Teacher Training

Chess Training for Teachers

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’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. Each workshop can be adapted so we deliver the content over multiple days, when needed.

Even if you’ve never played chess, the Demystifying Chess workshops will prepare you to teach a chess program at your school, in after-school or in community programs. The workshops covers key topics for a  22+ week program of chess instruction, regardless of grade level. 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. Course materials are tied to state standards and social-emotional learning competencies.

Over the past five years, we have trained over 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 Fresno County, California, as well as for Detroit Public Schools. We have also delivered half-day introductory trainings for 50 summer camp counsellors.

Demystifying Chess workshops are available to school districts and other community programs nationwide. For more information on Teacher Training programs, contact Robert McLellan via email at Robert@NSCFchess.org.