Teacher Training Workshops in Detroit – January 2020

Over 4 evenings in January (Jan. 13-16, 2020), we presented our Demystifying Chess Workshop for 24 Detroit Public Schools teachers. Then on Friday we attended Open Play at the Detroit Institute of the Art where some our workshop attendees were able to test their new knowledge against area school children! We look forward to seeing how these teachers positively affect their students for many years to come.

Demystifying Chess Workshops Train Hundreds of New Chess Teachers

Over the past five years, we have trained more than 650 teachers, law enforcement, and other professionals working with children to deliver chess instruction in school, after school and community programs in Broward County, Florida and in Fresno County, California, as well as for Detroit Public Schools.

While most of the instruction has been conducted by FM Sunil Weeramantry, a special thanks goes to award-winning chess columnist and teacher, NM Bill Cornwall who taught alongside Sunil for many of the early workshops in Broward County.

In addition to teachers and others who have taken the complete workshop, we have offered an abbreviated version of Workshop 1 to summer camp counsellors so they are able to assist our NSCF teachers in introducing chess to large numbers of students during summer camps. NSCF Senior Instructor Robert McKenzie is shown delivering the 2019 training to camp counselors from the City of Sunrise Leisure Services Department.