Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 30, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 30, 2021

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Last Call for Scholarships

Encourage seniors to apply for the Keith West Memorial Student Scholarships. Four students with a commitment to speech and debate, academics, and the Honor Code will receive a $1,000 college scholarship in memory of Keith West. Applications close today, November 30.

Plan to Celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Friday, December 3, is the International Day of Persons with Disabilities! Your team can celebrate by brightening your school hallways or squad room with our poster series or exploring our literature collection featuring stories by or about persons with disabilities. Plus, the Persons with Disabilities Coaches' Caucus is seeking volunteers to contribute to a video feature with the NSDA! Help share the stories of persons with disabilities by signing up or forwarding this form to alumni.
We believe educators featuring topics, themes, and issues that impact an assortment of people and our society at large can create more informed global citizens and a space where students feel heard, welcomed, and encouraged to learn. Visit our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion page for specific competitive resources to diversify the subject matter at your tournament, classroom, or practice.

Add Audience Members in NSDA Campus

We've added an option for tournaments to purchase observer rooms on NSDA Campus, our tournament hosting space. This allows team and community members designated by coaches to watch rounds live to learn or cheer on competitors! Due to the technical limits of users in Campus rooms, the number of observers is limited per entry.

Engage with Our 2021-2022 Equity Commitments

Each year, we share the specific immediate steps we will take to better reflect our core value of equity. Commitments are inspired by recommendations from our coaches' caucuses and feedback from members. Thank you for engaging with and joining us in this work! Learn more »

Time is Running Out to Register!

There's something for every age and skill level at our FREE Springboard Capstone Tournament on Saturday, December 4. We will offer live and asynch speech and hold four rounds of speech and Policy Debate, five rounds of PF, LD, BQ, and WSD, and two rounds of Congress.

Explore New Team Warm-Ups

Freshen up your pre-tournament rituals with speech warm-ups from our community!

Expand Your Coaching Skills

Dive into new events or find tips for team management in our free, on-demand courses!

Run for the Board of Directors

Four seats are up for election in 2022. Interested candidates must declare their intentions by January 19, 2022. Voting will open in April and results will be announced in May. Learn more about the responsibilities of Board members, requirements for candidacy, and the election process. 
Start Here Teaching Series. Grab-and-go lesson plans for middle and high school speech and debate.

Vote for Upcoming Topics

PF and LD » Chapter advisors and member students can log in and vote for the January PF topic and the January/February LD topic before 4:00 p.m. CT today, November 30
Policy » Chapter advisors and member students can cast their vote for the 2022-2023 topic by December 15! The two choices are: 
  • Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its support of multilateral greenhouse gas emission reduction regimes.
  • Resolved: The United States federal government should substantially increase its security cooperation with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in one or more of the following areas: artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity.

Recognize Student Success

Fewer than 2% of students earn the prestigious Academic All American award every year. This award recognizes high school students for academic and competitive success. Students who meet the points requirement are marked with a yellow box that says AAA? on your Student Roster. Nominate eligible students today!
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