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Weekly Coach Newsletter
November 14, 2016  |  A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association
Dear Coach,
Help us select the 2017-2018 Policy Debate resolution, nominate an Educator of the Year, and check out more ways to get involved in this week's newsletter. Get started below! 
Policy Debate Topic Selection » Help us determine the final Policy resolution for 2017-2018! Online voting opens November 15 and concludes December 15. The two topic areas include Energy Policy and Education Reform. To log in and access the ballot, visit
Educator of the Year » March 3, 2017, is National Speech and Debate Education Day! As part of our celebration of educators, the NSDA will announce its inaugural recipient of the Educator of the Year Award. For more information about this award and how to nominate a deserving individual, click here.  
Sunday Team Spotlight » Every Sunday we are putting a spotlight on the success of a speech and debate team on our social media pages. Our Sunday Spotlight last week featured the Harmony School of Science High Debate Team from Texas. They recently hosted a panel on qualified immunity for police. The team and several other schools asked questions of judges, attorneys, community activists, and police officers in order to prepare for the November-December LD topic. We think this is a great way to involve your community in debate! Use the links below to follow us for more stories like this. Do you want to be featured in the next Sunday Spotlight? Email your story to
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Rostrum Preview » Don't miss the latest issue of Rostrum, which focuses on issues related to inclusion and accessibility in speech and debate. Copies will be in mailboxes soon, but here is a sneak peek to tide you over! Preview our latest team profile and district profile for tips, tricks, and stories from across the country. Don't miss our feature story on the Jellybean Festival, an incredible speech opportunity for students with special needs. We also explore issues related to women in the debate classroom, and much more!  
Q & A Webinar » Join us for a New Coach Question and Answer Webinar today, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. CST. Steve Schappaugh, Director of Community Engagement, and Deano Pape, Membership Manager, will be available to answer your questions. Click here to sign up in advance!
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