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February 7, 2017 | A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Coach, 
Check out new National Tournament details, the latest resources, and recognition opportunities for students, coaches, and administrators! 
GET INVOLVED
Black History Month Resources » We have unlocked two powerful performances to help you incorporate Black History Month into your speech and debate classroom. Plan a lesson wherein your students watch the final round performances of “The Other Wes Moore” and/or “Not a Genuine Black Man" below, followed by a class discussion of the issues raised in the piece. See more classroom activities here
We're Hiring! » Join our Community Engagement Department and take on one of two roles coordinating Programs and Services or Education and Recognition! View a full description and links to the application process on our Jobs page.
Nationals Hotels » Gearing up for #Nats17? We've posted more than 30 properties to make your stay in Birmingham comfortable and enjoyable! You can check them out here. Be sure to look at the tournament details before you book for important information and recommendations for where to stay based on your competition event. See you in June! 
RECOGNITION OPPORTUNITIES
Thank a Teacher » Are you a speech and debate coach because a teacher inspired you to enter the education field? Have there been veterans throughout your career who have mentored and supported you? Consider thanking them on March 3, National Speech and Debate Education Day! Use the link below to schedule a special message for them.
I Have Someone To Thank!
Student Award Deadline » It’s your last chance to nominate a deserving student for the inaugural Exemplary Student Service Award! This individual must uphold the highest standard of service, one of the core tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor. 
“Service: A member exercises the talents he or she has been given to provide service to his or her peers, community, and the activity. At all times a member is prepared to work constructively to improve the lives of others.” 
If you know a student who goes above and beyond this tenet in service to their school, community, city, region, or state using skills they honed through speech and debate, we would love to consider them for recognition. Remember, current member students of all ages are eligible for this award. Nominations are due TODAY, February 7. 
Coach and Principal of the Year » We are now accepting nominations for Coach and Principal of the Year at both the middle and high school level. Visit the coach and school recognition sections of our honor society page for more information about these prestigious awards.
Academic All American Award » It's now easier than ever to identify students who might be eligible for the Academic All American Award! This award recognizes students who have earned the degree of Superior Distinction (750 points); completed at least 5 semesters of high school; achieved rigorous criteria for GPA and/or test score requirements; and demonstrated outstanding character and leadership. Students who have met the points criterion in our system have their points highlighted in green on your School Profile page in the Points Application. For more information or to complete the application form, visit our honor society page and click on Student Recognition. Please note that
students who have already received the Academic All American Award are marked in blue.
WEBINAR SPOTLIGHT
Fundraising Webinar » Join us Wednesday, February 22 at 7:00 p.m. CT for a fundraising webinar with the experts at Edco. You can hop on here for tips to help raise money for your team! 
ACCESS YOUR RESOURCES
Congress » The latest Legislation Docket for Congressional Debate is now available for members. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. CT. Kevin Berlat will answer your questions and provide insight as to how you could approach the new docket during the Congress Webinar!
Lincoln-Douglas » Resource Package subscribers can log in to check out the Lincoln-Douglas Topic Update for the January/February topic. Join us for a webinar on Wednesday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m. CT to hear Vanessa Brown Calder of the Cato Institute discuss the March/April topic, Resolved: The United States ought to guarantee the right to housing.
Big Questions » Teaching Big Questions to your students? Check out our new lesson plans on Constructing an Argument and Refuting an Argument! Bring your questions to the Big Questions Q&A Webinar on Thursday, February 9 at 7:00 p.m. CT. 
Extemp » New Extemp resources are now available! Members can log in to access the February  Extemp Practice Questions. Resource Package subscribers can also take advantage of February’s Advanced Extemp Practice Questions.
Public Forum » Log in to check out the newest PF Topic Analysis to get started with the February topic, Resolved: The United States should lift its embargo against Cuba. Resource Package subscribers can also explore the February set of PF Advanced Evidence
World Schools Debate » Take a look at the new prepared and impromptu motions plus general info in the latest WSD Motion Overview. Resource Package subscribers can view the Advanced WSD Motion Overview that offers new prepared and impromptu motions and walks students through the potential opposition and proposition arguments.
Policy » Resource Package subscribers can check out the recording of last week’s webinar on Structural Features of the Affirmative and Negative.
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