November Student Newsletter
November Student Newsletter

Check out what's new in the speech and debate world!  

Free Online Tournament

Talk to your coach about competing in our NSDA Online Springboard Series, a series of free tournaments hosted by us! Our November 14 tournament features asynchronous speech and live debate with a middle school and open high school division for students of any experience level. Registration is due by November 9! 

Interp Source Material Pilot Rules

To further align with our core value of equity, we are piloting new rules regarding what sources for material may be used in Interpretation events, including the removal of the requirement that digital sources must be found on the Approved Websites List. The pilot rules no longer reinforce binary perceptions and portrayal of gender and allow students to omit gender from their pieces. Learn more on page 16 of the Board of Directors meeting minutes.

New Competitive Resources

Fresh Extemp Questions

What is the impact of increasing military ties between the U.S. and India on other Asian countries? Will we "return to normal" following the development of a COVID-19 vaccine? Members can access these questions and more in our new set of Extemp practice questions

Lincoln-Douglas Topic Analysis 

Members can use our topic analysis to learn about the November/December LD topic, Resolved: The United States ought to provide a federal jobs guarantee.

Congressional Debate Legislation Docket 

The latest Congressional Debate docket includes A Bill to Close Guantanamo Bay, A Bill to Grant Public Safety Workers the Right to Collective Bargaining, and more! 

Policy Debate Evidence Updates

Resource Package subscribers can access fresh files on the 2020-2021 Policy topic, Resolved: The United States federal government should enact substantial criminal justice reform in the United States in one or more of the following: forensic science, policing, sentencing.

World Schools Debate Motions

Members can check out a new set of prepared and impromptu motions for World Schools Debate, including This House supports statehood for Puerto Rico or This House regrets the Hollywood blockbuster model. 

Nominate a Star Educator

The National Educator of the Year Award honors an active classroom teacher in the field of speech and/or debate for their enhancements to the quality of education in the field of speech and debate. If this sounds like someone you know, please nominate them for the award!

Josh Gad on The Late Late Show

Did you catch Josh Gad's appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden? He shows off his national championship trophy and even gives YOU a shoutout! Check it out and share it with your friends.

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