January 29, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter
January 29, 2019 - Weekly Coach Newsletter

Dear Coach,

We're just over a month away from National Speech and Debate Education Day! Do you know how you're celebrating? Sign up here!

Announcing our Educator of the Year Finalists  

Congratulations to our Educator of the Year finalists! These individuals were selected for their work fostering critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration skills in the field of speech and debate education. Stay tuned! On March 1, National Speech and Debate Education Day, one of these coaches will be named the 2019 NSDA National Educator of the Year!
  • Margo Batha, Los Alamos High School, NM 
  • Cara Borgsmiller, Parkway West High School, MO
  • Karson Kalashian, Orosi High School, CA
  • James Shapiro, Berkeley Carroll School, NY
  • Jamie Wills, Cherokee High School, GA

Hall of Fame Biographies and Nominations 

The highest honor for any high school speech and debate coach is election to the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame. We invite you to visit our Hall of Fame page to learn more about the history of speech and debate and the legacies of inductees.
Do you know an outstanding coach who belongs on this list? Log in to view qualifications or submit a nomination by Friday, February 1

Exemplary Student Service Award

The Exemplary Student Service Award is given annually to a student for service performed using skills they honed through speech and debate. Nominate a student who upholds the highest standard of service, one of the tenets of our Code of Honor, by February 7.  

Overcoming Barriers to Educational Achievement 

Time is running out to apply to attend the 2019 NSDA Inclusion Workshop for coaches and educators! Attendees will learn strategies for effective engagement in dialogue about racial diversity, inclusion, and achievement gaps in education. The workshop will take place August 7-8 in Colorado Springs and is free for invited attendees. Limited financial support for housing is available! Learn more or apply at www.speechanddebate.org/inclusion-workshop

Celebrating Black History Month 

We have created a series of free resources to celebrate Black History Month! Check out the collection including a special poster series, themed Extemp questions, Congress bills, and more. 

Resources for Inclusive Tournaments 

We strive to ensure that you are equipped with the knowledge and tools you need to make your tournaments a safe, welcoming, and inclusive place for all attendees! Access resources at www.speechanddebate.org/inclusion

Who Can Access What and How? 

If you're not sure how permissions differ for coaches and advisors, check out the Member Roles and Account Permissions Guide describing what advisors, coaches, and students can see on their account dashboards based on their role and permissions.  

Bring a Friend, Save $50 on Your Conference Registration 

The NSDA National Conference is the best opportunity to learn best practices for speech and debate coaching and education, both for experienced coaches and newbies. Did you miss the Early Bird discount? There is still time for you to save on your registration! Recruit a fellow speech and debate educator to attend, and you both can receive $50 off your registration. To be eligible, at least one must be a first time attendee!
To get the coupon, please email Lauren McCool at lauren.mccool@speechanddebate.org with the names and emails of each registrant.
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