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January 16, 2018 | A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

Dear Coach, 

We share student award details, an Educator of the Year announcement, your last chance to throw your hat in the ring, and the latest resources below! 

Nominate a Student for National Recognition

We are now accepting nominations for the Exemplary Student Service Award! This award will be given to a student who serves their school, community, city, state, or region using skills they honed through speech and debate. Nominate a student who upholds the highest standard of service, one of the core tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor, for recognition. Member students of all ages are eligible for this national award. It only takes a few moments to nominate a deserving individual!

Board Election Materials Due Friday

It's your last chance to throw your hat in the ring! If you are planning to run for the Board of Directors, don't forget that the declaration of intent via certified mail and candidacy statements are due this FridayJanuary 19Learn more »

National Educator of the Year Finalists

Congratulations to our finalists! On March 2, National Speech and Debate Education Day, one of these five coaches will be named the 2018 NSDA National Educator of the Year!

Free Resources for March 2

We are focused on making March 2, National Speech and Debate Education Day, even bigger to reach more people! To do this, we need your team’s participation. Sign up to take part in our celebration, and we will share resources and communications with you to make the day a huge success. 

Strapped for time? This is a great opportunity for a student or parent to be your team’s captain. Don't delay, sign them up here

Sign up and Save: 2018 National Conference

If you weren't ready to pull the trigger during the first semester, don't worry. There’s still time to save on registration for the 2018 National Conference. Join the many educators already registered and take advantage of the early bird rate by March 5! Learn more about this year’s event and register at
Reminder: If you registered with the super early bird rate and indicated you would pay via check or purchase order, we need to receive the payment or copy of an approved P.O. by January 22.

Access Your Resources

Keeping it Fresh for the End of the Year » Join Chase Williams of the Institute for Speech and Debate for a discussion on judge adaptation and using ballots to improve performance tomorrow, January 17, at 7:00 p.m. CT.
Program Oral Interpretation Getting Started Guide » Download the guide for answers to frequently asked POI questions. 
Public Forum Topic Webinar » The latest Bill of Rights PF topic webinar recording is available to watch at any time! Viewers will pick up tips for debating the topic, Resolved: Spain should grant Catalonia its independence.
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