Show Notes

Welcome to Teacher Edition with your host, Jenny. In this enriching episode, we’re honored to feature Gail Nicholas, a distinguished educator renowned for her expertise in speech and debate coaching. Join us as Gail Nicholas unveils the transformative process of integrating oratory and argumentation disciplines into the fabric of Christian educational institutions.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Implementing Speech and Debate: Explore the challenges and rewards associated with implementing speech and debate programs in Christian schools.
  • Positive Impact and Reputation: Gain insights into overcoming financial hurdles, fundraising strategies, and the positive impact of these programs on the school’s reputation and academic performance.
  • Christian Schools in Public Competition: Delve into compelling discussions on the unique position of Christian schools in the public school competition arena and the enduring benefits of speech and debate participation.
  • Adaptation Amidst Challenges: Examine the flexibility demonstrated by speech and debate initiatives in response to the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Curious to learn more? Here are some highlights:

  • Impact on Personal Development: Delve into inspirational anecdotes illustrating the profound impact of speech and debate on students’ personal and professional development.
  • Role of Parental Involvement: Engage in thought-provoking reflections on the vital role of parental involvement in the success and sustainability of speech and debate programs.
  • Practical Advice for Educators: Receive practical advice and encouragement for educators interested in developing similar initiatives within their own educational institutions.

Tune in today to gain invaluable insights and discover strategies for empowering students through the art of speech and debate!

About Our Guest

Gail Nicholas

Gail Nicholas, an educator with over 40 years of experience, holds degrees in social studies education and teaching history. Specializing in American government, she teaches at Bob Jones Academy alongside her husband Chuck, where they also coach speech and debate teams recognized nationally. Gail is distinguished as a 6-diamond key coach and Hall of Fame member of the National Speech and Debate Association. Beyond the academic year, she dedicates her summers to teaching speech and debate at Capitol Debate camps nationwide. Additionally, Gail directs a mock Senate for the American Association of Christian Schools at the Youth Legislative Training Conference in Washington, D.C. Above all else, Gail cherishes her role as grandmother to Emerson, a title she holds dear.

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