Alabama Chess in Schools

Alabama Chess in Schools

The Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) initiative is Chess in School’s flagship program. It was conceived as a four-year pilot project begun in 2015 and will conclude 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.


Alabama Chess in Schools

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.

Who sponsors ACIS?

Alabama Chess in Schools (ACIS) was launched in 2015 as a cooperative partnership between the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) and the Alabama Chess Federation (ACF). Chess in Schools, LLC is a non-profit subsidiary organization of the ACF established in July 2016 to manage its Chess in Education initiatives.

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?

The level of analytical thinking developed by playing is a sure way to promote concentration, thinking ahead, ​better brain function, improved​ ​memory​ ​and​ ​cognitive​ ​abilities,​ ​strategic​ ​thinking​ ​and​ ​attention​ ​improvement.

Terry Roller Superintendent Talladega City Schools

My students favorite part of the day is chess! Chess reaches every learning level from special education to the gifted student.

Mindee Allen Itinerant Gifted Specialist CCATS (Chambers County Accelerated & Talented Students)

Chess has been a huge benefit for my students that normally cannot sit still.

Pam Earle 6th Grade W. J. Carroll Intermediate School