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Phoenix, Arizona Radiant, as defined by MerriamWebster, is “vividly bright and shining.” This July, we will assemble hundreds of coaches, teachers, and leaders from the speech and debate community to shine a light on how speech and debate can empower students, coaches, and communities. At the conclusion of the conference, attendees should leave with a vividly bright vision for how to enhance their classroom, team, or district in the coming year. We look forward to kicking off the conference with a keynote address by LaToya Green. LaToya is the Director of Debate and Professor in Human Communication at California State
University-Fullerton. She has been a keynote speaker for the Blake Debate Tournament Inclusion Conference, the Women’s Debate Institute, and more. Attendees of LaToya’s speeches have left with a renewed sense of focus and determination to be present and meet the needs of their students. Shane Stafford, coach at The Blake School (MN), highlights why LaToya is such a powerful speaker: “Toya is a master at motivating audiences. Every time I have heard her speak, I think about ways I can improve my work with students. The application between her ideas and how they relate to my teaching and coaching is crystal clear. And, she does this in a way that I don’t feel guilty, but inspired!” LaToya’s engaging and humorous style captivates audiences and introduces listeners to tips and techniques that foster a stronger foundation of purpose. She believes that “inspired people, inspire people” and threads that idea through all of her presentations. In addition to LaToya’s speech, we will hear from the 2018 National Educator of the Year, Mary Gormley.
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Mary is a teacher of more than 40 years who was not only recognized as our National Educator of the Year, but also her school’s educator of the year! Mary has shined a light on thousands of students’ voices in her storied career, both inside and outside of the classroom. When Mary wrote about her personal educational philosophy, and the importance of speech and debate education, she shared: “Today, the classroom has become the sole surviving portal where words matter more than ever.” The conference will be another opportunity for you to hear about the power of words—not just from Mary, but a number of our sessions. While we will have one other keynote speech during the conference (surprises are fun!), there are a number of engaging sessions you may consider attending. As noted in the previous issue of Rostrum, this year’s conference will feature an NSDA Leadership Track. The track is open to anyone who is interested in leadership within the
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ROSTRUM | APRIL/MAY 2018
Volume 92 Issue 4