NSDA! We will offer a dynamic session on distributive leadership from David Ross, the CEO of P21 (Partnership for 21st Century Learning). Additionally, we will solicit feedback from leaders to determine other sessions, which could include any of the following topics: • Prioritizing the NSDA Core Values: Integrity, Inclusion, Service, Leadership • Leading via Communication Excellence • Building a Thriving and Growing NSDA District • Communicators in the Classroom: A Vehicle to Successful Growth and Development • Understanding District Finances • Finding Regional and State Partners • Finding your Voice as a Regional and National Leader • Roundtable: The Impact of School Size and Type on District Composition • Roundtable: Expanding the National Tournament to New Audiences • Roundtable: Using the NSDA Tools of Leadership: Website, Dashboard, and More In addition to the NSDA Leadership Track, the conference will host dozens of sessions for individuals who are coaches and/or classroom teachers. Topics range from incorporating technology to event-specific strategies to the continuation of speech and debate from high school to college. Below are just a few of the sessions we are excited to feature at this year’s conference:
Finding the Honest Voice of the Character » In modern society with ever-changing identities, interpers need to bring to life the voices of characters without judgment and or appropriation. This session will examine the need to move beyond beginning level development that often results in stereotypical portrayals of characters and caricatures of race, disability, class, gender, and sexuality.
Big Fish, No Pond: Teaching Debate in Isolated Regions » Whether you’re new to teaching or just new to a district, this session is for those rogue debate coaches operating in isolated regions and communities who want to connect students into the national Policy Debate circuit.
A New Era of Advocacy: Our Engagement With Civil Discourse » Fake news, sponsored content, and alternative facts are three of the most notable barriers to achieving objective argumentation. This session will discuss these argument trends and offer suggestions for practical, new ways to advance critical thinking in the classroom to create effective and ethical advocates for society.
Fostering Inclusivity and Safe Spaces at Tournaments: Best Practices » In this session, the scope of issues surrounding marginalized student communities and their needs will be explored along with solutions that teachers, coaches, and tournament directors can use to improve the experience of students in the activity. Classroom activities, practical solutions, and best practices will be shared with materials for making your class, team, or tournament a safe space for all participants.
Joining the Conversation: Bringing Middle School Voice to Life through Speech and Debate » Calling all middle school teachers, coaches, and administrators! The value of a middle school speech and debate program has community-wide benefits. This session will dispel myths about middle school students, make the argument to include speech and debate as vital components of curricular and after-school programs, and provide ways for middle school coaches and teachers to form a community.
even when you can’t all be in the same place at the same time. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with the technology and plan by bringing a connected device to the session.
Radiant Speakers: Reconsidering our Communication Criteria » While teachers of public speaking have long evaluated the traditional tenets of verbal and nonverbal delivery as part of their public speaking evaluation instruments, this workshop will help teachers and students employ a mentor approach to rubric development and self-reflection models. Students are encouraged to model their performance and presentation skills after a communicator whom they hold in personal esteem and who matches their performance and personality style. Workshop attendees will evaluate their own communication mentors and envision the communication behaviors criteria they personally and professionally seek to achieve. Whether you are a new or veteran coach, a high school or middle school educator, or an elected district leader or aspiring leader—this conference has something for you. A complete listing of sessions with descriptions and presenters can be found at www.speechanddebate.org/ conferences. We are thrilled with the momentum that has been built in such a short period of time for the NSDA National Conference. Each and every coach in our organization works to empower students. This July, we will come together and celebrate the work we do collectively while sharing best practices so we can all improve. The 2018-2019 season will shine brighter because of our time together in Phoenix!
Empowering Your Team with Technology » Keeping a team organized is one of the most difficult tasks one encounters as a coach. Learn to use Google Forms, Google Drive, and Zoom to keep your team humming
Steve Schappaugh is the Director of Community Engagement for the NSDA.
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