Weekly Coach Newsletter - March 31, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - March 31, 2020

Check out new free resources this week, Coach!

Final Round Watch Parties with Finalists 

NSDA coach Renea L. Moss of Miramar High School invites you and your students to join her weekly virtual NSDA Final Round Watch Parties beginning today with DI at 11:00 a.m., 3:00 p.m., and 7:00 p.m. ET. Performers from each of the three featured DIs will join at least one of the parties to talk with students. This is a creative way for students to learn from past finalists and from other students across the country. Worksheets for classes are also available. Watch parties continue tomorrow, April 1 with Original Oratory using the same schedule. 
Can't make this week's watch parties? Classes can use a tool from NSDA coach Leeann Solice any time! In this activity, students watch final round performances, adjudicate, and provide feedback or analysis for each performer. You can make a copy of this activity for a single performance or with ranks and feedback for a round of up to eight competitors. 
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Celebrating Seniors: Team Traditions

NSDA coach Rory McKenzie's team at Lindale High School has a fun way of closing up their season. Seniors celebrate their legacy on the team by bequeathing team-related items to younger students. Collect these stories into one document and share with students as a keepsake. Have an idea for celebrating seniors? Email us

Watch the USA Debate Team in Action

On Friday, the USA Debate Team had a virtual debate on the motion, This House supports government control of social networking sites in times of national emergency. Watch now »  

Interp: Bringing Characters to Life

In this 60-minute webinar, Hall of Fame members Pam and Joe Wycoff share helpful strategies for "coordinating the kid and the cutting," honing skills, and evaluating progress. Watch it here and access a handout with exercises and questions for students. 

Creating a Trans-Inclusive Team

The International Transgender Day of Visibility is today. In a new blog post, NSDA alum Jessica Kurr shares initiatives you can take to ensure trans students feel included and safe on your team.

Independent Learning for Congressional Debaters

In these two webinars, students can learn how to hone their skills without dedicated Congressional Debate coaching. Plus, these 16 practice drills can be done from home!

A Conversation with Dr. Freeman

At the 2019 National Tournament we sat down with Dr. Thomas Freeman for a conversation about his 70-year career as an educator, his experiences with racial segregation at tournaments, and insights to overcoming the racial gap. Watch here

Press Play for a Pick-Me-Up

Laugh along with the final round of Humourous Interp at the 2019 National Tournament. Don't forget, you and your students can watch 2019 final rounds for free through open Resource Package access. 
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Free Virtual Debate Camp for ALL Levels. The Colorado Speech and Debate Camp. April 6th-April 21st. Events covered: Public Forum, Extemporaneous Speaking, Platform Speaking. For more information and to sign up, please visit dedamtew.wixsite.com/coloradospeech.

Download Now: Advanced LD Research Guide

Members can download an advanced evidence brief on the March/April LD topic, Resolved: Predictive policing is unjust.

Zoom Tips

If you're using Zoom for class, virtual scrimmages, or practice, check out the following guides to maximize your usage. 
Show Your Achievement. Celebrate All of Your Students' Accomplishments with Honor Society Insignia!
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