April Student Newsletter
April Student Newsletter

Check out what's new in the speech and debate world!  

New Competitive Resources

Public Forum Topic Backgroud: Understanding the IMF

Get acquainted with the April Public Forum topic, Resolved: The benefits of the International Monetary Fund outweigh the harms. Build your base knowledge by reading about what the IMF does and their three pillars of work, surveillancelending, and capacity development.

Lincoln-Douglas Advanced Research

Members can view the new advanced research on the March/April Lincoln-Douglas topic, Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee universal child care.

Congress Legislation

Members can check out the April docket, featuring legislation like A Bill to Increase the Inheritance Tax and A Resolution to Increase Investment in Nuclear Energy. 

Fresh Extemp Questions

What impact will coronavirus variants have for global health in 2021? Should the U.S. Senate change its filibuster rules? Members can access these questions and more in our new set of Extemp practice questions

World Schools Debate Motions

Members can check out an updated set of prepared and impromptu motions for World Schools Debate, including This House supports the privitization of the U.S. Postal Service or This House would incentivize working from home post-pandemic.

Learning to Flow

Our new video series, accessible to members, teaches the basics of flowing Policy Debate or Lincoln-Douglas and Public Forum. Refresh your skills or help novices learn the basics! 

Performance Breakdown: Crafting a Duo Interp

Dive into the process of putting together a Duo performance from start to finish. This course, geared toward both students and coaches, offers a look behind the scenes at the cutting, blocking, practicing, and performing of a final round Duo. Get a sneak peek of what to expect in this video!

New Feature: Favorites

We're excited to announce a new feature on the NSDA website: the favorite button! You can now mark your frequently referenced pages, forms, and resources as favorites or use the feature as a way to save things to review or use at practice later! To favorite something, scroll to the bottom of a page and click the star button. 
You must be logged in to use the favorite feature. To view your favorites, head to www.speechanddebate.org/favorites or visit the Favorites section under Quick Links on the left side menu of your NSDA Account. 

Earning Service Points

Did you know you can earn points for using your speech and debate skills in service of others? Students can earn up to 20 service points per day and a maximum of 200 points per year. Each approximate hour of activity should be treated as two points. Students who earn the maximum 200 points in a given year will automatically earn the prestigious Speaking and Service Award. Ask your coach to enter your service points today or submit them for approval!
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