Weekly Coach Newsletter - October 13, 2020
Weekly Coach Newsletter - October 13, 2020

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2019-2020 Leading Chapters

Each year the top chapter in accumulated members and degrees in each district receives the Leading Chapter award. When a school receives the award, its accumulated total returns to zero and it begins a new record.  
We're excited to share the list of winners for the 2019-2020 school year! Advisors and administrators of winning programs will receive letters of congratulations. The Leading Chapter award is given out by the district chair as part of the district tournament series.
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Resource Roundup

Members can access the following new resources!
Extemp Practice Questions » A fresh set of practice questions is available for your Extempers. 
Congress Docket » Download a new collection of legislation to get students thinking! 
Public Forum Topic Analysis » Access a breakdown of arguments on the current PF topic. 
Sample World Schools Motions » Download new prepared and impromptu motions.
Resource Package subscribers can also access the following new resources!
LD Advanced Research Guide » Take a deeper dive into the current LD topic. 
PF Advanced Evidence » Step up your prep with advanced evidence on the current PF topic.

Free Tournaments: Register by October 19

Thanks to the generosity of The Julia Burke Foundation, member students have the opportunity to compete in our NSDA Online Springboard Series, a new series of free tournaments for novice and middle school students held over the next three months. Register by October 19 for the first event on October 24! Schools and students must be NSDA members to enter the tournament. There is no entry fee for participation. 
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Take the Course: Intro to Coaching OO and Info

Members can take a free, self-guided introductory course exploring the fundamentals of coaching Original Oratory and Informative Speaking by veteran coaches Maggie Woodward and Ryan Levesque. Take the full course or pick out the topics relevant to you! In this course, you will learn:
  • What makes OO and Info unique.
  • How to guide students through the topic selection, research, and writing process.
  • What makes a successful orator or informative speaker, including verbal delivery and nonverbal communication.
  • How to help students revise a speech and keep a presentation fresh and interesting throughout the season.

2019-2020 Speaking and Service Award Winners

The new Speaking and Service Award will annually recognize students who go above and beyond in their service to their teams, schools, and communities. Students receive this award when they earn 200 service points in a given year, the maximum number possible in a given school year in our Honor Society. From more than 140,000 members, fewer than 60 students reached this level last year! Join us in congratulating the 2019-2020 Speaking and Service Award Winners!
This award replaces the NSDA Exemplary Student Service Award. To earn the Speaking and Service Award next year, students must earn 200 service points between August 1, 2020, and July 31, 2021. No application process is required. Current member students of all ages are eligible.

Service Points Update

It's easier than ever to enter service points! You now have greater autonomy to determine the merit of events, an expanded list of options to encourage service opportunities, and more chances to count service activities as we've reduced the number of people in a required audience to five. The limit of service points per year remains 200. This change promotes the value of service in the organization and respects your integrity and autonomy to determine the merit of service activities.

Updated Unified Manual

Following the fall Board of Directors meeting, we've updated the High School Unified Manual. Read a summary of the updates in the change log at the bottom of the manual in Appendix E: Change Log or look for the yellow highlighting throughout!
Teaching Tolerance Resources for teaching about race, racism, and police violence

Last Chance for 2020 Nationals Videos!

Our National Tournament livestream archive will close this month. Check out any moments you may have missed before they disappear!
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