September 22, 2019 – The European Chess Union’s Education Commission released this video explaining why chess is the ideal classroom tool to prepare children for the digital world. It offers a brief, but compelling case for why educators worldwide are introducing chess in schools! And why US Educators should pay attention!
For clients and past participants in the Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) program, Chess in Schools (CIS) is pleased to offer ChessKid Gold memberships to Schools at a discounted price. Due to a special arrangement with ChessKid, ordering through CIS allows you to have the advantage of ChessKid for your students at prices lower than what you would receive if you went directly online to place an order.
In addition to the many skill-building tools available for students, Chess-Kid has added a new feature for teachers – the Classroom Planner. Teachers now have a guide that provides a 30-unit outline that includes educational objectives (especially for math), links to lesson videos, and suggestions for supplemental activities. See this article by Christine VanCott to learn how to enhance your chess instruction and continue to build curriculum connections. The Classroom Planner offers teachers a single online location from which to build their chess lessons.
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The Center on the Developing Child (CDC) at Harvard University recently released findings about the critical nature of developing executive functions in early childhood and adolescence. The video is an overview of several papers on the subject. The online article includes this definition: “Executive function and self-regulation skills are the mental processes that enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and juggle multiple tasks successfully.” The guide emphasizes the point that the development of these functions has life-long implications.
Chess in Schools has developed a set of posters called “Think Like a Chess Player” to help students rehearse the skills they need to function successfully in the classroom and as adults. Schools who participate in the CIE Initiative Package receive the full set of posters as well as access to lesson plans designed by teachers to connect chess to the curriculum.
June 27, 2019 – CIS’s Jerry Nash has been named Editor in Chief for the journal Chess: Education and Science. This is the official journal of the Chess Scientific Research Institute (CSRI) at the Armenian State Pedagogical University at Kh. Abovyan.
The journal’s website indicates the main areas on which articles will focus. These include (italics added) “psychological (cognitive processes, intelligence, psychological conditions and phenomena etc.), sociological (educational potential and possibilities of chess, social attitude towards chess as an educational innovation), pedagogical (features of teaching chess, interdisciplinary interconnections, issues of professionals training), chess (researches based on essence and peculiarities of chess in the context of education).” Jerry looks forward to working with the editorial board as well as the staff of the journal and CSRI to build an international audience and enhance efforts for future research.
June 19, 2019 – Jerry Nash has been appointed to serve on the FIDE – EDU (World Chess Federation Education Commission) Workgroup: High Quality Standards for Chess Education. Members of the workgroup currently include chess in education leaders from seven countries: Armenia, Ireland, Venezuela, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Botswana, Hungary, and the United States.
We are also pleased to have the support of Ryan Hollingsworth, Executive Director of the School Superintendents of Alabama (SSA) organization.