Chess Changes Lives

We show teachers how to use chess as an educational tool.  We believe chess-related activities help students to develop the skills needed for success in and beyond the classroom. Our mission is to advance the potential of Chess in Education (CIE) in the United States. Working with leaders in the international CIE movement, we bring CIE best practices to US educators in ways that align with their education goals and standards.

Setting the Standard for Chess in Education in the United States

Students involved in chess-related activities are …
  • Engaged
  • Focused
  • Collaborative
  • Critical Thinkers
  • Prepared with 21st Century Skills

Learn why US educators are embracing chess in the classroom.

Preparing for a Post-Pandemic School Year: 2022

Helping to Meet Students' Needs after the Pandemic

School systems across the country are planning now for the post-pandemic learning environment. Educators are examining new funding sources for programming to deal with issues like learning loss and resilience.

We at Chess in Schools believe that chess and chess-related activities provide a problem-solving environment spurring the development of logical thinking, promoting self-directed learning, and addressing many aspects of social-emotional learning.

Because of the emerging criteria for ARP ESSER funding and programming in this new normal, Chess in Schools understands the need to offer a customizable approach to its course offerings. Contact jerry@chessinschools to discuss the kind of high-quality training and resources you need to offer students an engaging chess program that builds crucial academic and 21st century skills.

Educators Worldwide Use Chess to Teach 21st Century Skills


The Education Commission of the European Chess Union released this video highlighting how chess addresses the skills needed by students in a changing society.

CIE Lesson Example

How is a CIE lesson different from traditional chess instruction?

Here’s an example of the sort of the training you might encounter in one of our CIE courses.


Find Out More about the Chess in Education (CIE) Movement

Chess in Schools is proud to announce the launch of a new global Chess in Education (CIE) portal, developed by Chess in Schools with the support of an international CIE Coalition.

CIS and New Hampshire State Department of Education Launch Statewide Chess in Education program.


(Formerly the Friends of Chess in Schools Newsletter)

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