Tonight! Q&A with NSDA President and Vice President on Zoom!
Tonight! Q&A with NSDA President and Vice President on Zoom!
Dear District Leader,
It is hard to believe that we've reached the end of 2021! We hope that in the next month you are able to spend time with those you love and also find plenty for time to rest. May we all have a safe, healthy, and speech and debate filled 2022! 

Tonight! Q&A with NSDA President and Vice President on Zoom

Four seats on the NSDA Board of Directors are up for election in 2022. Interested candidates must declare their intentions by January 19, 2022. Voting will open in April and results will be announced in May.
To better provide insight and answer questions that individuals may have about serving on the NSDA Board of Directors, President Pam Cady Wycoff and Vice President Dr. Tommie Lindsey, Jr., will hold a Zoom-based Q&A session at 7:00 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 9. For those who have not served as a Board member but may be considering running as a candidate this year or in future years, this one-hour online discussion is an opportunity to ask questions and get information about the roles, responsibilities, and commitments involved with serving in this capacity from two individuals who, together, have more than 30 years of Board service!


NSDA Board of Directors Q&A Zoom
2022 National Congress Legislation Submission Form
NSDA Online Springboard Series
District Leader Toolkit
NSDA Learn Professional Development Courses

Interested in Fundraising for Your District?

For this year only, hosting a Big Questions District Qualifier can earn your district funds to support schools and students in your area! Each district can earn $1,500 for the first 10 students participating plus $20 per additional student. Please contact our Big Questions grant coordinator, Tova Hettinger at, with any questions.

Opportunities for Free Competition: Async Speech, Live Speech, and Live Debate Offered!

Jump into your second semester with the Springboard Series! Join us for two nights of async speech and live debate on January 11 or 13 or live speech and live debate on January 25 or 27. Don't miss out—the Springboard Series offers students essential feedback and ranks from judges across the country and is an excellent way to build skills and confidence with zero entry fees.
Learn more or register today

Change to Process: National Tournament Legislation Submissions

At the November 16 Competition Rules Board Meeting, the Board approved a new process that changes how National Tournament Congressional Debate legislation will be collected for this year’s tournament. This change in process seeks to expand the number of student voices represented in the legislation collection process by allowing non-qualifiers to submit legislation, removing authorship speeches, and allowing students to vote on legislation that makes the National Tournament docket. This change also shortens the to-do list for district chairs, who will no longer be responsible for collecting legislation from their district members. Students will submit the legislation directly through this form on our website that opens December 10, 2021. All submissions are due on or before February 15, 2022. More details and legislation writing resources will be shared in the coming weeks! 

Free Professional Development Courses

We are proud to offer an ever-growing selection of self-paced professional development courses through our NSDA Learn platform. Check out some of our recent courses and be sure to share them with your district’s coaches. 
  • Building Supportive Cultures to Prevent Bullying and Harassment
    • Explore best practices for student safety in speech and debate, including practical tips and policies for bullying identification and prevention, sexual harassment identification and prevention, and bystander intervention.
  • Engaging and Mentoring Students with Disabilities
    • Identify and promote best practices for engaging and mentoring students with disabilities. This course provides an overview of key terms, potential strategies, as well as the legal framework for following the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504. 
  • Intro to Coaching: Dramatic and Humorous Interp
    • Learn the basics of coaching HI and DI including considerations for selecting literature, sample cuttings, activities for characterization, and more.
 is a ever growing set of self-paced online professional development courses.
NSDA logo
Twitter Facebook Instagram LinkedIn
Update your mailing preferences | Opt out of all NSDA communications
Got this as a forward? Sign up to receive our future emails.
View this email online.
powered by emma
Subscribe to our email list.