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Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 24, 2019
Weekly Coach Newsletter - September 24, 2019

Dear Coach,

Check out the latest resources from our community below! If your school's membership hasn't been renewed yet, this is the last coach newsletter you will receive. Want to stay in the loop in the meantime? Check the coach newsletter box here to subscribe.  

Student Recognition Opportunities 

Celebrate a Commitment to Service » 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. Set aside a few minutes to nominate a student who upholds the highest standard of service, one of the core tenets of our Code of Honor, for recognition by January 21. Current member students of any age are eligible! Learn more »
Recognize Academic Excellence » From more than 120,000 high school student members of the National Speech & Debate Association, fewer than 2% of students earn the Academic All American award every year. This award recognizes high school students for academic and competitive success. Students who meet the points requirement are marked with a yellow box that says AAA? on your Student Roster. Hear from NSDA coach Sharon Volpe and her students on the value of the award in our latest Coach Profile or start a nomination today.
Advocacy Tools » Looking to recruit new schools or persuade an administrator to support an existing progrm? Check out our collection of letters from administrators on the value of speech and debate! 

Save Time: Import Your NSDA Student Roster into

If you've already entered all your new students for the season onto your NSDA roster, linking your student roster to your NSDA account will allow you to automatically import your students to Tabroom. This also enables auto-pointing, where a student's points from tournaments hosted on Tabroom can be posted automatically and approved rather than being hand entered. 

Resource Roundup

Your NSDA membership opens up access to excellent classroom and competition resources! 
New Extemp Practice Questions » Ten new practice questions are available for both International and United States Extemp. What do this summer’s protests mean for the future of Hong Kong? Do negative interest rates make sense for the U.S. economy? Your students can build their skills with these questions and more here
September/October PF Topic Analysis » Watch an analysis of the September/October PF topic, Resolved: The European Union should join the Belt and Road Initiative. This resource is presented by one-diamond coach Keith West. Resource Package subscribers can also access an advanced evidence brief by one-diamond coach Jesse Meyer. 

Download a Free Poster

When your students become NSDA members, they embark down the road to Premier Distinction, the highest degree level in our Honor Society. Download a free poster to inspire your team members with the milestones they can achieve along the way! 

Watch National Conference Sessions

Did you miss the 2019 NSDA National Conference? Resource Package subscribers can log in and view videos of recorded sessions at Check out videos on gender equity, developing World Schools Debate for your district, coaching middle school, and more!

Student Poster Contest 

If you know any students interested in art or graphic design, be sure to let them know about our poster contest! Member students are eligible to submit a design for consideration by December 4. The winning poster will be used by teams across the country leading up to March 6, 2020 to spread the word about National Speech and Debate Education Day. Entry details »

Event Spotlight: Lincoln-Douglas Debate 

Lincoln-Douglas Debate (LD) is a one-on-one event where debaters argue against one another on a specified resolution. Students prepare cases and then engage in an exchange of cross-examinations and rebuttals in an attempt to convince a judge that they are the better debater in the round.
What's unique about Lincoln-Douglas Debate? Students who enjoy LD like exploring questions of how society ought to be. Many people refer to LD Debate as a “values” debate, as questions of morality and justice are commonly examined. Topics in LD Debate last for two months.  

GLSEN's Ally Week

It's GLSEN's Ally Week, a student-led program where LGBTQ K-12 students and LGBTQ educators lead the conversation on what they need from their allies in school. Explore GLSEN resources for the week here or plan to utilize our Pride Month collection

Apply for a Fulbright Position

The Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (FSE) annually offers full grants for a period of six months to 10 months to U.S. students who possess at least a bachelor's degree to study or conduct research in Taiwan. If you wish to coach and organize debate programs in Taiwan, have more than three years experience in nationally competitive debate, and are able to coach Public Forum, Policy, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate, get started here
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