FIDE Chess in Schools Commission Report
October 18, 2013
USCF Special Projects Consultant
USCF National Education Consultant
Member, FIDE Chess in Schools Commission
My responsibilities at the US Chess Federation include educational consulting and training with educators and chess leaders across the country. Sometimes the consultation is done by phone or email. At other times, the consultation is done on location with the dual purpose of developing new opportunities within that community. In addition, I often have the chance to present at regional or state education conferences or lead professional development for teachers. These presentations are instrumental in helping chess become an accepted teaching tool within the education community. Below are some of the highlights of 2013.
May - Flagstaff, Arizona – Ted Komada; Explored the possibilities of a district-wide chess initiative as well as the development of a STEM-related chess camp.
May - Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Neil Dietsch and Marie Stutts of the Freedom Chess Academy; Met with the directors of the University of Alabama’s “Every Move Counts” chess tutoring program. Also met with Tuscaloosa City Schools program directors regarding a city-wide chess emphasis that includes teacher professional development.
June - Regional literacy conference sponsored by the Tennessee Tech University chapter of the International Reading Association; Presented “Chess: A Common Core Approach to Literacy.”
June - Teacher professional development for 60 teachers in Baton Rouge, LA, June 10 – 13; Presented “Chess: A Common Core Approach to Literacy, Math, and Critical Thinking Skills.” Link to
the media coverage of this training: http://theadvocate.com/features/people/6243997-123/video-chess-class
June – Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina – Roz Katz and area chess leaders; Initial meeting of area chess community to develop a chess in schools initiative.
July - Teacher professional development for 46 teachers in Baton Rouge, LA, July 8 – 11; Presented “Chess: A Common Core Approach to Literacy, Math, and Critical Thinking Skills.”
August – Detroit, Michigan – Iris Ayala and area community leaders; Presented 3-hour seminar “Chess: A Common Core Approach to Literacy, Math, and Critical Thinking Skills.”
October – Tuscaloosa, AL – Spoke to the University of Alabama’s “Every Move Counts” honors class about chess and Common Core standards. Spoke to Alabama chess coaches at a meeting arranged by Neil Dietsch, President of the Alabama Chess Federation.
October – Professional development for teachers and staff of City Year and Teach for America in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 24 – 26; “Chess: A Common Core Approach to Literacy, Math, and Critical Thinking Skills.”