KY SPEAK Conference Coming-up!

The third annual SPEAK conference for middle and high school speech and debate educators will be held on September 27 at the University of Kentucky.  SPEAK (the Speech Professional Education Alliance of Kentucky) is sponsored by the Kentucky National Forensic League and co-sponsored by the Kentucky High School Speech League, the Kentucky Catholic Forensic League, the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association, and the Division of Instructional Communication at the University of Kentucky.  Additional funding is provided by the National Federation of High Schools with promotional support from the Kentucky Department of Education.

SPEAK 2012 was attended by over 60 Kentucky educators and was incredibly well received.  SPEAK 2013 (Episode 3) promises to be even better! Our Keynote Speaker will be Adam Jacobi, one of the prominent speech educators in the country who has served in various roles with the National Forensic League, Ripon College, and Harvard Debate Council. Thirteen additional seminars will be offered throughout the day on topics including Program Reviews, Speech and the Common Core Standards, Debate coaching and instruction how-tos, and instructional seminars on Training Judges and Picking/Cutting Scripts.


Registration is due by Monday, September 23, via The SPEAK website is environmentally friendly will be updated next week for you to log in and complete your registration. Fees for registration are $25 (due upon arrival) and include a catered lunch.  Certificates of attendance as well as door prizes will be given.  Additional information about the conference, seminars, and discounted hotel rates as well as additional support material for speech and debate educators will be found at the SPEAK website (

I know all of us are thrilled to have the opportunity to grow as teachers and coaches in this field we so love.  I hope all of you will join us at this event on 9/27 in Lexington.  We can’t wait to SPEAK with you!

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