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March 2016  |  A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear District Leader,

Spring into action this month by registering for the Summer Leadership Conference, organizing a World Speech Day event, and more!
Summer Leadership Conference » Join your peers, the Board of Directors, national office staff, and other guest speakers for this unique collaborative occasion! The 2016 conference will take place August 7-10 in Las Vegas and is open to all district leaders and any other coaches interested in leadership. For more information and to register, visit
Calling All Coach Clinic Instructors! » Are you interested in leading a coach clinic at Nationals? Do you have awesome insights that can be used by teachers in the classroom or after school? Express your interest in leading a coach clinic by filling out this form. Space is limited, so please submit as much detail as possible to help us make our final selections.
World Speech Day Activities » Don’t forget to plan an activity for your students and school on March 15. We've outlined several ideas for hosting large group/whole school events on our website, including a Celebrate Expression Assembly, a Guest Speaker Assembly, and a Town Hall Meeting. If you schedule an event, register it at Be sure to include "NSDA" in the title of the event (e.g., North High School NSDA Assembly). If your school is on Spring Break that week, encourage everyone to participate in the YouTube video contest! Details can be found at
National Congress Legislation – Due April 1 » District chairs are encouraged to submit legislation from their district for the National Congress by April 1. Chairs must UPLOAD up to two items of legislation, preferably one bill and one resolution, via the Points Application. All legislation must be submitted as Word documents. Districts that hold their Congress tournament after April 1 must seek input of coaches and students BEFORE the deadline in order to submit legislation.

Student of the Year Nominations – Due April 15 » Member coaches may nominate their graduating seniors for District Student of the Year by using this form and emailing it to their district chair. As a reminder, district chairs must UPLOAD a PDF of the winning nomination form via the Points Application no later than April 15 for consideration as National Student of the Year. If a district holds its tournament series after April 15, the District Committee should determine a means of selecting the winner prior to that.
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