The fourth annual SPEAK conference for middle and high school speech and debate educators will be held on September 26 at the University of Kentucky.  SPEAK (the Speech Professional Education Alliance of Kentucky) is sponsored by the Kentucky District of the National Speech and Debate Association 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.

SPEAK 2014 will be kicked off by Kentucky High School Speech League Hall of Fame coach Mark Etherton of Murray and Rowan County High Schools.  Mr. Etherton coached multiple state champion teams and individual state and national champions during his teaching career.  His keynote speech will address Kentucky Speech and Debate, Past and Future, and will lead into a conference-wide roundtable discussion about the role of speech and debate in today’s educational climate.  Attendees will address Program Reviews, the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening, and how speech and debate classes and competitions can fulfill new needs raised by these educational advances.  After lunch, attendees will choose two of nine seminars addressing topics from teaching the Common Core communication standards in content areas to teaching the basic speech class to coaching new and established speech and debate teams.

Registration is due by Monday, September 22, via www.kyspeak.org. Fees for registration are $40 (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 (www.kyspeak.org).  Online registration will be live 8/25/14 and will end 9/22/14.

Any middle or high school teacher of speech, debate, communications, or who is helping teach the Common Core Standards for Speaking and Listening or who is involved in the Program Reviews for Writing or Arts and Humanities is strongly urged to attend.  Administrators and other interested parties are also welcomed.  Please join us at this very special event on 9/26 in Lexington.  We can’t wait to SPEAK with you!

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