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November 13, 2018 - Weekly Coach Newsletter
November 13, 2018 - Weekly Coach Newsletter

Dear Coach,

We share the latest resources and community news below! 

Winter Board Meeting Agenda

The NSDA Board of Directors will hold its winter meeting on December 5. It is important to the Board that NSDA coaches are aware of both the governance and competition/rule issues that will be addressed. Additionally, they want to facilitate Board level access for members to ask questions and offer comments regarding these agenda items and/or other issues during the year. Please feel free to email any comments or questions you may have to board@speechanddebate.org. Feedback will be compiled and presented to the Board for consideration. Meeting minutes will be published in the February/March issue of Rostrum. Read the agenda »

New Extemp Resources

New Extemp resources from Extemp Genie are now available! Members can access ten new practice questions for both USX and IX. Resource Package subscribers can also download advanced questions and resources! The new IX set focuses on African demographics and development and the USX set focuses on the United States' changing international role.
Don't have a Resource Package? Click here to learn more about what the package includes or to upgrade today. 
QUICK LINKS
Upcoming Webinar » Mark your calendar! The Policy topic webinar from the Bill of Rights Institute is set for November 28 at 6:00 p.m. CT. Register here.  
Honor Society Printables » You can access a printable version of the Coaches Code of Ethics or Code of Honor. These can be displayed in your school, classroom, or squad room.   

Intro Course: Tabbing on Tabroom.com

Check out a free course designed to help coaches effectively use our tournament registration and tabulation website, Tabroom.com. You'll learn how to set up a tournament, pair rounds, create results packets, and more. Plus, images are included to help you reference your account! Get started »

Join us in Celebrating Speech and Debate 

On March 1, we celebrate National Speech and Debate Education Day and the life-changing skills millions of students have learned from this activity. We're looking for team captains to help our efforts! Captains plan activities for their team on March 1. Coaches, students, parents, or volunteers can sign up here.

The American Legion Oratorical Contest

The American Legion Oratorical program presents participants with an academic speaking challenge that develops deeper knowledge of the U.S. Constitution and the responsibilities, rights, and privileges of American citizenship. Competition progresses through local community, regional, and state levels, culminating in a national contest every April, where American Legion Oratorical winners certified from each state vie for the top championship title and an $18,000 scholarship. Each certified state winner participating in the national contest receives a $1,500 scholarship, with those advancing to the second round receiving an additional $1,500 scholarship. For more information about The American Legion Oratorical program in your state, click here

Advisor Tip: Auto Billing for Memberships

Advisors, add students to your membership roster and purchase their membership so they can begin to receive the benefits of membership today! 
You can choose to be auto billed for each student's membership when they earn 25 points (degree of Merit). Visit our Account and Roster Management Guides and select How to Activate Auto Billing for Memberships for details.

Announcing our 2019 National Conference Keynote Speakers

We're excited to announce two of our keynote speakers! For additional information on the 2019 National Speech & Debate Conference, click here.
Ryan Haygood 
Civil Rights Lawyer
CEO, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice
Advocate and Spokesperson  
April Holmes
U.S. Paralympic Athlete 
Three-Time Medalist and World Record Holder
Best-Selling Author, Spokesperson, and Motivational Speaker 
 
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