Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 19, 2019
Weekly Coach Newsletter - November 19, 2019

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest news from our community below!

85 Days of Speech Lesson Plans

Based on member feedback, the latest installation of our Teacher in a Box series is an Introduction to Teaching Public Speaking! Members can now access all the materials needed for a semester-long Speech 1 course. This course is designed for students new to public speaking and oral communication and was written by retired teacher, NSDA Hall of Fame member, Bruno E. Jacob Society member, and Executive Director of the Kentucky High School Speech League Steve Meadows. Steve taught Speech 1 classes and coached Kentucky high school speech and debate teams for 28 years and taught introductory public speaking classes at the University of Kentucky for 14 semesters.
You can also access Teacher in a Box resources for Public Forum, Lincoln-Douglas, and Policy Debate

Increasing Access to Speech and Debate through Virtual Tournaments 

Tournaments are expensive and can price out schools, programs, and individual students with a lack of financial resources. Even for well-supported programs, schools in rural or remote areas find that the distance to travel to tournaments is prohibitive. In the latest issue of Rostrum magazine, we explore increasing access to speech and debate via virtual tournaments.
Check out an explanation of how virtual competition provides access to underrepresented groups, logistical tips for hosting your own virtual tournament, a sample schedule, and more. 

How Will You Celebrate Speech and Debate on March 6?

On March 6, we celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day and the life-changing skills millions of students have learned from this activity! 
Team Captains » Preparations are already underway for this year, and we're looking for team captains! Captains plan activities for their team on March 6 and can be coaches, students, parents, or volunteers. Last year, 867 teams signed up to receive toolkits! Sign up to participate »
Poster Contest » Member students are eligible to enter our poster contest! The deadline for submissions is December 4

Recognition Rundown

Student of the Year Award » The District Student of the Year award is presented to a graduating senior in each district who best represents the tenets of the Association’s Code of Honor. Nominees must also demonstrate strong academic credentials and a commitment to the speech and debate community. Each year, six students who win the district award are selected as finalists for the William Woods Tate, Jr., National Student of the Year award. District deadlines vary, but winners must be reported to the national office by April 16Submit a nomination »
Student Service Award » The National Exemplary Student Service award is given annually to a student who serves their school, community, city, region, or state using skills they honed through speech and debate. Coaches or administrators may nominate a student who upholds the highest standard of service for recognition. Current member students of any age are eligible! Nominate a student by January 21, 2020.

Event Spotlight: Dramatic Interpretation

In Dramatic Interpretation, students perform a cutting (a selection of one or more portions of a piece) of a play, short story, or other published work. Competitors may portray one or multiple characters and may "pop" from from one character to another. No props or costumes may be used. Performances can also include an introduction written by the student to contextualize the performance and state the title and the author.
What's unique about DI? Students must be able to convey emotion through the use of a dramatic text. DI is not all about drama. While dramatic elements are key aspects of the event, overly-sad selections are not ideal choices for performance.

Take the Course: Introduction to NSDA Coaching

Learn the ins and outs of coaching in our new Intro to NSDA Coaching course, which covers many of the basics of NSDA membership including events, rules, recognition, points, and more! 
All coaches who complete the course by the end of 2019 will receive one free student membership! Upon completion of the course, please email a copy of your certificate to Lauren McCool along with any feedback on the course, and we'll apply the credit to your account. Log in to your account and click Enroll Now to begin!  
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