Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 22, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 22, 2020

Dear Coach,

If you haven't already, be sure to renew your school membership by October 1 to retain access to newsletters, resources, and more member benefits!

Technology Resource Fund: Apply on Behalf of Students in Need of Tools for Online Competition

Thanks to the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation, we are excited to announce our Technology Resource Fund. This fund is intended to provide financial support for NSDA member students who lack needed technology resources (webcams, microphones, laptop, hotspots, etc.) to successfully compete in online speech and debate activities. Advisors for active NSDA member schools should fill out this form for committee consideration.
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Systems to Save Time Managing Your Roster!

Student Submitted Points » Students can submit points for your approval through their NSDA Account. Submitted points will await approval or denial in your Pending queue the same way autopoints do. There are checks in the system to catch duplicate entries. This tool is especially useful for submitting service points! Students can submit points by clicking the Add option listed next to their point total on their account.
Service Points Reporting Form » If you don't want student submitting points for approval, you can still save time by collecting them with a standard form created by the Kentucky District Committee! Click here to make a copy.
Graduating Students Deadline » Points for students in the class of 2020 must be entered by October 1. The points entry deadline for the class of 2021 will be July 15. We'll remind you in May!

Apply Here: Debate Classroom Resource Contractors

We are looking for contractors to revise the classroom activities and materials for either our Public Forum, Policy, or Lincoln-Douglas Teacher in a Box units! Contractors will improve upon existing units and each lesson will have a hook, lesson body, and closing activity or assessment.

New Sample World Schools Motions

Five new prepared and impromptu motions are now available for members, including this House regrets the narrative that women are the primary caregivers and this House mandates the inclusion of critical race theory in required diversity training for all federal employees.

Read the Latest Rostrum

In the new issue, we share tips for asynchronous speech judging in Tabroom.com, the first installment in a three-part series on promoting opportunities for persons with disabilities in the speech and debate community, advice and stories from coaches and students, and more!

Original Oratory Member Resources

Intro to Public Speaking » Access the materials needed for a semester-long Speech 1 course, some of which have already been adapted for online learning. This course is designed for students new to public speaking and oral communication. 
Learn from Student Experts » In this new series, one of our OO student experts shares their practice tips and ideas for working with personal stories. Member students can learn from the best to become their best!
Original Oratory: From One Teacher to Another » In this one hour webinar, OO experts Pam and Joe Wycoff share their flexible five-part system for teaching the event in the classroom.
Final Rounds » Members can use the Performance Videos filter to access OO final rounds from 2019 and earlier! 2020 final rounds are exclusively available to Resource Package subscribers. 
What to Expect Competing in Original Oratory » In this one page guide, Indiana student Lia Thayer shares what a tournament looks like for orators and their favorite thing about the event! More event guides are available here.

Policy Debate Textbook

Members can access the online textbook featuring everything new students need to know before their first Policy round! Check out an excerpt below! 
Five methods can be employed to attack any specific claim or argument that the other side makes about any specific issue or sub-issue in any debate round. 1. Direct denials or direct refutation. They say: “black;” You say: “white.” 2. Challenge the relevance of the opposition’s claim to the issue being debated. 3. Attack the warrants or reasons stated for the claim. 4. Attack the evidence or proof used to support the claim. 5. Turn the opponents’ claim, warrants or proof to your advantage. 
Here are the steps used by the best debaters in the argument presentation process, or in the mechanics of making responsive, clashing arguments during a debate (called “embedded clash” by those who know): 1. Identify briefly the argument you are responding to; 2. Signpost, or preview, how many responses you have to that argument; 3. Give a label or a tag to your argument; 4. Perhaps (sometimes, but not always) explain your argument; 5. Identify the source and date of your evidence; 6. Read your evidence; 7. Explain why your argument matters, or beats their argument; and 8. Move on to your next argument. 

Customizable Tournament Certificate

If awards are feasible for your tournaments this fall, be sure to check out our tournament services to explore award options, create something custom, or save time by ordering our Extemp Questions.
Skipping awards? You can still recognize your student participants and provide a sense of normalcy at your tournament with our customizable certificate
NSDA Campus Your low-cost online tournament hosting solution

Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students

We encourage you to enroll in our new course, Engaging and Mentoring Black/African American Students. The course features distinct strategies for engaging and mentoring Black students as a Black coach and as a non-Black coach. Members can enroll today for free and take the course at their leisure. Check out an excerpt below!
"Consider allowing students to leave and rejoin the team or reduce their participation on the team during times of hardship. The same structural barriers that disproportionately keep some Black students from joining speech and debate have the potential to affect them during the season. For example, Black students may be disproportionately more likely to get a job out of the necessity to help their family through a period of financial hardship. Other family obligations, such as caregiving, or other academic expectations may also impede on the ability of students to participate on your team from time to time. You should remain open to students rejoining the team after leaving for a period of time or reducing their workload on the team in order to help reduce the inequities that arise when coaches have strict policies that require 'full' participation or none at all."
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