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January 23, 2018 | A weekly publication of the National Speech & Debate Association

Dear Coach, 

Don't miss free Black History Month resources, our new Hall of Fame web page, and job listings below! 

Celebrating Black History Month  

Inspired by recommendations from the African American/Black Coaches’ Caucus and in partnership with Wiley College, we have created a series of classroom and tournament resources to celebrate Black History Month. 
Poster Series » Commemorate the month in your school or community with our special Spark Leaders posters featuring speech and debate coaches and alumni!
Black Playwrights and Authors » Looking for ways to incorporate Black History Month into your classroom? Check out our initial list of nearly 100 works by Black authors, compiled in partnership with Wiley College.
Tournament Resources » In addition, you’ll find Congress and Impromptu resources to enhance your next practice, classroom, or tournament experience during the month of February and beyond. 

New Hall of Fame Web Page and Bios

The highest honor for any high school speech and debate coach is election to the National Speech & Debate Association Hall of Fame. We invite you to visit our new Hall of Fame page to learn more about the history of speech and debate and the legacies of inductees. Special thanks to former NSDA Executive Director Jim Copeland for his work on this project!  
Do you know an outstanding coach who belongs on this list? Individuals with 25 years of NSDA coach membership (e.g., a merit date of 1993 or earlier), or who are retired from coaching and teaching, are eligible for this prestigious award. Hall of Fame nominations are due February 2. 

Job Listings

Is there an open coaching position with your program? We want to help fill it! Share the details with us and we’ll post the position on our site. Submit a job or check out our listings here
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Nominate a Student for National Recognition

The Exemplary Student Service 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!

Sign Up and Spread the Word about 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

Deadlines and Reminders

National Conference Registration » Join the many educators already registered for the 2018 National Conference! Be sure to take advantage of the early bird rate and register by March 5 at
Student of the Year » If you know an incredible graduating senior, please nominate them for your district's Student of the Year Award.
Schedule a Thank You Message » Send a special message to a teacher or administrator who has inspired you! Thank you grams will hit inboxes on March 2, National Speech and Debate Education Day. 
National Tournament Hotels » Room blocks are now available for the 2018 National Tournament. Learn more or book now at

Access Your Resources

Public Forum Advanced Pro Research » Members can download five free resources for the pro team, provided by the Catalan National Assembly
Public Forum Topic Webinar » Watch the latest PF topic webinar from the Bill of  Rights Institute. Jared Walczak, Senior Policy Analyst at the Tax Foundation, discusses the February topic, Resolved: The United States should abolish the capital gains tax.
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