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April District Leader Newsletter
April District Leader Newsletter
April 2018 | A monthly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

Dear Leader,

This month, we bring you a special invitation, upcoming deadlines, and a chance to share your expertise with fellow educators! 

Encouraging Election Participation 

Voting is now open for the Board of Directors election, which will select four directors to serve a four-year term and establish an order for alternates. Please communicate with members of your district about the importance of the election! Remember, each school shall vote for up to four candidates and each active school chapter will count as one vote. 
Coaches can learn more about the 13 candidates seeking election in Rostrum. When they are ready to vote, they log in to their Account page and select 'NSDA Voting' from the left side menu. 

Student of the Year - Reporting Due April 16

Chairs, don't forget to report your District Student of the Year Award winner by Monday, April 16!
One student from each nominating district will be entered into consideration for the 2018 William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year Award. Six finalists will interview with an esteemed panel of educators during the National Speech & Debate Tournament. The National Student of the Year is announced during the Awards Assembly at the National Tournament.
If you have questions, email

District Tournament Book Ads - Due April 15

District chairs, help recognize your competitors as they perform in Fort Lauderdale this summer! Submit your district ad for the 2018 Tournament Book by April 15. Not sure where to start with your ad design? We can create it for you! Pricing and dimensions are included in this form

Taxes and Reporting

Last month, we shared important information regarding your district's Employer Identification Number (EIN) account and tax requirements. Missed the email? Check it out here.
If you have questions about this process, please email Laura Stein, our new Director of Business and Finance! 

District Leader Luncheon - RSVP by April 24

Join us at the 2018 District Leader Luncheon and Award Ceremony during Sunday registration at the National Tournament in Fort Lauderdale! Please RSVP here by April 24
We hope you'll also consider nominating a peer for the District Leader Commendation Award! This award recognizes outstanding individual contributions while also raising awareness about the value of distributive leadership. Please note that district chairs are not eligible for this award. 

Chair a Leadership Session in Phoenix

We've combined our former leadership conference with our National Conference, held July 28-31, so you can enjoy keynotes and networking while still participating in leadership discussions. 
As a leader in the speech and debate community, this conference has something for you! View our slate of NSDA Leadership Track sessions and let us know if you are interested in presenting or serving on a panel for one of the topics listed. View sessions »
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