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Weekly Coach Newsletter - February 9, 2021
Weekly Coach Newsletter - February 9, 2021

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Save the Date: 2021 NSDA National Conference! 

As the national authority on public speaking and debate, we are proud to invite you to the 2021 NSDA National Conference, a free conference advocating for more equitable and inclusive speech and debate communities. The conference is an opportunity for hundreds of coaches, educators, and community members across the country to learn from experts, connect with peers, and grow as professionals.
The National Conference will be held online August 3-5, 2021, and is entirely free. Registration opens soon! Head to our conference page to sign up to be reminded when registration opens, take the survey to help shape our offerings, and explore the schedule outline. Be sure to mark your calendar to join us and stay tuned for more info coming soon!
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Start Here: Teaching Public Forum

NEW COURSE! 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 Simon.
Author Q&A » If 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!

Member Resource Roundup

Extemp » Utilize ten new practice questions for United States and International Extemp. What does Sadyr Japarov’s election mean for the future of Kyrgyzstan? Do big tech firms have too much control over political discourse in the United States? Dive into these topics and more! 
Public Forum » Use our latest topic analysis to build a foundation on the February PF topic, Resolved: On balance, the benefits of urbanization in West Africa outweigh the harms.
World Schools Debate » Download five new prepared and impromptu World Schools Debate motions including This House supports the use of a social credit system in democracies and This House regrets the creation of the nation-state. 
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Register Now: Winter Caucus Meetings Begin This Week

In addition to the National Tournament coaches' caucuses and their Facebook groups, several caucuses will begin meeting today, February 9. Register below or learn more about the caucuses and our caucus leaders! Please remember that participants should abide by the NSDA harassment and discrimination policy at all times.
  • Register for the Asian American Coaches' Caucus today, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. CT. 
  • Register for the Black/African American Coaches' Caucus on Thursday, February 11, at 7:00 p.m. CT, or join their Facebook group.
  • Register for the LGBTQ+ Coaches' Caucus on Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m. CT, or join their Facebook group
  • Register for the Persons with Disabilities Coaches' Caucus on Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. CT. 
  • Register for the Womxn Coaches' Caucus on Sunday, February 21 at 5:00 p.m. CT.
At ISD, the Adults are in Charge. Safety, Security, & Inclusion are #1. Learn More About the #ISDDifference Today!

Start Here: Teaching Public Forum

Have you ever wished you had a road map to help you teach a new event? We've consulted expert coaches to create the Start Here series to act as your guide while navigating a new event. Our easy-to-follow lesson plans are backed up with ready-to-use resources and materials. Download Start Here: Teaching Public Forum today to have everything you need to teach the event at your fingertips.

Find Tips for Hosting Your Tournament on NSDA Campus

NSDA Campus offers a low cost and secure way to run an online competition that is integrated with This school year NSDA Campus has hosted over 50,000 rooms of competition! Explore training materials and video overviews of what to expect on the platform as you consider utilizing NSDA Campus, or poke around in your free team practice space. We'd love to host you!
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