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Unlock Student Potential Through Speech and Debate

From improving student engagement to boosting their confidence, an NSDA membership puts participants on an entirely new path—an investment that will make a lifelong difference.

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NSDA membership is school based and renewed annually. When you take on a team, renew, or help start one at your school, you’ll build a space where student voices are heard and celebrated.

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Membership Structure

Annual School Membership

High School: $149     Middle School: $75

ACCESS LEVEL MEMBER BENEFITS COST CYCLE

STUDENT BENEFITS

  • Eligibility to earn a portion of the $150,000 in college scholarships we give annually.
  • Membership in one of the oldest and most respected honor societies.
  • The opportunity to earn local, state, and national recognition for achievement.
  • Access to helpful training tools to build their skills through the school's membership.
  • An opportunity to compete to attend the National Tournament, the pinnacle of speech and debate, where 54 national champions are crowned.
MS: $10
HS: $20
One-time

COACH MEMBERSHIP

  • Professional development opportunities and credit through our learning management system, NSDA Learn.
  • An opportunity to network and connect with colleagues across the country via our online forums.
  • Access to online resources through the school’s membership.
  • Eligibility for local and national awards for progress and excellence in coaching, in the classroom, and in service to the speech and debate community.
  • Access to a professional coach accreditation program.
$20 One-time

RESOURCE PACKAGE

 

Enhance Your Membership

NSDA membership includes access to excellent training tools, competitive resources, and more. The Resource Package is a membership add-on for teams or individuals that offers the best speech and debate resources around all for one low price. The Resource Package provides coaches, educators, and students with valuable resources to improve their speech and debate skills, all curated by experts at the NSDA and successful educators across the country. Highlights include:
  • Exclusive access to videos of the most recent final round performances. Students can learn from watching successful peers!
  • Resources for competition and the classroom allow teachers and coaches to be efficient instead of seeking out multiple sources for materials.
  • Rather than paying hundreds of dollars per textbook for their classroom, teachers can access digital textbooks through the Resource Package to share with their students.
  $199 ANNUAL

Grants are available for new programs and Title 1 schools.

District-level personnel representing more than one school should inquire about bulk membership options

Let Your Students Shine

As your team begins their journey, you can rest assured your students are on the path to success. Purchase student memberships to enable their access to instructional tools and Honor Society recognition for competition, academic excellence, and service. Witness how your students grow and cheer them on as they compete among the best and hone their new skills.

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Let Your Students Shine

As your team begins their journey, you can rest assured your students are on the path to success. Purchase student memberships to enable their access to instructional tools and Honor Society recognition for competition, academic excellence, and service. Witness how your students grow and cheer them on as they compete among the best and hone their new skills.

Interested in learning about all of the benefits of NSDA membership? Find more information below!