February 5, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter
February 5, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter

Dear Coach,

Don't miss out! The final deadline to sign up for National Speech and Debate Education Day is February 14. If you sign up to participate, you'll receive a free packet full of planning resources, posters, and swag for your team! Get started »

Last Chance to Recognize Student Service! 

Thursday, February 7, is the last day to nominate a student for the Exemplary Student Service Award. This award will be given to a student who serves their school, community, city, state, or region using skills they honed through speech and debate. Nominate a student who upholds the highest standard of service, one of the tenets of our Honor Code, for recognition today! Member students of any grade level are eligible. 

Recruit New Students 

In our new recruitment video, NSDA national finalists share how competitive speech builds confidence, changes perspectives, challenges silence, and gives them a chance to tell their stories. We hope it will help you build your team and bring new voices into the fold. Stay tuned—a debate version is in the works! 

January/February Lincoln-Douglas Topic Analysis 

Check out the new LD Topic Analysis from Crawford Leavoy, LD Curriculum Director at the Institute for Speech and Debate. You and your students can learn about popular arguments on the January/February topic, Resolved: The United States ought not provide military aid to authoritarian regimes.
"In the very short time that this topic has been debated, rounds have spent a large amount of time looking at what is topical on both sides. That centers more around what is and what is not military aid, but also what is and is not an authoritarian regime. Debaters should begin with establishing what they understand military aid to be and how it works. Only this understanding can actually provide a debater the in-round knowledge in order to prove their topicality." Keep reading »

District Tournament Series Eligibility

Only high school member students from NSDA schools are eligible to compete in the district tournament series. Students must be NSDA members with a Degree of Merit (at least 25 points in the Honor Society) and be officially registered as a member user on the NSDA’s website. Students who are currently eligible to compete at districts will have a check mark in the "Districts Eligible" column on your School Roster. Gear up for districts by logging in to your NSDA account to add points and/or purchase memberships for students you plan to bring to the tournament! 

Celebrate Black History Month 

We invite you and your team to celebrate Black History Month with our resource collection designed to enhance your next practice or tournament experience during the month of February and beyond! 
View Resources

Fundraising Tips for Your Team

Sharing your fundraiser on social media can dramatically increase how much you raise. Recently, an NSDA team raised $10,000 overnight through Edco by sharing their story on social media. Make sure you have a well written fundraising page with images, keep your donors up-to-date with team news, and encourage your team members to actively post as well. We've partned with Edco on a guide to help you post your team’s news successfully!

Collaborate and Make Connections at the NSDA National Conference

The NSDA National Conference is the premier speech and debate event for professional development and collaboration with coaches and educators from across the country. Sessions at the conference cover best practices for diversity and inclusion, tips for building a competitive team, and advice for the classroom from veteran speech and debate educators. Whether you’re a new coach focused on learning more about this activity or a veteran coach refining your skills, you’ll make meaningful connections with other speech and debate educators who you can collaborate with throughout the year.
Visit our Conference page to meet the keynote speakers, peruse the schedule overview, or register to join us in Colorado Springs!

Nominate Eligible Students for the Academic All American Award 

Only one percent of NSDA member students earn the Academic All American award every year. This is a noteable achievement to list on job or college applications! If your student is eligible, you'll see a yellow box with "AAA?" under the "Awards" column on your Student Roster.
Advisors, please consider nominating eligible students for this prestigious award! They can't do it alone, and this free recognition could serve them well in years to come. View requirements or begin an application here
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