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March Madness: Impact Calculus Tournament
While NCAA basketball teams compete in their tournament, your NSDA students can, too! Use this lesson from Start Here: Teaching Policy Debate to hold an Impact Calculus Tournament for your debaters. On day one, students learn about comparing impacts and formulate their arguments. On day two, the tournament begins! Students deliver short (30-second to one-minute) speeches on their advantages or disadvantages, comparing their impact to their opponents’ impact. Students should address magnitude, probability, and timeframe. Impact turns are fair game! Either have the team vote on a winner or make a decision on your own.
This full lesson and tips for assessment are included in Lesson 10 of the Policy Start Here collection. A similar version with more preparation time for younger students is included in Start Here: Teaching Middle School Public Forum's lesson 10. Game on!
Tools for Your End of Year Banquet
Honor Society Inductions » Use our resources to induct your newest Honor Society members! Find invitation and program templates, as well as ideas for decor and membership materials like honor cords and pins.
Superlative Certificates » Who on your team was most improved? Who was the spirit of the squad? Who had the best snacks? You or your students can use our team superlative certificate templates to celebrate your team at a team dinner, end of year banquet, or other senior send-off event.
Our final round videos are our most popular resource! As a member, you can access middle and high school final rounds on-demand from our archives. Review rounds yourself or use them in class or practice.
Final rounds are accessible from the Resources menu of the main navigation on our website. Remember, the most recent year's final rounds are exclusively available to Resource Package subscribers. Need lessons to accompany final rounds? Check out our Start Here series!
Register Your Students: Asynch Big Questions Scholarship Tournament
Whether your students are currently competing in Big Questions or they need opportunities to practice their debate skills, the BQ Scholarship Tournament is open to all students in grades 6-12. Students will debate the topic Resolved: Humans are primarily driven by self-interest using the Pro Con Challenge format. The top ten competitors will receive college scholarships! Recordings are due April 5, 2023. Explore resources for Big Questions Debate or register today.
Suggest Debate Topics for Next Year
As an NSDA member, you can suggest Public Forum or Lincoln-Douglas debate topics for next season. Your ideas will be shared with the LD and/or PF Wording Committees as a starting point for their work! These committees are made up of volunteer coaches and alumni who work together each spring to develop a variety of potential resolutions for the upcoming school year. Share your ideas by April 1 for next season.
Read the Competition Rules Board Agenda
The Competition Rules Board will meet March 28 to discuss the continuation of new rules implemented at the 2022 National Tournament, advantages and disadvantages of district-based World Schools Debate qualification, and the use of ChatGPT and other generative AI during competition. We invite you to review their agenda and send any comments or suggestions to email@example.com.
New Rostrum Segment: Faces in the Crowd
Do you know someone who practices everyday equity? Are they working to make speech and debate a more inclusive activity? Nominate them today to be highlighted in our new Rostrum segment, Faces in the Crowd.
One Month Left to Register for the Last-Chance Qualifier
Did your school attend the district tournament in any event? If so, any students who didn't qualify for the National Tournament at your district qualifier are eligible to compete in the online NSDA Last-Chance Qualifier on April 27-29. Students must be districts-eligible but do not need to have attended districts to participate; schools must have had at least one entry at districts. There are no entry fees and all main events plus Big Questions will be offered. Send up to 4 students per event per school (up to six in BQ). Register by April 21 »
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