Weekly Coach Newsletter - January 21, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - January 21, 2020

Check out what's new this week, Coach!

National Educator of the Year Finalists

Congratulations to the 2020 National Educator of the Year finalists! These individuals were selected by a panel of member coaches and Hall of Fame members for their work in the classroom to enhance the quality of education in the field of speech and debate. 
Congratulations to our 2020 Educator of the Year Finalists! Christy Briggs - Reno High School (NV). Shawna Christenson - The Weiss School (FL). Elizabeth Eskin - Timber Creek High School (FL). Renea Moss - Miramar High School (FL). Gary Peters - Ben Davis High School (IN).
Finalists will submit portfolios for evaluation and the winner will be announced on March 4 in the lead-up to National Speech and Debate Education Day. Stay tuned! 
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Reserve Hotel Rooms for Nationals

The Nationals hotel block is now open. If your team stays within block, you will receive a $25 discount off the main event entry fee per student. You must use the online booking site. Please do NOT call the hotels directly to book your rooms. If you expect your students to qualify, book rooms early! Tournament registration opens March 1

Join the Conversation on NSDA Connect

Head over to our forums on NSDA Connect to share ideas, give advice, ask questions, and network with colleagues in your field around the world! Join the conversations about coaching and tournament hosting at www.speechanddebate.org/connect.
At ISD, the Adults are in Charge. Safety, Security, and Inclusion are #1. Learn More About the ISD Difference at ispeechanddebate.com!

Submit Your PF Topic Ideas

The April PF topic area is Greater Middle East. You can submit suggested changes to the starter resolutions below or to submit a new resolution under this topic area.
  • Starter Resolution #1 – The United States should withdraw from the Afghanistan peace process.
  • Starter Resolution #2 – The United States should decrease its military presence in the Persian Gulf region to prevent Iranian aggression.

Prepare to Celebrate Black History Month

February is Black History Month! As you prepare to celebrate with your team or at your school, be sure to take advantage of our resource collection.
  • Posters » Download newly updated posters featuring Black speech and debate coaches and alumni or use our editable template to create posters featuring members of your team. 
  • Lit Collection » Share our literature collection containing works by Black authors and playwrights with students as they select pieces for Interpretation events. 
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