What is PSDA?

The Pennsylvania Speech and Debate Association, founded in 1987, is the outgrowth of a need for an organization focused on elementary, secondary, and collegiate communication teachers, as well as forensic coaches and judges. Its goal is to provide practical application of current theory, research, and literature for use within curricular and co-curricular programs throughout Pennsylvania. 

What does PSDA do?

The Pennsylvania Speech and Debate Association, founded in 1987, is the outgrowth of a need for an organization focused on elementary, secondary, and collegiate communication teachers, as well as forensic coaches and judges. Its goal is to provide practical application of current theory, research, and literature for use within curricular and co-curricular programs throughout Pennsylvania. 

  • Creates a network of speech, drama, and debate educators
  • Publishes a membership directory and newsletter for members
  • Provides help in developing curriculum, or in establishing forensic programs
  • Assists the non-speech teacher who serves as a forensic coach
  • Serves as a liaison to PDE, PASSP, PA Council for the Arts, PHSSL, NFL, NCFL, and NFSDA
  • Hosts speakers representing groups such as NFL and PHSSL
  • Offers an insurance policy through NFSDA for forensic coaches
  • Provides opportunities to share teaching techniques that work
  • Provides opportunities to exchange information, ideas, coaching methods, and contest-management skills among forensic coaches
  • Creates access to nationally recognized experts in speech and debate
  • Provides leadership roles in speech education and forensics
  • Holds a yearly conference filled with creative, educationally-based programs, and social gala
  • Co-sponsors with PHSSL the Hospitality Room for coaches and judges at the State Tournament at Susquehanna University

Are you interested in becoming a member?

Go to our member page and send an application