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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Annual School Membership
High School: $149
Middle School: $75
Membership is good through July 31 of the school year for which you are renewing.
- EXPAND YOUR RÉSUMÉ: As a member, you join one of the oldest and most respected honor societies known to admissions offices. Contextualize your speech and debate experience for internships, college applications, and scholarship opportunities.
- BUILD YOUR SKILLS: You can access more than 1,000 competitive resources to practice your events and hone your superpowers.
- FIND MOTIVATION: You can earn points and track your progress based on your competition and service activities.
- UNLOCK AWARDS: Membership determines your eligibility for special NSDA awards for competitive success, academic achievement, or service.
- ATTEND NATIONALS: Members have the opportunity to qualify to the National Tournament where our champions are crowned.
- ELEVATE YOUR PRACTICES: Access online resources for speech and debate like lesson plans, textbooks, and practice tools through the school’s membership.
- GET RECOGNIZED: Stand out to your administration when we celebrate your team’s progress with press releases, email outreach, and awards for achievement, growth, and service.
- IMPROVE YOUR SKILLS: Access on-demand professional development opportunities and credit through our learning management system, NSDA Learn.
- MOTIVATE YOUR STUDENTS: Manage your roster and enter points to allow students to track their progress in the Honor Society. Find tools to shape your culture and manage your team.
Unlock Exclusive Features
by Adding the Resource Package
BenefitsNSDA 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.