Alabama Chess in Schools

The Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) initiative was Chess in School’s pilot program formulated in partnership with the Alabama State Department of Education and is the model for our current Chess in Education Initiative. ACIS began in 2015 and concluded its fourth year in May 2019.

Created and directed by Chess in Schools, ACIS demonstrated a model of introducing chess in the classroom that can be replicated in any state-wide or local school system. The research accompanying this project along with the field-tested approach to training teachers helps to establish the value of chess as an educational tool and shows that such a program can be introduced in locations with limited access to an existing chess community.

What is ACIS?

Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) is an initiative to promote child development through chess in schools throughout Alabama. The mission of ACIS is to provide resources and opportunities to all students to increase the use of higher order thinking and to practice 21st Century Skills* through regular exposure to chess concepts or chess play.

What makes ACIS exceptional?

ACIS is a teacher-driven initiative that is aligned with statewide standards. Schools selected for the first year pilot targeted Title I schools with no prior chess programs. Included in the initiative is an embedded research program. Chess training tools suited to classroom continue to be updated based on teacher feedback. The ACIS approach is designed to be both sustainable and scalable.

What do teachers say about the ACIS experience?


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