Chess is taught within the curriculum in school systems around the world. A key factor in the success of these programs has been training classroom teachers to introduce chess as both a game and as a tool for imparting many academic skills children can use to attain success in their own education. While expert chess instructors are a valuable resource, the most cost-effective programs to reach the greatest number of children will make use of the teachers who are already in the classroom.
The NSCF is working with our partners to develop new teacher training materials that align with Common Core State Standards and is embarking on a program to train classroom teachers nationwide. The long-term goal is to ensure high quality chess instruction is available to children in every community in the nation.
NSCF's teacher training workshops: Demystifying Chess, Thinking Skills Workshops for Teachers comprise two full-day workshops additional online homework and review tests for each class.
Even if you’ve never played chess, these workshops will prepare you to teach a chess program at your school. The workshops covers key topics for a 20+week program of chess instruction, across all grade levels. The goal of the workshop is not to dictate a specific curriculum but to provide the outline of key concepts and the order in which they should be introduced to have children playing chess successfully in a short period of time.
Over the past two school years, we have trained over 300 teachers for school, after school and community programs in Florida and California and we are available. Workshops are available to school districts and other community partners nationwide. For more information on Teacher Training programs, contact Robert McLellan via email at Robert@NSCFchess.org.
Workshops in Broward County, Florida are offered in partnership with the Broward Education Foundation.Visit our Next Move Teacher Training page in the Florida section of our website for details.
For over 25 years, the NSCF has been dedicated to helping kids learn chess. I received chess instruction at the Ridgeway Elementary School in White Plains and started my tournament career in NSCF tournaments.