The Chess in Schools Mission


Chess changes lives.

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 educators in a way that aligns with their education goals and standards. As a result, we help teachers use chess as an educational tool to help students develop the skills needed for success in and beyond the classroom.

We are:

  • Adapting successful international CIE models for the decentralized US education community.
  • Developing a network of educational service providers to deliver CIE certification programs and to develop cost-effective CIE programs.
  • Working with international partners to foster a worldwide Chess in Education community.


Our Team

Chess in Schools brings together a talented team with a shared passion for developing children’s critical thinking, learning, and life skills through chess. The team provides a blend of expertise in education, chess training, technology, and management.

Managing Board of Directors

Neil Dietsch

Managing Director

Jerry Nash

National Chess Education Consultant

Brad Conaway

Marketing Director

Advisors, Contributors, Volunteers

Hannah Rawiszer, Ph.D
Owner, Helping Hannah Professional Services

  • CIS Operations Manager
  • Administrative Consultant
  • Education Consultant

Paul Nager

  • CIS Financial Officer
  • Chess Coach

Renate Otterbach, Ed.D

  • Researcher and Data Scientist
  • Cognition and Student Learning
  • Research, Statistics, and Assessment
  • Curriculum Theory and Design


Advisory Board

John Foley

  • Secretary, Educational Commission of European Chess Union
  • Director, ChessPlus

Jesper Hall

  • Chairman, Educational Commission of European Chess Union

Mike Klein

  • Chief Chess Officer, ChessKid


Jerry Nash


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