student to contextualize the performance and state the title and the author of each selection.
What's unique about POI? It is the only interp event where students intersplice multiple types of literature into a single, cohesive performance. A manuscript is required and may be used as a prop within the performance if the performer maintains control of the manuscript at all times. 
Start your fundraiser today. 1/2 of all donations are made in December! EdCo's all new platform helps NSDA teams raise more!
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