Weekly Coach Newsletter - February 23, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - February 23, 2021

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Celebrating Black Coaches

In this new video, we celebrate Black Excellence in coaching and the powerful impact the work of Black coaches has on both their students and themselves. As the end of Black History Month approaches, we encourage you to share the video below with your network to encourage alumni to consider coaching as a career path or use this video to reruit students!
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Take the New Free Courses: DI, HI, and Duo 

Performance Breakdown: Crafting a Duo Interp » Coaches and students can take a look behind the curtain at the process of putting together a Duo from start to finish in this new NSDA Learn courseThrough script notation, video, and narration, 2019 Duo finalists Ethan Gambriel and Tyler Simpson share the story behind the cutting, blocking, practicing, and performing of their piece, A Tiny Miracle With a Fiberoptic Unicorn
Intro to Coaching: Dramatic and Humorous Interp » Take a deep dive into coaching DI and HI in this new NSDA Learn course and find considerations for selecting literature, sample cuttings, activities for characterization, and more. This course is authored by Hall of Fame members Meg Howell-Haymaker and Deborah SimonIf you have follow up questions about the course content or have a specific question about Interp or a performance issue your student is struggling with, ask the experts! Head to our forum, NSDA Connect, to pose questions to Meg and Deborah and they'll get back to you with their advice. This is a chance to connect with some of the best of the best in the Interp world!

Read the Latest Rostrum

The new issue of Rostrum magazine features the reasoning behind our change to the Code of Honor, online preparation and competition advice from the USA Debate team, and three Tabroom.com features for a more equitable tourrnament. If you’re looking for a dose of inspiration, don’t miss Tom Llamas’ perspective on how speech prepared him for a career as a national news broadcaster and Serene Singh’s reflections on how speech and debate helped her become a Truman, Fulbright, and Rhodes Scholar studying for her doctoral degree at the University of Oxford.

Member Resource Roundup

Elimination Round Videos » If you love our final round archive, don't miss videos of 2021 late elimination rounds for Public ForumLincoln-Douglas, and Policy Debate, now available for Resource Package subscribers
Start Here: Teaching Public Forum » Download our easy to follow lesson plans backed up with ready-to-use resources and materials.
Congress Docket » The February Congress docket is now online for members! 
Character Checklist » Use this checklist to track student progress in bringing characters to life.
Advanced PF Evidence » Resource Package subscibers can expand their knowledge of the February PF topic with more than 20 pages of advanced evidence

Date Update: Great Communicators Debate Series

Registration is now open for the Ronald Reagan Great Communicator Debate Series (GCDS) for high school students! The event is comprised of six “Geographic” and one Nationwide Regional Competition. Entrants may enter any ONE Geographic competition and the Nationwide competition. All Regional Tournaments will be ONLINE due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. 
  • Western: February 8-9, 2021
  • Greater Texas: February 27-28, 2021
  • Mid-Atlantic: March 27-28, 2021
  • Pacific Northwest: April 17-18, 2021
  • Midwest: May 2-3, 2021
  • Northeast: NEW DATE: May 1, 2021
  • Nationwide: May 22-23, 2021 

Show Your Appreciation

Show your thanks to a coach, district leader, or administrator on National Speech and Debate Education Day with a Thank You Gram! Sign up and we'll send a message on March 5 to whomever you choose, thanking them for their support in a tough year.
National Speech & Debate Conference Online 2021. August 3-5. Attend the NSDA National Conference. a free conference advocating for more equitable and inclusive speech and debate communities.
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