The 2014 NSCTA Convention is just around the corner. Below is a link to the tentative schedule for the three days--this is still tentative, but we've had a lot of inquiries about what will be at convention this year. The links to register for convention are also available on this page. Registration is slightly different this year because we are hosting a judges' training session in conjunction with the convention.
Calling all judges—new, novice, experienced, and veteran!! NSCTA (with the blessings and support of NSAA) will be conducting our first ever JUDGES TRAINING WORKSHOP. Our goal is to go beyond what the online test offers—by helping judges to know and apply the rules consistently in all the events, to understand the role and responsibilities of a judge, and to write effective, instructive ballots.
With those goals in mind, this workshop will cover these issues and also provide an opportunity to judge student speakers (in both public address and interpretation events), followed by ballot-writing tips and open-forum discussion.
NSAA is also offering a generous incentive for first-time judges: Attend this workshop, and the $25 fee for becoming a registered NSAA judge will be waived (although you will still be expected to pass the test and watch the online PowerPoint). Experienced judges will still pay the fee online to become NSAA-certified, but are encouraged to attend the workshop. We welcome and encourage your input! If all goes as planned, we’re hoping that eventually NSAA will consider judges’ attendance at this training as a factor when making district and State judging assignments.
Make plans to attend! The workshop will be held on Saturday, September 27 as part of NSCTA’s fall convention in Grand Island.
Details about the Judge Training and the NSCTA Convention will follow soon.
Randy Bretz, co-curator of TEDxLincoln, (www.tedxlincoln.com), is seeking involvement with schools, libraries and organizations in four or five communities strategically placed around our state to help us recruit presentations and performances as well as to host viewing sites for our live events. The TEDxLincoln organizers hope that Speech and Debate coaches across Nebraska will see these events as an opportunity to have their students attend one of the viewing sites.
TEDxLincoln, an event that was initiated in 2011 among a small group in Lincoln, has grown to include two major live events with a vision to give Nebraskans an opportunity to share ideas and performances that can contribute to a better world. Since our first event in 2011, we’ve shared nearly 100 presentations and performances to audiences attending the live events as well as a large number of participants who have joined us online. We’ve touched more than two million world-wide as a result, and we’re looking to grow.
For the upcoming school year, two viewing parties have been set:
- TEDxYouth@Lincoln August 16, 2014
- TEDxLincoln Main November 14, 2014