Upcoming Events for Chess Educators

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In January 2023, the Chess in Education Committee will be hosting monthly webinars aimed at sharing helpful content with educators across the country. These webinars are free and will afford participants the opportunity to regularly engage with other participants in the session. Check back regularly for more information about the upcoming lineup of events.

January 29, 2023, 8 PM ET

Building a Vibrant Chess Community: Learning from Impact Coaching Network

In only a few short years, Impact Coaching Network led By Russ Makofsky has developed a remarkable group of schools with vibrant chess cultures.  In this webinar, we will meet Russ and members of his staff to learn about his approach to chess education and learn some of the critical elements he has implemented to  build communities of chess in New York City across a group of twenty schools.  Some topics to be discussed include:  

  • How to retain members of chess clubs in the elementary school
  • What are the keys to developing chess talent
  • How to convince school leaders that chess is important

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February 26, 2023, 8 PM ET

Teaching in Middle and High School Chess Programs

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March 26, 2023, 8 PM ET

Hamilton K-8 California - Creating recreational chess programs to foster the love of chess

Hamilton K-8 School is a public school in Novato, California that has built a culture and community of chess players where about 70% of the population now knows how to play, with half being girls in a school of 600 kids. The secret of its success has been in using chess as a social activity that creates a safe space while at the same time challenging students to be their best. We will explain how a culture of recreational chess can be used to engage new students and how to nurture that community to keep the fun while at the same time developing players towards excellence.

We will discuss:

  • How the program at Hamilton got started.
  • What is the overall philosophy and goal of the club and how it promotes more interest.
  • How to incorporate a growth mindset to teaching and the power of believing in students' ability to rise to challenges.
  • Teacher tips for managing different sets of expectations and different skill groups.

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To share an upcoming event of interest, please email Education@uschess.org

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