Weekly Coach Newsletter - March 10, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - March 10, 2020

Check out what's new this week, Coach!

Announcing our New Accreditation Program

Our newly updated Professional Accreditation Program recognizes coaches and educators who are committed to furthering their education and skills to better meet the needs of their students. The first available level, the Speech and Debate Coaching Endorsement, is open to anyone who is an active NSDA coach member and may be completed online at one’s own pace. As part of this endorsement, you will take a variety of professional development courses via our professional development platform NSDA Learn and the National Federation of State High School Associations’ online learning center, NFHS Learn.
For more information about this endorsement, please click here or email Lauren McCool at lauren.mccool@speechanddebate.org
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Meet the 2020 National Educator of the Year

Our 2020 National Educator of the Year is Christy Briggs of Reno High School in Nevada! In addition to her speech and debate role, she also serves as the English Department Leader, advisor for the school newspaper, and President of the Northern Nevada Forensics League, where she supports other local speech and debate coaches and teachers. Congrats, Christy! 
2020 NSDA Educator of the Year. Christy Briggs - Reno High School, NV. #WeAreSpeechAndDebate

NSDA Coronavirus Statement

We are closely monitoring the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) and staying up-to-date with the latest recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). With district tournament season and the National Tournament approaching in June, we know many of our members are concerned, and as always, the health and safety of our members is our primary concern. Currently, all plans for Nationals remain on track. We will also be taking appropriate steps at the tournament based on CDC recommendations to keep participants healthy and safe.
Any future updates or changes will be communicated directly to NSDA members and posted at www.speechanddebate.org/coronavirus. Head there for information about coronavirus, best practices for staying healthy at a tournament, and resources you can use if you’re holding a tournament. We encourage you to stay up-to-date with news and recommendations from the CDC at www.cdc.gov/coronavirus

Download New Sample World Schools Motions

A fresh set of prepared and impromptu World Schools Debate motions is now available for members including This House believes that employers have a legal obligation to protect employees from microagressions and This House regrets the existence of gated communities

Access the LD Topic Analysis

A new LD topic analysis is now available from Ashley Murphy, one-diamond coach, recipient of the Donald Crabtree Service Award, and board member for the Philadelphia CFL League. Students can familiarize themselves with the March/April topic, Resolved: Predictive policing is unjust.

Claim Citations for Service Activities

Coaches who perform service for the Association, such as hosting tournaments, writing or presenting about the Association, recruiting a new chapter school, or writing an article for Rostrum, earn service citations, which contribute to Don Crabtree Distinguished Service Awards. Citations are submitted via your NSDA Account. Learn more »

NEW: ACH Payments

We now accept payment via bank draft (ACH)! To pay by ACH you will need the bank account number and bank routing number when you call us at (920) 748-6206. Ask your bookkeeper if ACH payment is an option for your school. This could help speed up payment processing over mailing a check!
Get a jump start prepping for #Nats20. Add the Resource Package! Learn more

Coach, Student, and Administrator Awards

Nominations are now open for all of our district to national awards! Each winner of the following district awards is automatically entered into the running for the national-level award when reported by your district chair.
District chairs, be sure to report your winners by April 16 for national award consideration.
Nominations are also open for the following middle school national awards! All entries are automatically considered for the national award. 
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