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This course is organized into the following sections: 

  • Introduction 
  • Engaging Black Students
  • Mentoring Black Students
  • Conclusion 

Both the engaging and mentoring sections include subsections for engaging/mentoring students with whom you identify, as well as with whom you do not identify. Some of the content between these sections may cover the same or similar content, but from a different angle and with the acknowledgement that important best practices should be touched on repeatedly. We encourage teachers and coaches to read the course in its entirety, regardless of whether or not you are a Black teacher and/or coach, because this will provide you with a richer understanding of the best practices we recommend throughout the course. However, if you only have time to read some sections, each section can be read independently to suit your need to find the information you feel is the most relevant to the needs of your students. The conclusion outlines the limitations of this course and offers recommendations for further work others can do to move the speech and debate community forward in terms of engaging and mentoring Black students. In addition to recommended reading that is pertinent to the content of this course, we will also point toward resources for classroom activities that you can use in either a traditional classroom or a speech and debate team.